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News: HHS plans review of existing rules

CDI Strategies, June 9, 2011

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On Thursday, May 26, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its plans to eliminate regulations that are out-of-date, unnecessary, excessively burdensome, or that conflict with other rules.

Earlier this year, President Obama called for a change in culture to incorporate ongoing review of HHS regulations to streamline the regulatory process.
HHS last week released its Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules based on a comprehensive inventory of each agency’s existing, significant regulations. The plan highlights regulations already being modified or streamlined and identifies additional candidates for further review.

For example, CMS is working to address conflicting requirements between Medicaid and Medicare that potentially create barriers for dual-eligible beneficiaries. 

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