CMS Seeks Input on Reducing Administrative, Regulatory Burden

June 12, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking new ideas from the public on how to ease administrative burden and improve health care delivery, building on its 2017 Patients over Paperwork initiative. As of January 2019, it’s estimated that the initiative, which streamlined regulations to cut down on “red tape,” will save the health care system an estimated 40 million hours and $5.7 billion through 2021. The new RFI is an opportunity to continue to build on improvements to health care delivery. CMS is especially interested in ideas to relieve burden and ways to improve:

  • Reporting and documentation requirements
  • Coding and documentation requirements for Medicare or Medicaid payment
  • Prior authorization procedures
  • Policies and requirements for rural providers, clinicians, and beneficiaries
  • Policies and requirements for dually enrolled (i.e., Medicare and Medicaid) beneficiaries
  • Beneficiary enrollment and eligibility determination
  • CMS processes for issuing regulations and policies

CMS seeks comments by August 12. WSHA encourages members to submit ideas. Please share any ideas submitted to CMS with WSHA Policy Director for Legal Affairs, Jaclyn Greenberg at

The RFI is available here. For more information, visit the Patients over Paperwork webpage.


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