The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its Spring 2014 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, which outlines planned regulatory initiatives across the Department and in a wide range of policy areas. Major prospective HHS rulemakings likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities are compiled in a 

On May 12, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule that reforms federal health policy regulations that CMS has identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on health care providers and suppliers. The rule also is intended to eliminate or reduce requirements that impede quality patient care or that divert resources away from providing high quality patient care. CMS estimates that the rule will result in annual recurring savings of about $660 million, plus a $22 million one-time savings to long-term care facilities from a sprinkler deadline extension. Highlights of the wide-ranging rule include the following:
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CMS has put on display a final rule that reforms Medicare regulations that CMS has identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on health care providers and suppliers. Two provisions address imaging services offered in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and hospitals.

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On September 13, 2013, HHS published a notice requesting comments on existing regulations HHS should consider reviewing in order to reduce unnecessary or burdensome regulations, or to increase their effectiveness and flexibility. For instance, HHS welcomes suggestions for rules it should review to: promote economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation; address rules where costs

On May 10, 2012, CMS released two final rules designed to reduce regulatory burdens on health care providers as part of the Administration’s ongoing regulatory review initiative. According to CMS, the regulations, will save approximately $1.1 billion across the health system in the first year and more than $5 billion over five years.  The rules are summarized below.

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On August 22, 2011, HHS released its “Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules.”  The plan was developed in compliance with Executive Order 13563, which directed agencies to design cost effective, evidence-based regulations that are compatible with economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness, and which rely on the best, most innovative, and least

HHS is seeking comments on its preliminary plans for retrospective reviews of existing HHS regulations, in compliance with President Obama’s Executive Order 13563, which directed agencies to design cost effective, evidence-based regulations that are compatible with economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness, and which rely on the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools

On May 26, 2011, the White House posted the preliminary regulatory reform plans submitted by individual federal departments and agencies under President Obama’s Executive Order 13563. The agency plans include both discussions of general approaches to regulatory review and listings of specific regulations that may be revised.  HHS lists numerous current regulations it identifies as

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Under Executive Order 13563, ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,’’ FDA is reviewing the effectiveness of the Agency’s regulations in light of public health needs and advances in innovation. To this end, FDA requests public comment and supporting data on which of its existing rules are outmoded, ineffective,

In accordance with President Obama’s January 18, 2011 Executive Order on “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is inviting public comment as it develops its plan to review existing regulations. The goal of the review is to determine whether any HHS regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded

The new 112th Congress has already held a number of hearings on health policy issues and other policy areas that also can impact the health industry. For instance, with regard to health reform, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the “Health Care Law’s Impact on Jobs, Employers, and the Economy.” 

On January 18, 2011, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing federal agencies to improve their processes for promulgating and reviewing regulations. The President calls on agencies to design flexible, cost-effective, and evidence-based regulations through a transparent, public process. Existing regulations also must be reviewed periodically, with agencies directed to modify, expand, or repeal rules that