“We asked ourselves, ‘Are these a benefit to patients or are they just anachronistic and cumbersome rules?' ” Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, said in a Thursday media update on the regulatory review.
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,” an administration regulation review update stated. “While each of these requirements reflects concerns for improving patient safety or solving problems, their cumulative effect may actually increase burdens on hospitals and healthcare providers, thereby increasing inefficiency and risk in providing good patient care.”
The hospital review aims to not only reduce costs but to improve patient care and outcomes. It will start with an internal assessment and then solicit public input.
Another hospital regulatory change touted today was the CMS' proposal to eliminate requirements that hospitals obtain actuarial determinations in reporting their pension costs. That revision was proposed as part of changes to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule for 2012.