CHA News Article

HHS Agenda Highlights Forthcoming Federal Regulations

CHA has analyzed the Office of Management and Budget’s Fall 2018 Unified Agenda for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which provides a roadmap for federal agencies’ current and future regulatory actions into 2019.

CHA expects HHS and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue the administration’s focus on reducing regulatory burden and promoting flexibility through additional updates to the Medicare Conditions of Participation, as well as changes to the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program managed care regulations. CHA also anticipates several regulations related to health information technology with a focus on improving interoperability of health information, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act.

In addition, CMS will continue to refine the post-acute care payment systems, as required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014. Finally, CMS lists a number of forthcoming requests for information on HIPAA privacy regulations, barriers to coordinated care, civil monetary penalties for enforcement and potential changes to address the opioid epidemic.