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SHEA letter to HHS regarding National HAI Action Plan 2020 Targets
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Mar, 28 2014
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA provided comments in response to HHS’ National HAI Action Plan proposed new five-year 2020 targets.
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SHEA letter to FDA regarding fecal microbiota for transplantation (FMT) guidance
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Mar, 27 2014
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA submitted comments to FDA on its Guidance for industry regarding enforcement policy for use of FMT to treat Clostridium difficile infection not responsive to standard therapies.
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SHEA/IDSA letter to CMS advancing Antimicrobial Stewardship as a Condition of Participation
Author: SHEA, IDSA
Date Published: Mar, 04 2014
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA and IDSA submitted a joint letter to CMS on March 4 advancing Antimicrobial Stewardship as a Condition of Participation.
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SHEA Supports ADAPT Act
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Mar, 04 2014
Publication Format: PDF

On February 26, SHEA signed on to support the Antibiotic Development to Advance Patient Treatment (ADAPT) Act.
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SHEA and APIC submit joint comments to CMS on Outpatient and ASC proposed payment rule
Author: SHEA, APIC
Date Published: Aug, 28 2013
Publication Format: PDF

On August 28, SHEA and the APIC submitted joint comments to CMS on proposed updates to the OPPS and ASC Payment System for CY 2014.
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SHEA Supports Need for LPAD Legislation
Author: IDSA
Date Published: Jul, 31 2013
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA is one of 20 organizations urging Congress to enact legislation in support of IDSA’s ‘Support Limited Population Antibacterial Drug (LPAD)’ initiative.  The goal of LPAD is to create a new regulatory pathway for antibiotics (similar to that available for Orphan Drugs) that target special or limited patient populations—namely those suffering from serious or life-threatening infections with few or no satisfactory treatment options.  The new pathway will encourage the development of antibiotics that address the greatest unmet needs (mainly caused by resistance) and get them to patients faster.  SHEA signed onto this letter encouraging introduction of LPAD legislation that was sent to Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in the U.S. Senate and Representatives Philip Gingrey (R-GA) and  Gene Green (D-TX) in the U.S. House on July 31, 2013.
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SHEA response to CMS Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed changes for FY 2014
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Jun, 25 2013
Publication Format: PDF

On June 25, 2013, SHEA submitted comments to CMS on the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule for FY 2014.
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SHEA Supports IDSA’s STAAR Act
Author: IDSA
Date Published: Jun, 05 2013
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA joined with IDSA in a June 6, 2013 letter thanking Representative Jim Matheson (D-UT) for introducing a revised  “Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act”.   The STAAR act is intended to strengthen the federal response to antimicrobial resistance by appointing an office and director of the existing Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR) to better facilitate coordination and ensure success; establishing a Public Health Advisory Board comprised of non-government experts to advise the ITFAR on an on-going basis; and creating a strategic research plan drafted by a blue-ribbon panel of experts, among other things.
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SHEA/APIC Coalition letter to House and Senate Appropriations Leaders regarding FY 2014 funding for NHSN and Prevention Epicenters Program
Author: SHEA, APIC
Date Published: May, 06 2013
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: SHEA and APIC, along with two dozen partner organizations, sent correspondence to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on May 6 requesting their support of $31.5 million for the CDC’s NHSN and the Prevention Epicenters Program in the FY 2014 Labor HHS Appropriations Bills.  
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SHEA Supports IDSA’s LPAD Proposal
Author: IDSA
Date Published: Apr, 12 2013
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: SHEA has joined with IDSA supporting inclusion of its proposed new antibacterial approval pathway within the FDA Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) reauthorization legislation.  In an April sent to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Education, Labor and Pensions Committee leaders, SHEA joins IDSA and other endorsing organizations to make the case that establishment of the Limited Population Antibacterial Drug (LPAD) approval mechanism will complement and significantly strengthen existing antibiotic provisions found in the House and Senate draft PDUFA bills.
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Joint SHEA/APIC comments on CMS Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center proposed changes for CY2013
Author: SHEA and APIC
Date Published: Aug, 30 2012
Publication Format: PDF

On August 30, 2012, SHEA and APIC submitted joint comments to CMS on the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) quality reporting programs proposed rule for CY 2013.
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SHEA submits comments on draft Phase 3: Long-Term Care chapter of HHS HAI Action Plan
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Aug, 22 2012
Publication Format: PDF

On August 22, 2012, SHEA submitted comments on the draft Phase 3 Long-Term Care Chapter of the 5-year National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination (HAI Action Plan) developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
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Joint SHEA/APIC response to CMS Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed changes for FY 2013
Author: SHEA and APIC
Date Published: Jun, 25 2012
Publication Format: PDF

On June 25, 2012, SHEA and APIC submitted joint comments to CMS on the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule for FY 2013.
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Joint SHEA/APIC comments on proposed revisions to Tier 2 of the HHS National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections
Author: SHEA and APIC
Date Published: Jun, 25 2012
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA and APIC submitted joint comments to HHS on June 25, 2012, regarding proposed revisions to Tier 2 of the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare Associated Infections including sections on Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facilities, and Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel.
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View Tier 2 comments PDF (320 KB)
View ESRD PDF (337 KB)


