CMS Seeks Help With Reducing Administrative and Regulatory Burdens

Reducing administrative and regulatory burdens is the subject of a new request for information issued last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

In the RFI, CMS explains that it is especially interested in “…innovative ideas that broaden perspectives on potential solutions 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 (Medicare and Medicaid) beneficiaries
  • beneficiary enrollment and eligibility determination
  • CMS processes for issuing regulations and policies

Comments are due to CMS by August 12.

For further information, see the CMS news release “CMS Seeks Public Input on Patients over Paperwork Initiative to Further Reduce Administrative, Regulatory Burden to Lower Healthcare Costs” or go here to see the RFI itself.

Feds Issue Proposed Guidance for 340B Program

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has issued proposed guidelines governing its section 340B Drug Pricing Program.

The 340B program, which requires pharmaceutical companies to provide discounted drugs for qualified providers to dispense to low-income patients, has become controversial in recent years amid a significant increase in the number of eligible providers and allegations by the pharmaceutical companies that the drugs are not being used for their intended purpose.

federal registerThe proposed guidance released by HRSA seeks to clarify a number of the concerns that have been raised about the program. Among other considerations, these guidelines address entities that may participate in the program; patient eligibility requirements; and audits, records, and compliance.

For a closer look at the proposed guidelines, see this article in the Becker’s Hospital Review. Find the 90-page guidance document itself here, in the Federal Register. Interested parties have until October 27 to submit written comments to HRSA about the proposed guidance.