ABC Submits Joint Letter to CMS on Convalescent Plasma Reimbursement

January 21, 2022

America’s Blood Centers joined the national blood community in submitting a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting that the agency ) expeditiously update its coverage and reimbursement policies for COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) to ensure that patients have access to CCP furnished in both the outpatient and inpatient settings of…

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ABC Statement on COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

January 10, 2022

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and its network of not-for-profit community blood centers remain committed to supporting the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic response. In light of clinical trials showing positive efficacy of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) when administered early in the course of treatment, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently updated the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)…

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Joint Statement: Blood Donors Urgently Needed During National Blood Donor Month and Throughout the Winter

January 10, 2022

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are joining together during National Blood Donor Month, to urge eligible, healthy individuals to contact their local blood center and make an appointment to donate blood today. We also ask local businesses to encourage their employees, including those working remotely, to find their local blood donation…

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Joint Statement: Blood Donors Needed this Holiday Season

December 13, 2021

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are joining together to urge eligible, healthy individuals to contact their local blood center and make an appointment to donate blood today. We also ask local businesses to encourage their employees, including those working remotely, to find their local center and schedule an appointment to donate…

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Blood Transportation to be Allowed to Use HOV Lanes

November 12, 2021

On Saturday November 6, 2021, Congress passed the long-awaited Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. ABC, AABB, and ARC have been working together with Congress to ensure the bipartisan, non-controversial provision to allow blood transportation to use HOV lanes was included in this bill. The bill states that “The public authority may allow blood transport vehicles…

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ABC Submits Comments on Blood Supply to BPAC

November 2, 2021

America’s Blood Centers (ABC) has provided comments to the U.S. Food and DrugAdministration’s (FDA) Blood Product Advisory Committee (BPAC) ahead of theNovember 4th meeting. In the comments, the committee received an update of the“ongoing work” of ABC member blood centers during the COVID-19 pandemicand the challenges facing them and the blood community in maintaining the…

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Letter & Comments to OASH: Document 0990-0313-30D Agency Information Collection Request: National Blood Collection & Utilization Survey (NBCUS)

October 22, 2021

Re: Document 0990-0313 Agency Information Collection Request: National Blood Collection& Utilization Survey (NBCUS) Thank you very much to the OASH and CDC staff working on the NBCUS for providing responses to ABC’s comments, dated May 24, 2021, on the draft 2021 NBCUS. We reviewed the responses received August 26, 2021 and provided our additional comments…

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Joint Statement: Blood Donors Urgently Needed This Fall as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

September 29, 2021

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are joining together to urge eligible, healthy individuals to contact their local blood center and make an appointment to donate blood. Doing so is essential to maintaining the stability of the nation’s blood supply, which ensures life-saving medical treatments are available for patients.  The blood supply…

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Blood Community Submits Joint Comments to CMS Regarding Proposed OPPS Rule

September 24, 2021

America’s Blood Centers, AABB, and the American Red Cross submitted joint comments to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) regarding the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems proposed rule for calendar year 2022. The comments focus on the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes P9099 (Blood component or…

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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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