CMS bolsters efforts to reduce burdens

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

WASHINGTON – CMS has created the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics to unify the agency’s efforts to reduce regulatory and administrative burdens.

The new office is an outgrowth of the agency’s Patients over Paperwork Initiative, part of its efforts to implement President Trump’s 2017 executive order to “Cut the Red Tape” and eliminate duplicative, unnecessary and costly requirements and regulations.

“The Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics will ensure the agency’s commitment to reduce administrative costs and enact meaningful and lasting change in our nation’s health care system,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Specifically, the work of this new office will be targeted to help reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiencies, continue administrative simplification, increase the use of health informatics, and improve the beneficiary experience.”

The new office will strengthen CMS’s efforts across Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Health Insurance Marketplace to decrease the hours and costs clinicians and providers incur for CMS-mandated compliance.

It will take a proactive approach to reducing burden, carefully considering the impact of new regulations on health care system operations.

The office will also increase the number of clinicians, providers, and health plans the agency engages to ensure that CMS has a better understanding of how various regulatory burdens impact health care delivery.