CMS’s Seema Verma: Patients over paperwork: Medicare has delivered lower costs and regulatory relief for health care providers

“The COVID-19 public health emergency has highlighted that government rules and regulations should not hinder providers from delivering high-quality care to patients.  The Trump Administration exhibited an understanding of this principle long before the pandemic when it announced the Cut the Red Tape initiative in 2017. With a healthcare system marked by $200 billion in annual administrative costs that contributes to higher costs for patients and a bureaucratic system that forces doctors to spend more time with paperwork than with patients, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Patients over Paperwork initiative to get rid of outdated, burdensome regulations that thwart innovation and inflate prices.”

“Over the last three years, CMS has sought public input through listening sessions, observational site visits, and requests for information. We’ve combed through our regulations to eliminate burdensome policies, simplify documentation requirements, and focus on meaningful quality and health outcomes measures.  Informed by feedback from over 3000 providers and 15,000 public comments, scores of actions have reduced the burden across all types of providers and better recognize the value of providers spending time with their patients…”

“All told, Patients over Paperwork has saved the medical community $6.6 billion and 42 million burden hours through 2021. That’s more time and money for providers to spend on patients. And we are not done. We’ve created an Office of Burden Reduction, tasked with embedding this culture throughout CMS and across all the programs we run…” Read the full article here.

Source: Patients over paperwork: Medicare has delivered lower costs and regulatory relief for health care providers – By Seema Verma, October 28, 2020. KevinMD.

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