Action Alert for RBMA Members on Ideas to Reduce Regulatory Burden

A key congressional health care panel is currently accepting feedback from providers on ideas to reduce burdensome Medicare regulations, and we encourage RBMA members to submit their ideas to the Committee. Comments can be submitted by emailing this form to and by August 25th.

We expect this effort to be analogous to the 21st Century Cures Act — enacted by Congress in December 2016 — which was largely focused on reducing regulations for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Similarly, that legislation was the product of stakeholder feedback and working groups that emerged under the Republican leadership of a key House panel.

House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) plans to schedule roundtables in September to discuss ideas for cutting regulations on health care providers, with legislation to cut red tape expected later this fall. The Subcommittee has asked providers to submit ideas for cutting back Medicare regulations and laws, and the roundtables are expected to provide a forum to discuss those ideas.

The Initiative will have three stages:

  1. Request feedback from stakeholders to learn more about the policies that improve health care – and the policies that stand in the way;
  2. Host roundtables with stakeholders across the country to continue the conversations and identify solutions; and
  3. Take Congressional action based on feedback from stakeholders.

As the first step, the Committee is seeking feedback on the following:

  1. How Congress can deliver statutory relief from the mandates established in law through our legislative authority.
  2. How Congress can work with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to deliver regulatory relief through Administrative action.

The stakeholder feedback portion that is currently underway is an essential part of the process, as it is the key opportunity for stakeholders to formally submit their ideas that will serve as the basis for the policymaking process. RBMA strongly encourages stakeholders to submit their ideas to the Subcommittee, and share your suggestions with RBMA leadership.