A leading group in the healthcare industry is calling on President Donald Trump to make American healthcare great again by reducing the regulatory burden.
Citing the Feb. 24 executive order by President Trump ordering a reduction in “unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people,” the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), which represents investor-owned hospitals, sent a letter recently to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, calling for specific changes. They include suspending the hospital quality ratings system and readjusting bundled payment programs. Similar requests have been made by other healthcare groups since Trump was elected. (The FAH letter is available online at http://bit.ly/2rFAYMT.)
CMS also should permanently end the controversial home-health demonstration, the FAH letter says. The program is intended to reduce home health fraud in states that have historically seen high levels of fraud, but FAH says it is ineffective and poses a bureaucratic burden for the industry.