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HHS/CMS RIN: 0938-AT23 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: ●Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction (CMS-3346-P) 
Abstract:

This proposed rule would reform Medicare regulations that CMS has identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on healthcare providers and suppliers. This rule would increase the ability of healthcare professionals to devote resources to improving patient care by eliminating or reducing requirements that impede quality patient care or that divert resources away from providing high quality patient care.

 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 42 CFR 403    42 CFR 405    42 CFR 416    42 CFR 418    ...     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 263a , 273, 1302, 1320a-7, 1320b-8,1395, 1395eee(f),1395hh, 1395i ,1395rr, 1396r ,1396u-4(f))    42 U.S.C. 273    42 U.S.C. 1302    42 U.S.C. 1320a-7    42 U.S.C. 1320b-8    42 U.S.C. 1395    42 U.S.C. 1395eee(f)    42 U.S.C. 1395hh    42 U.S.C. 1395i    42 U.S.C. 1395rr    42 U.S.C. 1396r    42 U.S.C. 1396u-4(r)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

CMS is committed to transforming the healthcare delivery system, and the Medicare program, by putting an additional focus on patient-centered care and working with providers, physicians, and patients to improve outcomes. We seek to reduce burdens for hospitals, physicians, and patients, improve the quality of care, decrease costs, and ensure that patients and their providers and physicians are making the best healthcare choices possible.   

 We are therefore proposing changes to the current Conditions of Participation (CoPs) or Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) that would simplify and streamline the current regulations and thereby increase provider flexibility and reduce excessively burdensome regulations, while also allowing providers to focus on providing high-quality healthcare to their patients.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Sections 1102 and 1871 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1302 and 1395hh).

Alternatives:

From within the entire body of CoPs and CfCs, the most viable candidates for reform were those identified by stakeholders, by recent research, or by experts as unusually burdensome if not changed. This subset of the universe of standards is the focus of this proposed rule. For all of the proposed provisions, we considered not making these changes or changing them in other manners.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

This rule would create ongoing cost savings to providers and suppliers in many areas and significant additional health benefits. Other changes we have proposed would clarify existing policy and relieve some administrative burdens.

Risks:

Our estimates of the effects of this regulation are subject to significant uncertainty. While we are confident that these reforms will provide flexibilities to facilities that will yield major cost savings, there are uncertainties about the magnitude of these effects.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Alpha-Banu Huq
Health Insurance Specialist
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, MS: S3-02-01, 7500 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone:410 786-8687
Email: alpha-banu.huq@cms.hhs.gov