The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a regulatory reform bill that, among other changes, would generally prohibit HHS from making new regulations effective retroactively and bar the government from punishing providers for errors made based on inaccurate written guidance from government agencies or Medicare contractors. In addition, the bill would create a training program for Medicare providers and contractors and would require hospitals to provide Medicare beneficiaries with a list of certified skilled-nursing facilities before discharge. Most hospitals do so already, industry sources said. The bill now heads to the full House. -- by Jeff Tieman
House panel passes regulatory reform bill
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