The agency is looking for ways to relieve administrative burden and increase quality of care.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking ideas from the public to continue the progress of its Patients over Paperwork initiative, including those that broaden perspectives on potential solutions to relieve administrative burden.
CMS is searching for ways to improve:
“Patients over Paperwork remains a top priority and a driving force in lowering healthcare costs,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, said in an announcement.
Verma said that Patients over Paperwork has made strides in clearing complex, outdated and duplicative requirements that are time-consuming for clinicians and contribute little to the quality of care or patient health.
“Our goal is to ensure that doctors are spending more time with their patients and less time on administrative tasks,” she said.
Since its launch in 2017, Patients over Paperwork has served as a vehicle for CMS to reduce regulatory burden and maintain flexibility and efficiency in Medicare and Medicaid, according to the agency.
Before issuing the request for information, CMS received feedback on burdensome requirements from medical and patient communities through other requests for information, listening sessions and meetings with frontline clinicians, healthcare staff and patients. And more than 2,000 stakeholders across 23 states provided the agency with input.
Through Patients over Paperwork, CMS hopes to:
Comments on how to reduce administrative burden via Patients over Paperwork must be submitted by Aug. 12, 2019.
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