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CMS Issues Regs To Reduce Red Tape

Wed, 10/19/2011 - 8:03am
Sarah Barr

The Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday released three regulations designed to make it easier for hospitals and doctors to work efficiently as part of the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to cut red-tape across the federal government.

Taken together the regulations could save hospitals and health care providers close to $1.1 billion annually and more than $5 billion in five years, according to HHS.  The regulations are:

  • a proposed rule that would revise the conditions of participation that hospitals and critical access hospitals must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid,
  • a proposed rule that would eliminate various duplicative or outdated requirements for  groups such as end-stage renal disease facilities and durable medical equipment suppliers, and
  • a final rule that revises the health and safety standards ambulatory surgical centers must meet to participate in Medicare.

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