CMS seeks input on paperwork burden, including documentation requirements for payment

Friday, June 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – CMS on June 6 issued a Request For Information on how to streamline regulations and cut the “red tape” that weighs down the healthcare system.

The agency says it wants to continue the progress of Patients over Paperwork, an initiative that it launched in 2017 and that it says is helping to save an estimated 40 million hours and $5.7 billion through 2021.

“Patients over Paperwork remains a top priority and a driving force in lowering healthcare costs,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “We are doubling down on efforts to decrease healthcare costs by reducing administrative burden. In removing what doesn’t add value, we’re making room for what does.”

The RFI on Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork invites patients and their families, the medical community and other healthcare stakeholders to recommend further changes to rules, policies and procedures that would shift clinician and healthcare system resources from paperwork to high quality care that improves patient health.

Specifically, CMS seeks ways to improve:

  • reporting and documentation requirements
  • coding and documentation requirements for Medicare or Medicaid payment
  • prior authorization procedures, policies and requirements for rural providers
  • policies and requirements for dually enrolled beneficiaries
  • beneficiary enrollment and eligibility determination
  • processes for issuing regulations and policies

Comments must be submitted by Aug. 12.