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CMS Seeks Further Input on Reducing Regulatory Burden

A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information (RFI) seeks public comment on new ideas for changes to reduce unnecessary administrative burden on providers and patients.

Building on previously issued RFIs on the same topic, CMS requests feedback on potential regulatory, subregulatory, policy, practice, and procedural changes.

CMS launched the Patients Over Paperwork initiative in 2017 to modify or eliminate outdated or burdensome regulations. CMS has solicited ideas on a broad variety of topics, expressing particular interest in recommendations on how the agency can:

  • modify or streamline reporting requirements, documentation requirements, or processes to monitor compliance to CMS rules and regulations;
  • enable operational flexibility, feedback mechanisms, and data sharing that would enhance patient care and support the clinician-patient relationship;
  • improve the accessibility and presentation of CMS requirements for quality reporting, coverage, documentation, or prior authorization;
  • change specific policies or requirements that are overly burdensome, not achievable, or cause unintended consequences in a rural setting;
  • clarify or simplify regulations or operations that pose challenges for beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and those who care for such beneficiaries; and
  • simplify beneficiary enrollment and eligibility determination across programs.

Feedback will be due to CMS 60 days after the new RFI is posted to the Federal Register.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Rachel Schwartz is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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