KevinMD October 28, 2020
Seema Verma, MPH

The COVID-19 public health emergency has highlighted that government rules and regulations should not hinder providers from delivering high-quality care to patients.  The Trump Administration exhibited an understanding of this principle long before the pandemic when it announced the Cut the Red Tape initiative in 2017. With a healthcare system marked by $200 billion in annual administrative costs that contributes to higher costs for patients and a bureaucratic system that forces doctors to spend more time with paperwork than with patients, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Patients over Paperwork initiative to get rid of outdated, burdensome regulations that thwart innovation and inflate prices.

Over the last three years, CMS has sought public input through listening sessions,...

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