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SHM's Letters to Policymakers

Read SHM's Latest Letters

SHM Provides Feedback to Senate Finance Committee on Opioid Policies

February 16, 2018

SHM responds to the Senate Finance Committee request for feedback on policies to address the opioid epidemic.

Comments on Draft Hospital Harm Measures

February 16, 2018

SHM provides feedback to CMS on new hospital harm measures under development, including acute kidney injury, pressure ulcers, and opioid adverse events.

SHM Signs onto Multi-Stakeholder Letter Regarding PAHPA

February 06, 2018

Along with other organizations, SHM signs onto a letter requesting incentives for new antimicrobial research within the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

SHM Sends Letter in Support of Restored Funding for CHIP

November 27, 2017

SHM urges Congress to act now to restore funding for CHIP and ensure millions of children nationwide have access to health care. We stand ready to help move this important priority forward.

SHM Sends Letters of Support to the House and Senate for the Medicare Choices and Empowerment Act

September 20, 2017

SHM sends letters supporting the Medicare Choices and Empowerment Act, which gives patients access to end of life care.

SHM Submits Comments to CMS on the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2018

September 11, 2017

SHM submitted comments on this year’s fee schedule including evaluation and management guidelines, PQRS reporting, and MACRA.

SHM Submits Comments to the Ways and Means Committee on Statutory and Regulatory Relief

August 01, 2017

SHM submitted comments regarding observation care and APM thresholds to the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.

SHM Submits Comments on Proposed MACRA QPP

August 21, 2017

SHM submitted comments to CMS on proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP)/MACRA including facility alignment.

SHM Signs on to Friends of NQF Letter to Chairman Brady

July 18, 2017

Along with other organizations, SHM signs on to letter asking for continued Medicare funding for the National Quality Forum (NQF).

SHM Submits Comments on Proposed IPPS

June 13, 2017

SHM submitted comments on aspects of the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), including HRRP, HVBP, HAC, IQR, as well as lessening administrative burdens by eliminating observation care.

SHM Sends Letter on Reducing Regulatory Burdens in Current Pay-for-Performance Programs

May 23, 2017

SHM sends letter to CMS Administrator Verma and HHS Secretary Price on reducing the regulatory burden in PQRS, VM, and MU programs.

SHM Submits Comments on Episode-Based Measures in MACRA

April 24, 2017

SHM submitted comments to Medicare via the development of episode-based cost measures in MIPS.

SHM Signs on to AHRQ Multi-Stakeholder Letter in 2017 to House and Senate Asking for Funding Protection

April 05, 2017

Along with other organizations, SHM submits letter asking that AHRQ funding be protected.

SHM Sends Letter of Support for the Nomination of Scott Gottlieb, MD to FDA

March 17, 2017

SHM sends a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in support of Scott Gottlieb, MD as Commissioner of FDA.

SHM Comments on Implementation of Advanced BPCI

March 09, 2017

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is pleased to offer the following recommendations for consideration as CMS develops an Advanced Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative (Advanced BPCI).

The power of a letter.

Part of the Society of Hospital Medicine's advocacy efforts is providing feedback and expertise on legislation and regulations that affect hospital medicine and the healthcare system. SHM regularly sends letters to Congressional leaders and regulatory agencies.