ABC Calls on the FDA to Cease Testing for Zika Virus

December 9, 2019

In light of ongoing epidemiology data showing no evidence that mosquitoes in the continental U.S. have transmitted ZIKV since 2017, ABC believes the Food and Drug Administration should take immediate action to cease testing of blood donations for the Zika virus. Ongoing Zika virus testing imposes significant costs to the healthcare system without materially contributing…

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Cold Stored Platelets for Transfusion Blood Products Advisory Committee Statement

November 22, 2019

Americas Blood Centers’ (ABC) is North America’s largest network of FDA-licensed, independent, non-profit community-based blood centers. Our members collect, process, and distribute over half of the blood supply in the United States. We thank the FDA and BPAC for the opportunity to present our member’s views on cold stored platelets. The use of cold stored…

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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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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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Joint comments to CMS on Hospital Inpatient PPS for Acute Care Hospitals and Long Term Care Hospitals FY2020

June 25, 2019

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross appreciate the opportunity to submit comments in response to the proposed rule updating the hospital inpatient payment system and the long-term care hospital (LTCH) payment system for 2020 (Proposed Rule). Collectively, our organizations represent the nation’s blood collection establishments, transfusion services, and transfusion medicine professionals. Our…

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Joint Comments to CMS Regarding Inpatient Rehab Facility Prospective Payment System FY 2020

June 25, 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 entitled, “Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 and Updates to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program” (Proposed Rule), which…

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Joint Comments to CMS Regarding Skilled Nursing Facility PPS FY 2020

June 17, 2019

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross appreciate the opportunity to submit comments in response to the proposed rule announcing the hospice wage index and payment rate update and hospice quality reporting requirements for fiscal year 2020 (Proposed Rule), which was published in the Federal Register on April 25, 2019. Collectively, our organizations…

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Joint Comments to CMS Regarding Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update FY 2020

June 17, 2019

AABB , America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross appreciate the opportunity to submit comments in response to the proposed rule announcing the hospice wage index and payment rate update and hospice quality reporting requirements for fiscal year 2020 (Proposed Rule), which was published in the Federal Register on April 25, 2019. Collectively, our…

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ABC Submits Comments on Bacterial Risk Control Strategies for Blood Collection Establishments and Transfusion Services to Enhance the Safety and Availability of Platelets for Transfusion Draft Guidance

March 8, 2019

In April 2017, we provided comments to the FDA including additional important information intended to reinforce positions stated in our May 2016 comments. This information was intended to identify specific critical concerns important to both blood collection establishments and transfusion services and to alert FDA to adverse, unintended consequences expected to impact the blood supply…

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ABC, AABB, and the American Red Cross Joint Letter Requesting that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Create “miscellaneous/not otherwise classified” HCPCS II Code for Blood Products as Part of the HCPCS 2020 Annual Update

January 4, 2019

ABC, AABB and the American Red Cross joint letter requesting that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) create “miscellaneous/not otherwise classified” HCPCS II code for blood products as part the HCPCS 2020 annual update.

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