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CMS Presents Changes to Reduce Burden and Improve Patient Outcomes

June 24, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the creation of the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics in an effort to reduce regulatory and administrative burden. The new office is an outgrowth of the agency’s Patients over Paperwork Initiative which was implemented to eliminate unnecessary, duplicative, and costly requirements and regulations.

CMS’s burden reduction efforts are expected to save clinicians $6.6 billion and 42 million hours of unnecessary labor through 2021. Other expected results include:

  • Reduction of 4.4 million hours previously spent on obsolete or excessively burdensome paperwork for a projected $800 million in annual savings for providers
  • Consolidation of data submission so clinicians no longer need to submit data in multiple systems
  • Faster processing of state requests for Medicaid program or benefit changes

CMS is looking at the newly created office to help strengthen its efforts to reduce clinician hours and costs across Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the health insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov.

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, CMS has targeted relief and flexibilities to support providers in focusing on patient care during the pandemic—including exceptions and extensions for reporting requirements and easing federal regulations. The Administration has pledged to look for opportunities to leverage those flexibilities to support health care transformation. At the federal and state level, HAP will be seeking to work with elected officials and policymakers to identify opportunities to retain advances which have supported hospitals in responding to COVID-19 but also reflect the new realities of health care delivery and the expectations of patients.  

As CMS continues to pursue initiatives to put patients first, HAP is committed to improving processes to ensure high-quality patent care through its continuing quality and safety efforts.

For more information about HAP’s patient quality efforts, contact Robert Shipp, III, vice president, population health and clinical affairs, or Laura Stevens Kent, senior vice president, strategic integration.