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Coalition letter to congressional appropriators in support of FY 2013 funding for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
Author: IDSA
Date Published: Jun, 08 2012
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA joined IDSA and other partner organizations in a letter to congressional appropriators in support of an appropriation for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of at least $547 million for FY 2013, the level requested by the Administration.
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SHEA urges adoption of legislation establishing UDI system
Author: Advancing Patient Safety Coalition
Date Published: Jun, 04 2012
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA is joining with the Advancing Patient Safety Coalition to urge adoption by Congress of legislation requiring release of a proposed rule by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implementing a national unique device identification system.
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SHEA Responds to HHS’ Proposed Rules on Meaningful Use
Author: SHEA
Date Published: May, 07 2012
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA submitted a response to HHS’ proposed rules on certification criteria for EHR technology related to HAI data.  SHEA recommends that Meaningful Use recognize hospital reporting of HAI data to public health entities via CDC’s NHSN as a core requirement.
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SHEA/APIC Coalition letter to Congressional appropriators supporting FY 2013 NHSN Budget Request
Author: SHEA, CSTE, IDSA, Premier and APIC
Date Published: Mar, 29 2012
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA, CSTE, IDSA and Premier joined APIC in sending letter to Chairs and Ranking Members of Congressional Appropriations Subcommittees on Health in support of President Obama’s FY 2013 Budget Request of $27.5 million for CDC’s NHSN.
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SHEA submitted comments to PCORI on March 15, 2012, on the Institute’s National Priorities and Research Draft Agenda
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Mar, 15 2012
Publication Format: PDF

On March 15, 2012, SHEA submitted comments to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) on its National Priorities and Research Draft Agenda.
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IDSA Coalition letter to Congressional leaders regarding need for antibiotic research and development
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Feb, 22 2012
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA joined IDSA and a coalition of 50 medical and health groups on February 22, 2012 urging Congressional leadership to boost development of new antibiotics
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Joint letter to HHS in response to NVAC HCP Influenza Vaccination Subgroup’s draft recommendations
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Jan, 13 2012
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA joined IDSA and PIDS on January 13, 2012, in submitting comments on NVAC’s draft recommendations for healthcare personnel influenza vaccination
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NVAC Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Subgroup’s December 2012 draft recommendations for healthcare personnel influenza vaccination
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SHEA submitted comments to CMS on December 21, 2011 in response to a proposed rule on Conditions of Participation for Hospitals & Critical Access Hosp
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Dec, 21 2011
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA submitted comments to CMS on December 21, 2011 in response to a proposed rule on Conditions of Participation for Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
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CMS Proposed Rule dated October 24, 2011 on the Conditions of Participation for Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
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SHEA submitted comments to CMS on June 6, 2011 in response to a proposed rule on the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organization
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Nov, 02 2011
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA submitted comments to CMS on June 6, 2011 in response to a proposed rule on the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations. 

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CMS Final Rule dated November 2, 2011 on the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organization
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SHEA submits comments on CMS’ 2012 Hospital OPPS Proposed Rule
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Aug, 29 2011
Publication Format: PDF

On August 29, SHEA responded to CMS’ proposed rule on the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment and Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program for 2012.
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SHEA and APIC respond jointly to NQF NPP Draft Report on 2012 National Quality Strategy
Author: SHEA, APIC
Date Published: Aug, 24 2011
Publication Format: PDF

On August 24, SHEA and APIC submitted joint comments on a National Quality Forum (NQF) National Priorities Partnership (NPP) draft report to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the 2012 National Quality Strategy (NQS).

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SHEA response to OSHA Request for Information (RFI) on Infectious Disease Standard
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Aug, 04 2011
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: SHEA response to OSHA Request for Information (RFI) on Infectious Disease Standard - August 4, 2011

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SHEA response to CMS Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed changes for FY 2012
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Jun, 20 2011
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: On June 20, 2011, SHEA submitted comments to CMS on the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule for FY 2012.
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Joint letter to Secretary Sebelius regarding AHRQ HCUP State-level discharge rates for HAIs (SHEA/APIC; June 14, 2011)
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Jun, 14 2011
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: Joint letter to Secretary Sebelius regarding AHRQ HCUP State-level discharge rates for HAIs (SHEA/APIC; June 14, 2011)

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SHEA Comments on CMS Proposal for Hospital VBP Program
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Mar, 08 2011
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: SHEA submitted comments on March 8 in response to CMS’ proposed rule to implement a hospital inpatient Value Based Purchasing Program.

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SHEA Submits Recommendations on Meaningful Use and Electronic Medical Records
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Feb, 25 2011
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: SHEA submitted recommendations on February 25 to HHS' National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on electronic reporting of healthcare-associated infection data.

