The Vizient Public Policy and Government Relations team engages with Congress and the administration through direct advocacy and working through coalitions in Washington. With direct letters, regulatory comments and other activities, Vizient works to form constructive relationships with lawmakers in both parties in the House and Senate, as well as with regulatory agencies and administration officials.

2017 Advocacy

Nov. 20 - Vizient comment letter in response to request for information on the new direction for CMMI.

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Nov. 17 - Vizient endorsement of H.R. 4392 to prevent CMS from implementing payment reductions for 340B eligible hospitals

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Oct. 16 - Vizient comment letter to CMS on proposed cancellation of Episode Payment Models and changes CJR program.

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Oct. 13 - Vizient-endorsed coalition letter seeking congressional action on home infusion wraparound payments

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Sept. 27 - Vizient comments to CMS on proposed changes to the Hospital Star Ratings methodology.

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Sept. 20 - Vizient, Inc. raises concerns about proposed Cassidy-Graham health reform legislation and urges Congress to protect America's health care safety net.

Sept. 19 - Vizient-endorsed coalition letter to the House in support of the CREATES Act.

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Sept. 19 - Vizient endorsed coalition letter to the Senate in support of the CREATES Act.

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Sept. 18 - Vizient-endorsed hospital letter to the House urging a delay in pending Mediciad DSH payment cuts.

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Sept. 18 - Vizient-endorsed hospital coalition letter to the Senate urging a delay in pending Medicaid DSH cuts

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Sept. 11 - Vizient comment letter to CMS on the Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule

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Sept. 11 - Vizient comment letter to CMS on the proposed 2018 physician fee schedule.

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Sept. 5 - Vizient-endorsed coalition letter in support of extending the Children's Health Insurance Program and other safety-net programs.

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August 28 - Vizient comment letter to CMS on proposed DSH allotment reductions

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Aug. 21 - Vizient Comments to CMS on Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program

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August 3 - Vizient comment letter to the IRS and Treasury Department calling for additional guidance for tax exempt hospitals related to social-determinants of health and accountable care organizations.

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July 26 - Vizient letter of endorsement for H.R. 3325, the ACE Kids Act

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June 13 - Vizient comments on the FY2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule

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May 23 – Vizient’s comments on ACA repeal and replace efforts to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

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May 19 – Vizient’s comments to the Food and Drug Administration regarding biosimilar Demonstration Interchangeability with a Reference Product

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May 18 – Vizient statement for the record for House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on the Medicare program

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May 16 – Vizient letter of endorsement for H.R. 2267, The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act

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May 9 - Vizient applauds administration’s efforts to identify solutions to address rising drug costs

May 5 - Vizient statement on the House passage of the American Health Care Act

May 1 - Vizient statement continuing opposition to the American Health Care Act after amendments modified coverage protections

April 19 – Vizient comment letter to CMS on Episode Payment Model Interim Final Rule

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April 17 – Vizient letter of endorsement for the FAST Generics Act

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April 14 – Vizient letter to Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in support of the ACE Kids Act

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April 14 – Vizient letter to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) in support of the ACE Kids Act

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March 9 - Vizient statement on release of American Health Care Act

Feb. 17 – Vizient endorsed coalition letter in support of the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board

Jan. 26 – Vizient endorsed coalition letter in support of an earlier transition to home infusion wraparound payments

Jan. 18 – Vizient letter to President-elect Trump detailing positioning on efforts to repeal and replace the ACA

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Jan. 18 – Vizient letter to HHS Secretary Appointee Dr. Tom Price detailing positioning on efforts to repeal and replace the ACA

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Jan. 18 – Vizient letter to House and Senate leadership detailing positioning on efforts to repeal and replace the ACA

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2015 Advocacy

Oct. 8, 2015 - VHA letter of support for S. 688, the Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmission Program Act

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Oct. 8, 2015 - VHA letter of support for H.R. 1343, the Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmission Program Act

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Aug. 6 - VHA endorsed hospital coalition letter urging CMS to finalize regulations modifying the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for FY2015 to 2017

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May 29, 2015 - VHA's comments to CMS on proposed rule Stage 3 meaningful use rule

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May 28 - VHA comments to the Internal Revenue Service regarding financial assistance policy provider list requirements

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May 27, 2015 - VHA endorsed hospital coalition letter opposing H.R. 2513

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May 11, 2015 - VHA letter of support for HR 2156 Medicare Audit Improvement Act

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May 5, 2015 - VHA endorsed coalition letter supporting repeal of the independent payment advisory board

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April 21, 2015 -VHA endorsed hospital coalition letter to the Senate opposing sequestration in Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation

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April 21, 2015-VHA endorsed hospital coalition letter to the House opposing sequestration in Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation

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April 13, 2015 - VHA endorsed hospital coalition letter urging the passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act

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April 13, 2015 - VHA endorsed statement to Senate Finance Committee Working Group on Community Development& Infrastructure

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March 25, 2015 - VHA's letter of support for H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Authorization Act of 2015

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March 25, 2015 - VHA endorsed coalition letter in support of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

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Feb. 4, 2015 - VHA endorsed hospital coalition letter opposing payment cuts to pay for SGR fix

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