Joint Comments Submitted – Most Favored Nation (MFN) Model (CMS-5528-IFC)

January 26, 2021

AABB, America’s Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross submitted comments in response to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Most Favored Nation (MFN) Model interim final rule with comment (IFC). Our organizations strongly oppose the interim final rule implementing the MFN model because it dramatically changes Medicare payment policies without providing affected stakeholders…

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Joint Letter to FDA Regarding COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Implementation

January 8, 2021

A joint letter from America’s Blood Centers, AABB, and the American Red Cross requesting an extension of the enforcement discretion period to ensure CCP remains readily available to patients in need.

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Joint Letter to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board

December 7, 2020

ABC, along with AABB and American Red Cross, recently sent a joint letter to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, to encourage continued support on the awareness of the need for CCP donations. Our organizations are available as resources and look forward to working with the President-elect and the Vice President-elect transition team, the Transition…

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Joint Letter on ACIP Recommendation and CDC Vaccine Allocation

December 3, 2020

AABB, America’s Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross applauds the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on its recommendation to prioritize “healthcare personnel,” including blood centers’ personnel, for the allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine, and urges CDC to adopt this recommendation. Collectively, our organizations represent the nation’s blood collection establishments, transfusion services, and transfusion…

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Joint Letter to FDA on EUA Extension

November 2, 2020

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross, which collectively represent the nation’s blood collection establishments, transfusion services, and transfusion medicine professionals, have jointly submitted a letter to FDA to request an extension on the deadline to implement the new CCP EUA requirements.

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Joint Letter to CMS on CLIA

October 27, 2020

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross, which collectively represent the nation’s blood collection establishments, transfusion services, and transfusion medicine professionals, are submitting these comments on the interim final rule with comment period, CMS3401-IFC: Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Additional…

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Comments on Draft of the Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

September 4, 2020

On September 4, 2020, AABB, America’s Blood Centers, and the American Red Cross jointly submitted comments addressing the need to identify blood centers as health care facilities for the purpose of vaccine allocation.

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ABC Request for HIV Technical Correction

August 28, 2020

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) submitted joint comments to the docket on June 5, 2020 with AABB, American Red Cross (ARC), and the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) on “Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products”, April 2020. Again, we appreciate the FDA’s efforts to support the…

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