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SHEA Comments on NIOSH Proposed Rule on Infectious Disease Notification
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Feb, 11 2011
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: On February 11, SHEA responded to a proposed rule issued by NIOSH regarding notification requirements to protect emergency response employees from potentially life threatening diseases.
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SHEA, APIC and AHE Respond to EPA Regarding Fogging Applications
Author: SHEA, APIC and AHE
Date Published: Jan, 28 2011
Publication Format: PDF

SHEA, APIC and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) submitted a joint letter on January 28 to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to questions posed by the agency about fogging applications for disinfectants.
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SHEA Comments on Joint Commission’s Proposed 2012 National Patient Safety Goals: CAUTI and VAP
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Jan, 27 2011
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: SHEA submitted comments on January 27 in response to the Joint Commission’s Proposed 2012 National Patient Safety Goals related to preventing indwelling catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

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Pre-Rulemaking Comments on Implementation of Value-Based Purchasing (Sec. 3001 of the Affordable Care Act)
Author: SHEA
Date Published: Nov, 05 2010
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: SHEA submitted pre-rulemaking comments to CMS on November 5, 2010 in support of policies that link payment to quality outcomes and performance.

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Joint Letter to CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, MD on the Implementation of Specific Quality Measures Published by CMS in FY 2011 Medicare IPPS Rule
Author: SHEA, APIC, CSTE, Premier
Date Published: Sep, 30 2010
Publication Format: PDF

Abstract: SHEA, APIC, CSTE and Premier submitted a joint letter to CMS on September 30, 2010, regarding the implementation of specific quality measures published in its Final Rule for Medicare Program.

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PDFLetter to Secretary Sebelius Urging a Strengthened Policy in Support of Universal Immunization of Healthcare Personnel
Author: SHEA, IDSA
Date Published: August 31, 2010
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFStatement on FY 2011 Funding for HHS, CDC, NIH, and AHRQ
Author:
Date Published: April 19, 2010
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFResponse to CMS Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) Proposed Changes FY 2011
Author:
Date Published: June 18, 2010
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFResponse to IOM Workshop on PPE for Healthcare Workers to Prevent Transmission of Pandemic Influenza and Other Viral Respiratory Infections
Author:
Date Published: June 3, 2010
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFLetter to House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid Concerning Healthcare-Acquired Condition Payment Penalties in Senate-Passed Healthcare Reform Bill
Author: SHEA
Date Published: January 15, 2010
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFLetter to Secretary Sebelius on Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers Providing Routine Care for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed H1N1
Author:
Date Published: October 2, 2009
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFLetter to Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Senator Baucus on the Provision Related to Reducing Hospital-Acquired Conditions in the Chairman's Mark
Author: SHEA/IDSA/APIC
Date Published: September 22, 2009
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFLetter to Secretary Sebelius on Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers Providing Routine Care for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed H1N1
Author: SHEA/IDSA/APIC
Date Published: July 22, 2009
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFLetter to Chairman Waxman on National Public Reporting Provisions
Author: SHEA, APIC, IDSA, CSTE, Trust for America's Health
Date Published: July 16, 2009
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFResponse to CMS Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) Proposed Changes FY 2010
Author: SHEA, IDSA
Date Published: June 30, 2009
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFStatement on FY 2010 Funding for HHS, CDC, and NIH
Author:
Date Published: April 30, 2009
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFResponse to HHS Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections
Author: SHEA, IDSA
Date Published: February 6, 2009
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFResponse to Medicare Program: Listening Session on Hospital-Acquired Conditions in Inpatient Settings and Hospital Outpatient Healthcare-Associated Conditions in Outpatient Settings
Author:
Date Published: December 18, 2008
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFLetter to Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS, RADM W. Craig Vanderwagen, MD Regarding the Interim Guidance on the Use and Purchase of Facemasks and Respirators by Individuals and Families for Pandemic Preparedness
Author:
Date Published: July 2, 2008
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFLetter to Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS, RADM W. Craig Vanderwagen, MD Regarding Proposed Guidance on Antiviral Drug Use During an Influenza Pandemic
Author: SHEA, IDSA
Date Published: July 3, 2008
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFResponse to OSHA Proposed Guidance on Workplace Stockpiling of Respirators and Facemasks for Pandemic Influenza
Author: SHEA
Date Published: July 8, 2008
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFResponse to CMS Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) Proposed Changes FY 2009
Author: SHEA, IDSA
Date Published: June 13, 2008
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFResponse to NIOSH Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers Action Plan
Author: SHEA
Date Published: May 27, 2008
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFLetter of Endorsement for S. 2313, Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance Act
Author: SHEA
Date Published: March 2008
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFResponse to Senator Durbin Regarding Resolution for MRSA Month
Author:SHEA
Date Published: February 2008
Publication Format: PDF

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PDFResponse to JCAHO on the Draft 2009 National Patient Safety Goals for Hospital and Critical Access Hospitals
Author:
Date Published: February 2008
Publication Format: PDF

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