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Public Comments

Comments on NHLBI Draft Strategic Research Priorities

Author: Afib Optimal Treatment Taskforce

Date: March 7th, 2016

Letter to the Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications (OSPEEC) at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) urging the Institute to include the Afib Optimal Treatment Task Force's critical challenge of developing an effective integrated bleeding risk assessment tool as part of the NHLBI's final Strategic Research Priorities. 



Public Comments

MCC Working Group Comment Letter

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 26th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research's sent a comment letter concerning the Senate Finance Committees' Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) Working Group's policy options paper. The comment letter made recommendations concerning: stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, healthcare-associated Infections, adult immunization, independence at home, and telehealth and remote patient monitoring. 





Public Comments

U.S. Pain Foundation Comments Regarding Legislation on Opioid Management, Incorporating Medical Expertise Act

Author: U.S. Pain Foundation

Date: December 10th, 2015

The Alliance and other organizations signed on with this December 10, 2015, letter produced by the U.S. Pain Foundation focused on Draft Legislation HR 4063, Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Medical Expertise Act.




Public Comments

Letter to Sen. Coons and Schatz Regarding OMB M 12 M Memo

Author: Various

Date: August 10th, 2015

This letter from a group of organizations including the Alliance thanks U.S. Sens Chris Coons and Brian Schatz for "championing the amendment to provide the Office of Management and Budget the flexibility to update its M-12-12 memo during the recent markup of the FY 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act."



Public Comments

Letter to Senate Finance Committee Regarding Multiple Chronic Condition Legislation

Author: Alliance for Aging Research

Date: June 22nd, 2015

This is a letter from the Alliance to the Senate Finance Committee applauding its "commitment to improving care for people living with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and appreciate the opportunity to assist the Senate Finance Committee in developing comprehensive MCC legislation."





Public Comments

21st Century Cures Letter to House Members in Regard to NIH Funding

Author: Various

Date: May 13th, 2015

This letter from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, to various members of the U.S. House of Representatives acknowledged them for "including in the 21st Century Cures Act an additional $10 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over five years."




Public Comments

Letter to the Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell about the Better, Smarter, Healthier Initiative

Author: PIPC

Date: April 30th, 2015

This is a letter from the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC), which was also signed by the Alliance for Aging Research, to the Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, applauding her work to improve quality and patient-centeredness in health care through the Better, Smarter, Healthier initiative.




Public Comments

Letter to Ayotte, Bennet, Black, and Grisham on Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus

Author: Various

Date: April 20th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research joined other organizations in this letter commending Sen. Kelly Ayotte,  Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Michael Bennet, and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for  their leadership in establishing and co-chairing the bipartisan, bicameral Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus.



Public Comments

Letter to Hatch and Bennet in Support of the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act

Author: Various Organizations

Date: January 30th, 2015

This letter was from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, to Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Michael Bennet to "express support for S. 185, the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act, legislation to establish a new limited population antibacterial drug approval pathway for antibiotics to treat serious or life-threatening infections for which there exists an unmet medical need."



Public Comments

Letter on Funding for NHSN, Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, and AMD Initiative

Author: Various Organizations

Date: April 29th, 2015

This letter to Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Barbara Mikulski,  Rep. Harold Rogers, and Rep. Nita Lowey from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, requests "$32 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and the Prevention Epicenters Program; $264 million for CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative; and ask for your continued support of the Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) Initiative at $30 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. " 



Public Comments

Letter to Various Representatives Regarding Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302(b) Allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee

Author: Various Organizations

Date: April 20th, 2015

This letter from various organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, to Rep. Harold Rogers, Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Nita Lowey, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro requests "to restore the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302(b) allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to at least the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion." 






Public Comments

S-FAR CARB Letter

Author: S-FAR

Date: December 7th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research signed on to a U.S. Stakeholders Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) letter in support of National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB). 



Public Comments

S-FAR LTCF Letter

Author: S-FAR

Date: October 14th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research signed on to a U.S. Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR)  letter in support of the antibiotic stewardship provisions in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule revising the requirements long term care facilities (LTCFs) must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.  



Public Comments

Alliance for Connected Care Chronic Conditions Letter

Author: Alliance for Connected Care

Date: October 1st, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research signed on to a letter asking the Senate Finance Committee to create a transition mechanism by which the Secretary of Health and Human Services may lift originating site restrictions and allow payment for remote monitoring of Medicare beneficiaries suffering from chronic diseases. 



