UPH Government & External Affairs

UnityPoint Health Submits Federal and State Public Comments: August 2020

by | Aug 19, 2020

In partnership with clinical and operational leadership and staff from across UnityPoint Health, the Government & External Affairs Department has recently submitted formal public comments and feedback on the following:

  • CDC COVID-19 Lab Reporting

  • Public Health and Healthcare Workgroup of the Iowa Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board

  • IRS Treatment of Certain Medical Arrangements

Recent collaborative and sign-on efforts include:

  •  Proposed Reforms to the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Regulation – letter from various Wisconsin health systems to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Acting Director Vought

  • Keeping Medicare Patients’ Improved Access to Care through Telehealth – letter from The Academy Advisors to the House Committee on Ways and Means

To view any of the above letters, please click here to visit the UnityPoint Health Public Comments webpage. Additionally, the following Requests for Information, Proposed Rules or Initiatives are under review as candidates for UnityPoint Health submissions:

  • Home Health CY 2021 Rates – Due August 24
  • End-Stage Renal Disease CY 2021 Rates – Due September 4
  • Federal Coordination to Promote Economic Mobility for All American Request for Information – Due October 2
  • Treatment of Medicare Part C Days in the Circulation of a Hospital’s Disproportionate Patient Discharge – Due October 5
  • Physician Fee Schedule CY 2021 – Due October 5
  • Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System CY 2021 – Due October 5
  • Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Request for Information – Due October 5

For more information on UnityPoint Health and its public comments to local, state and federal agencies, please contact Cathy Simmons, executive director of regulatory affairs at UnityPoint Health.