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CMS request for information presents rare opportunity for medicare stakeholder engagement

24 April 2017

Health Alert
On 14 April 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule. The proposed rule includes a request for information (RFI) of unusual breadth. The primary focus of CMS’s RFI is on ways for reducing burdens on providers and patients. The RFI goes beyond the scope of the IPPS/LTCH PPS to seek public comment on virtually any way in which CMS, within its existing authority, can increase flexibility and efficiency in the Medicare program and potentially the nation’s health care system more generally, while reducing unnecessary burdens on providers, suppliers, patients, and their families.

The broad scope of the agency’s solicitation offers an opportunity for any stakeholder potentially to shape CMS’s agenda as the Trump Administration’s leadership takes the reins. CMS’s RFI could serve as a particularly useful opportunity for engagement by stakeholders in those areas where CMS has significant discretion to make regulatory or sub-regulatory changes to reduce burdens under the Medicare program without compromising other agency objectives, and where there may not be a timely alternative vehicle.

Read more: CMS Request for Information Presents Rare Opportunity for Medicare Stakeholder Engagement.

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