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RED TAPE RE­VIEW / Hos­pi­tals, other providers could ben­e­fit from the ma­jor reg­u­la­tory re­view un­der way by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Hos­pi­tals and other health­care providers may even­tu­ally ben­e­fit from the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s on­go­ing re­view and elim­i­na­tion of reg­u­la­tions that are du­plica­tive or overly bur­den­some. In an up­date on Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s re­view of reg­u­la­tions from pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions—first an­nounced in Jan­uary—Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials touted pre­lim­i­nary and ex­pected de­ci­sions that could cut the reg­u­la­tory bur­den on hos­pi­tals and other providers. Among the 50 reg­u­la­tions un­der re­view by HHS is a “ma­jor” re­view of the CMS’ con­di­tions for hos­pi­tal par­tic­i­pa­tion. “Most of the ex­ist­ing hos­pi­tal re­quire­ments have grown up over decades, re­flect­ing new leg­is­la­tion, changes in tech­nol­ogy or med­i­cal prac­tice, and evo­lu­tion of the health de­liv­ery sys­tem,” the ad­min­is­tra­tion said in an up­date. While in­di­vid­u­ally wellinten­tioned, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said, the rules’ “cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect may ac­tu­ally in­crease bur­dens on hos­pi­tals and health­care providers, thereby in­creas­ing in­ef­fi­ciency and risk in pro­vid­ing good pa­tient care.” The hos­pi­tal re­view will start with an in­ter­nal as­sess­ment and then so­licit pub­lic in­put.

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