SHEA expertise is routinely sought by regulatory and legislative entities. This section showcases public comments and policy communications.

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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 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 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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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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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 - August 4, 2011

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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)

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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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