CMS Seeks Input on Patients Over Paperwork Initiative

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking ideas from the public on how to continue the progress of the Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork initiative. The RFI on Patients over Paperwork invites patients and their families, the medical community, and other healthcare stakeholders to recommend further changes to rules, policies, and procedures that would shift more of clinicians' time and healthcare system resources from needless paperwork to high-quality care that improves patient health. Comments must be submitted by August 12.

CMS says that the 2017 launch of Patients over Paperwork "has streamlined regulations to significantly cut the red tape that weighs down our healthcare system and takes clinicians away from their primary mission—caring for patients." As of January 2019, CMS estimated that through regulatory reform alone, the healthcare system will save an estimated 40 million hours and $5.7 billion through 2021.

For more information about the RFI, visit www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/11/2019-12215/request-for-information-reducing-administrative-burden-to-put-patients-over-paperwork.

For more information about the Patients over Paperwork initiative, visit CMS at www.cms.gov/about-cms/story-page/patients-over-paperwork.html.