UnityPoint Health | 2018 Public Comments

2018 Public Comments

When relevant legislation, regulations, guidance, and other opportunities to shape policy related to health services research arise, UnityPoint Health may decide it is appropriate to develop an official position. The UnityPoint Health Government & External Affairs department serves as the primary liaison for regulatory submissions in response to state and federal rule-making and public requests for information, as well as communications advocating changes in state and federal policy direction or strategic initiatives.

Federal Comments

Price and Information Transparency

Agency: U.S. Senate
Request for Stakeholder Input on Health Care Pricing and Information Transparency from a Bipartisan Group of Senators.

Additional Information on Association Health Plans

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Modernization

Agency: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Request for Information on Revisions to Personnel Regulations, Proficiency Testing Referral, Histocompatibility Regulations and Fee Regulations Under CLIA.

Additional Information on CLIA

Association Health Plans

Agency: Department of Labor
Definition of ''Employer'' Under Section 3(5) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)—Association Health Plans.

Additional Information on Association Health Plans

Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS)

Agency: Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Health and Human Services (HHS)
Solicitation of New Safe Harbors and Special Fraud Alerts.

Additional Information on the AKS

Hospital-Wide Mortality Measurement

Agency: Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center)
Two measures of hospital-wide mortality (patient deaths) were developed.

Additional Information on Hospital-Wide Mortality Measurement

State Comments

Currently, no 2018 state comments are available.

Legislative Position and Collaborative Sign-On Letters


Lead Agency: National Coalition on Health Care
Audience: Congressional Leadership
Sign-on letter dated March 2018 to urge Congressional action to stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Cigarette Tax – Iowa

Lead Agencies: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Iowa Cigarette Tax Coalition
Audience: Iowa Legislators
Sign-on letter from January 2018 to encourage increase in cigarette tax and to invest in tobacco use prevention and cessation program.

Extenders Package

Lead Agency: American Academy of Family Physicians
Audience: Congressional Leadership
Sign-on letter dated January 2018 to support retroactive and future funding for federal health care programs and services, including the Community Health Center Fund, Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment funding, Medicare Therapy Cap Extension, Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, National Health Service Corps, and Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) GPCI Parity Policy.

For Further Information:

Please email Cathy Simmons, Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs.