CMS Publishes CY 2020 OPPS Final Rule

November 8, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the calendar year (CY) 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule. It addresses payment to hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), including payment rates for blood components. Laboratory date of service (DOS) exception policy. The rule finalized the categorical exemption of…

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ABC Urges FDA to Continue to Evaluate Impact of New Final Guidance on Platelet Availability

October 3, 2019

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) encourages the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue to assess the impact of the Final Guidance issued on Bacterial Risk Control Strategies for Blood Collection Establishments and Transfusion Services to Enhance the Safety and Availability of Platelets for Transfusion Guidance for Industry. While the Final Guidance took an important step…

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Support Letter for Repeal of Medical Device Tax

September 27, 2019

On behalf of the over six hundred innovators, patient groups, physicians, hospitals, venture capitalists and other stakeholders signed below representing millions of patients and hundreds of thousands medical technology jobs, we respectfully request that Congress prioritize repeal of the medical device excise tax before it causes any more harm to the innovation ecosystem. While the…

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Joint Letter to CMS in Response to Proposed Rule Related to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)

September 26, 2019

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross welcome the opportunity to submit comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the proposed rule related to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2019. Collectively, our organizations represent the nation’s blood…

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Value of Blood Whitepaper Published

August 30, 2019

A joint initiative between the America’s Blood Centers (ABC) Policy Council and Scientific, Medical, and Technical Committee, this paper confirms the role of a safe and robust blood supply to the overall U.S. healthcare system and highlights areas that warrant further attention and support. Topics focus on current challenges, clinical value of blood, areas of…

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Blood Donor Reactions in Teenagers Whitepaper Released

August 20, 2019

Blood donation is a safe and common activity that meets a critically important community need. When adverse events occur, most are mild and consist primarily of hematomas and vasovagal reactions (VVRs). VVRs are particularly frequent in teenage donors and there has been an increased effort to research and reduce these events. VVRs can occur from…

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Joint Letter to HHS in Support of Federal Blood Advisory Committees

July 19, 2019

On behalf of the undersigned groups representing the nation’s blood collection establishments, transfusion services, and transfusion medicine professionals, we request that as you review the federal advisory committees as required by the Executive Order issued on June 14, 2019, you support the current structure of two distinct federal advisory committees charged with making recommendations related to the safety and availability of our nation’s blood supply.

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National Association of Broadcasters Public Service Announcement (PSA) Campaign Kicks Off

July 18, 2019

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has included blood donation in their 2019 Congressional Public Service Announcement (PSA) Campaign. NAB has hosted the Congressional PSA Campaign in off-election years since 1985. All members of Congress and their family members were invited to participate in the campaign. Radio and television broadcasters have the option to air…

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Comments to Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation Regarding FDA’s Zika Screening Guidance

July 10, 2019

The undersigned organizations appreciate the opportunity to submit comments to the ACBSCT. Collectively, our organizations represent cord blood banks and individuals in the cord blood community, such as physicians and other healthcare providers, researchers and professionals in cord blood banking and transplantation. We are submitting this letter with a request to be added to the…

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CMS Extends Enforcement Discretion Period 6 Months for 14-Day Rule for Advanced Laboratory Tests

June 28, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced late today that they have extended the enforcement discretion period with respect to the laboratory date of service exception policy (14-Day rule for Advanced Laboratory Tests). The enforcement discretion is extended for 6 months until January 2, 2020. CMS’s announcement is accompanied by a questions and…

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