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.