ABC Welcomes New Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS

July 6, 2021

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) welcomes the Honorable Dawn O’Connell, JD to the role of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). ABC looks forward to working with the ASPR to ensure broad awareness of the essential role of the blood supply in the health care system as well as the continuous need for blood donors…

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Joint Statement: Nation Urged to Give Blood for Hospital Patients this June

June 11, 2021

The following statement has been issued by AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross regarding the status of the nation’s blood supply: Blood donations are critically needed now and throughout the summer to ensure availability of all blood types for patients in need. While summer can often be a challenging season for blood…

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Letter to FDA: Temporary Blood Guidances in Place During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 27, 2021

In April of 2020 FDA issued three guidance documents which modified recommendations for blood collections relating to HIV, Malaria and Alternative Procedures for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. In a letter to the FDA, ABC submitted comments in support of making the three blood guidances permanent – beyond the duration of the…

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Letter to HHS: Automate the collection of data for the NBCUS

May 24, 2021

Re: Document 0990-0313 Agency Information Collection Request: National Blood Collection& Utilization Survey (NBCUS) The biennial NBCUS is the only source of comprehensive data on blood collection and usage available for both public and private stakeholders, to support benchmarking and surveillance, ongoing research, regulatory needs, disaster planning, and national security concerns. In comments submitted this week…

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Welcome Letter to Assistant Secretary for Health Levine

May 14, 2021

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) welcomes you to the role of Assistant Secretary for Health. In your new role as HHS Blood Safety Director, ABC looks forward to working with you to ensure broad awareness of the essential role of the blood supply in the health care system as well as the continuous need for blood…

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Welcome Letter to Surgeon General Murthy

May 14, 2021

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) welcomes you back to the role of Surgeon General. ABC appreciates the strong support you have historically shown for the blood supply and looks forward to working with you to ensure broad awareness of the essential role of the blood supply in the health care system as well as the continuous…

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Welcome Letter to HHS Secretary Becerra

May 14, 2021

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) welcomes you to the role of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ABC looks forward to working with you to ensure broad awareness of the essential role of the blood supply in the health care system as well as the continuous need for blood donors to ensure…

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Joint Statement: Blood Donation Concerns Rise as Country Enters New Phase of the Pandemic

April 16, 2021

As the country adjusts to a new phase of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, prioritizing the availability of the U.S. blood supply is paramount. Blood is an essential part of the nation’s health care system and relied upon for medical treatments for millions of patients. No substitute for blood exists and blood products have a limited…

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Joint Statement on the Widespread Snow and Ice Disrupting Nation’s Blood Supply

February 18, 2021

Severe winter storms bringing debilitating snow, ice and cold to much of the United States are causing widespread concern for the nation’s blood supply. Many blood centers have had to close their doors for multiple days due to power outages or weather conditions, resulting in a loss of more than 25,000 donations in February alone.…

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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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