CMS rolls out 'patients over paperwork' to reduce regulatory burden

CMS is launching a new clinical engagement initiative focused on reducing regulatory burden dubbed "patients over paperwork," the agency announced Oct. 26.

Over the past five years, CMS issued roughly 58 rules annually and providers have expressed frustration over the regulations, Administrator Seema Verma noted at a stakeholder meeting, according to Advisory Board. Providers have been most concerned with the reporting metrics for EHRs.

As part of the initiative, CMS officials will visit physicians across the U.S. to gather information about which CMS regulations they are most burdened by. Stakeholders can expect to see CMS rescind regulations as soon as this week, Ms. Verma noted.

"This is an effort to go through all of our regulations to reduce burden. Because when burdensome regulations no longer advance the goal of patients first, we must improve or eliminate them," Ms. Verma said at the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network Fall Summit in Arlington, Va., Oct. 30, where she also announced CMS's newest initiative — meaningful measures — an effort to streamline quality reporting and promote innovation.

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