Proposed rule lifts unnecessary regulations, CMS says

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – CMS released a proposed rule yesterday aimed at removing unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome Medicare compliance requirements.

Collectively, the provisions in the rule would save healthcare providers an estimated $1.12 billion annually, the agency says.

“We are committed to putting patients over paperwork, while at the same time increasing the quality of care and ensuring patient safety and bolstering program integrity,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “With this proposed rule, CMS takes a major step forward in its efforts to modernize the Medicare program by removing regulations that are outdated and burdensome. The changes we’re proposing will dramatically reduce the amount of time and resources that healthcare facilities have to spend on CMS-mandated compliance activities that do not improve the quality of care, so that hospitals and healthcare professionals can focus on their primary mission: treating patients.”

Many of the provisions in the rule would simplify and streamline Medicare’s conditions of participation, conditions for coverage and other requirements, CMS says.

One key provision: eliminate a duplicative requirement on transplant programs to submit data and other information more than once for “re-approval” by Medicare, the agency says.

The proposed rule is part of CMS’s response to President Trump’s charge to federal agencies to “cut the red tape” and reduce burdensome regulations.