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Proposed Medicare Budget Cuts By the Trump Administration

Proposed Medicare Budget Cuts By the Trump Administration

By Mitchell J. Birzon, Esq., Birzon Strang and Associates

On February 9, 2018, the Trump Administration submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a series of proposed changes to current rules and regulations to ease the burden of regulatory compliance for Medicare providers. The changes, which originated from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), seek to streamline and eliminate certain Medicare regulations that CMS deems to be unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome to health care providers and suppliers.

According to CMS, “This rule would increase the ability of healthcare professionals to devote resources to improving patient care by eliminating or reducing requirements that impede quality patient care or that divert resources away from high quality patient care.” CMS’ press release said the proposed changes would liberalize current “Conditions of Participation or Conditions of Coverage to streamline” the current burdensome regulations to increase provider flexibility and reduce burdens on them. It is OMB’s responsibility to make a preliminary analysis of what the net cost of the proposed changes would have on the federal budget. The precise text of the CMS initiative will be available shortly. Check back again soon for a follow up article on this subject.

Mitchell J. Birzon, Esq., Birzon, Strang & Associates, 222 East Main Street,
Smithtown, NY 11787
631/265-6300, [email protected]

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