Patients over Paperwork (A message from our regional CMS Administrator /NP)
Dear Nurse Practitioner Colleagues,
CMS recently launched “Patients over Paperwork,” an initiative to help “cut the red tape” to reduce burdensome regulations. We’ve established an internal process to evaluate and streamline regulations with a goal to reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiencies, and improve the beneficiary experience. In carrying out this process, CMS is moving the needle and removing regulatory obstacles that get in the way of providers spending time with patients. You can read more about the Patients over Paperwork Initiative and sign up for the listserv and newsletters at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/Partnerships/PatientsOverPaperwork.html
CMS is also working to reduce paperwork with simplified, streamlined Medicare documentation requirements for claims payment. If you find requirements complicated, repetitive or unnecessary, submit your suggestions to ReducingProviderBurden@cms.hhs.gov to help us simplify requirements. We want to hear from you!!
We’re committed to limiting the burden caused by Medicare documentation requirements and our medical reviews that help us protect Medicare Trust Funds for future generations. To see some things we’ve done and what we’re working on now go to https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/ReducingProviderBurden.html.
I’ve appreciated hearing from so many of you over the last few years with concerns, suggestions, and feedback. Please keep them coming. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me if I can be of any assistance. Enjoy the weekend!
Beth Chalick-Kaplan, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, RN, CCM | Office of the Regional Administrator | Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services | o: 215-861-4173 | m: 443-821-4163 | f: 443-830-7057 | firstname.lastname@example.org