The CMS is tweaking, overhauling and outright striking regulations identified as unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome on hospitals and other healthcare providers.A final rule issued Wednesday (PDF)
, the CMS said, will save affected organizations about $660 million a year and $3.2 billion over five years.
This regulation on deregulation is a result of an executive order that President Barack Obama
issued in 2012 asking federal agencies to eliminate outdated red tape.
The CMS outlined many of its targeted regulations in a proposed rule in February 2013 and received more than 400 comments.
Most praised the agency's decision to end a requirement that a physician make a trip to a rural health clinics or federally qualified health centers at least once every two weeks. The new rule, the CMS said, recognizes that telemedicine
now allows providers to maintain high-quality care in remote areas.