Regulatory Advisory

HHS Releases Final Rule on Medicare and Medicaid Regulatory Reform

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have released a final rule intended to eliminate duplicative, overlapping and outdated Medicare and Medicaid regulatory requirements for health care providers. Among other changes, the final rule will eliminate obsolete regulations, including outmoded infection-control instructions for ambulatory surgical centers; outdated Medicaid qualification standards for physical and occupational therapists; and duplicative requirements for governing bodies of organ procurement organizations. The final rule is attached.