Public Comments

Alzheimer's Disease PCORI Priorities Letter

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 5th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research submitted a letter to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) suggesting possible research for the Institute to consider, aimed at improving outcomes for people with Alzheimer's disease. The Alliance encouraged the following topics:

  • Impact of non-pharmacologic interventions for Alzheimer’s disease on patient outcomes, caregiver burden and rates of institutionalization
  • Evaluation of screening methodologies, for relative ease/uptake and associated optimization across provider groups and settings of care;
  • Assessment of how Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and treatment affects management of comorbidities;
  • Frequency of emergency room visits for Alzheimer’s disease patients and identification of
    best practices for potential mitigation;
  • Comparisons of currently available tools used to assess cognition to identify which is most
    effective for specific populations; and
  • Impact of knowing positive ApoE genotype status on patient, caregiver, and provider
    behaviors/outcomes as compared to ApoE negative status.
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Public Comments

Comment Letter on CDC Opioid Guidelines

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 12th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research wrote a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting modifications to the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Specifically, the Alliance recommended the CDC modify the guidelines by: 

  • Including a statement calling for further investment of federal resources into clinical research to assist providers in tailoring long-term opioid use.
  • Requiring Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide an updated clinical evidence review of the guidelines
  • Calling on public and private payers to broadly cover the cost of non-pharmacologic interventions for pain sufferers. 
  • Adding more resources to www.cdc.gov on the safe use of non-opioid pain treatment
  • Removing the non-evidenced based dosage recommendations
  • Removing the time/specific pill limit for acute pain treatment



Public Comments

Letter to CMS on Proposed Rule Change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: September 14th, 2015

This is a letter from the Alliance to Centers to the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its issuing of a proposed rule change regarding Infection Prevention and Control Programs (IPCP) in long-term care facilities (LTCFs).




Public Comments

FY 2016 L-HHS Alzheimer's Disease Letter

Author: Misc. Organizations

Date: March 11th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research, USAgainstAlzheimer's, Cure Alzheimer's Foundation, BrightFocus Foundation, Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, and American Academy of Neurology signed on to letters submitted to the House & Senate Labor, Health  and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS) Subcommittees, urging for a minimum of $2 billion for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).



Public Comments

Friends of AHRQ FY16 Sign-On Letter

Author: Friends of AHRQ

Date: July 13th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research signed on to a letter in support of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill proposed reducing funding for the agency by 35 percent for FY2016. The support letter asked lawmakers to restore AHRQ's budget authority to $364 million in the final FY2016 appropriations legislation.



Whitepaper

Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults

Date: July 28th, 2015

Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults reviews vaccination levels, trends and targets, incidence rates, relevant health insurance coverage policies, and the cost effectiveness literature and other reports that have evaluated vaccine utilization in the older adult population.



Public Comments

Comments on Oversight Framework for Molecular Diagnostic Tests, including Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs)/Senate Version

Author: Various Organizations

Date: January 24th, 2017

This letter to Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer that urges them to "make updating the oversight framework for all molecular diagnostic tests, including laboratory developed tests (LDTs), a priority early in the 115th Congress." 



Public Comments

Comments on Oversight Framework for Molecular Diagnostic Tests, including Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs)/House Version

Author: Various Organizations

Date: January 24th, 2017

This letter to House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan and House Minority Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi urges them to "make updating the oversight framework for all molecular diagnostic tests, including laboratory developed tests (LDTs), a priority early in the 115th Congress."





Public Comments

Letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price on Maintaining and Enforcing Important Patient Protections and Access to Prescription Drugs

Author: I Am Essential

Date: February 10th, 2017

The Alliance joined with 200 other organizations to call on Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price in his review of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "to maintain the many important protections patients have gained that ensure they can access the care and treatment their providers prescribe."

 




Public Comments

Letter to President Trump on Federal Public Health and Biomedical Research Workforce and Federal Hiring

Author: Various

Date: February 27th, 2017

The Alliance for Aging Research joined other organizations in calling on President Donald J. Trump to consider of the vital role of the federal public health and biomedical research workforce to the United States as he considers long-term policy regarding federal hiring.



Public Comments

Letter Urges Congressional Leaders to 'Reject Proposals to Make Radical Structural Changes to Medicaid'

Author: Various

Date: March 3rd, 2017

The Alliance joined other organizations in urging Hon. Mitch McConnell, leader, U.S. Senate; Hon. Chuck Schumer
minority leader, U.S. Senate; Hon. Paul Ryan, speaker, U.S. House of Representatives; and Hon. Nancy Pelosi
minority leader, U.S. House of Representatives to "reject proposals to make radical structural changes to Medicaid – by providing federal funding to the states through block grants or per capita caps."



Public Comments

Comment Letter to CMS on Medicare Advantage

Author: Better Medicare Alliance

Date: March 3rd, 2017

This letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from the Better Medicare Alliance, of which the Alliance for Aging Research is a member, offers comments in regard to Medicare Advantage in response to the organization's 2018 Advance Notice and Draft Letter.



Public Comments

Alliance Letter to Congressional Leadership on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Author: Sue Peschin/Cynthia Bens

Date: March 8th, 2017

The Alliance's President and CEO Susan Peschin and Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens wrote this letter to Congressional leadership "to respectfully ask you to reconsider proposed repeal and replacement provisions for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will have an adverse impact on the health and well-being of America’s seniors and near-seniors, and to permanently repeal two existing provisions in the ACA that have concerned us."




Public Comments

Letter on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

Author: Various Organizations

Date: May 8th, 2017

A group of almost 800 organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, sent this letter to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to urge them "to increase the fiscal year (FY) 2018 302(b) subcommittee allocation" for programs and services administered by the departments and agencies under Labor-HHS’s jurisdiction.

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