NEW DEADLINE Cosign Letter to CMS Concerning Outpatient Payment Rate

The rule proposes to reduce payment rates for outpatient services billed under “evaluation and management” codes in an effort to curb utilization of these services. We are concerned that by cutting critical services delivered in the lower-cost outpatient
setting, the proposal will undermine CMS’ efforts to reward value over volume.

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Cosign Letter to CMS Concerning Outpatient Payment Rate

The rule proposes to reduce payment rates for outpatient services billed under “evaluation and management” codes in an effort to curb utilization of these services. We are concerned that by cutting critical services delivered in the lower-cost outpatient
setting, the proposal will undermine CMS’ efforts to reward value over volume.

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Support Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who assist persons w/ intellectual and developmental disabilities

We are writing concerning Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) such as autism and behavioral support professionals. Providers of home and community-based services (HCBS) employ DSPs for the important role of providing community supports to children and adults
with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). DSPs are the backbone of these supports, with complex duties that are not adequately captured by existing standard occupational classifications. Providers are concerned that the current classification
system is affecting state and federal agencies’ policy decisions, such as rate-setting, leading to negative longstanding effects in the retention and recruitment for this workforce. This letter simply asks the Bureau of Labor Statistics to consider classify
these professionals as health care support occupation. 

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COSPONSOR H.R. 1697: The Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Please join us in cosponsoring H.R. 1697, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, to combat the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which threatens the economic stability of America’s strongest ally in the Middle East, as well as the countless
American companies operating in Israel. Specifically, this bill would amend the Export Administration Act of 1979 to prohibit boycotts or requests for boycotts imposed by international governmental organizations against Israel—similar to prohibitions already
in place with respect to boycotts imposed by foreign countries. This measure also directs the U.S. Export-Import Bank to consider BDS activity when evaluating a foreign company’s credit application.

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Join the Korea Caucus

Sending Office: Honorable Peter J. Roskam Sent By: Omri.Rahmil@mail.house.gov Dear Colleague, For sixty years, the U.S.-Korea alliance has been characterized by political and diplomatic cooperation, healthy economic and trade relations, and a strong friendship. American and Korean soldiers have stood and continue to stand together in defense of freedom and shared values as we strive […]

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