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The impact of the Department of Health and Human Services' Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules on the Medicare and Medicaid programs

13 June 2011

Health Alert

On May 26, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules (the Plan) as required by Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review." In order to identify potentially inefficient and ineffective regulations, the Executive Order requires federal agencies to submit a preliminary plan describing how each agency will perform retrospective reviews of the significant regulations it administers. Specifically, the agency plan must contain a process for determining which regulations should be "modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed" to decrease unnecessary regulatory burdens. For HHS, the Plan contains a preliminary list of the regulations HHS intends to review over the next two years and describes the process by which it will perform retrospective analysis on significant final regulations, pending proposed regulations, and interim final regulations. HHS seeks public comment on the contents of its plan, which must be submitted by June 30, 2011.



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