The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new proposed rules today that would save hospitals and health care providers nearly $1.1 billion each year. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explained that the proposals "eliminate unnecessary and obsolete standards and free up resources," thus allowing providers and hospitals to focus on patient care. One proposed rule
would update the Medicare Conditions of Participation, the rules for hospitals that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients. Another NPRM would
eliminates redundant, outdated, and conflicting regulatory requirements for health care providers and suppliers. These efforts are part of the wider-ranging reforms that the Obama Administration hopes to implement. The goal is to improve the quality of health care delivery and lower the associated costs for Americans.
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