The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to relieve burden on providers by removing unnecessary, obsolete or excessive burdensome Medicare compliance requirements for facilities. Between 2018 and 2021, CMS is projecting savings of $1.12 billion annually if finalized. The 285-page rule would accomplish the following:
- Streamline hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical center requirements for conducting comprehensive medical histories and physical assessment.
- Allow multi-hospital systems to have unified and integrated Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement programs.
- Simplify the ordering process and modernize the personnel requirements for portable x-rays.
- Remove duplicated ownership disclosure requirements for critical access hospitals.
CMS welcomes feedback on the proposal and will accept comments until Nov. 19. Comments may be submitted electronically through the e-Regulation website