Representative Peter Roskam, Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means, hosted the third in a series of roundtable discussions with healthcare providers to discuss ways to reduce regulatory burdens in the Medicare program and provide their patients with higher quality care through the Medicare Red Tape Relief Project.
"These discussions help bring regulatory relief to our healthcare providers so they can give excellent care to their patients at a reasonable cost," says Chairman Roskam. "What we learn from these discussions will help us either update the law or update the regulations to ease a regulatory burden that interferes with patient care."
Healthcare providers from Illinois' Sixth District were invited to participate in the roundtable discussion.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this roundtable and I appreciate Chairman Roskam's willingness to help reduce regulatory burdens. His effort brings positive change to our healthcare system and supports our work in providing quality care for patients at Burgess Square and throughout Illinois." -- John Vrba CEO, Burgess Square
"As President of RML Specialty Hospital in Illinois, I see firsthand the regulatory burden a provider must face in order to care for the most vulnerable patients. Congressman Roskam has taken the time to visit our facility in order to learn more about our work and has led the charge in D.C. by hosting a conversation on regulatory relief. I appreciate his leadership and his focus on bringing better care to patients through providing regulatory relief." -- Jim Prister President of RML
Among of the proposals discussed during the roundtable were:
Examining outdated regulations. Panelists mentioned a number of rules that need to be updated, which currently take time away from providers that could be better spent focusing on patients;
Minimizing compliance requirements. Many of these rules put egregious regulatory strain on providers, prolonging the time it takes for them to provide quality and affordable care;
Reducing paperwork. Patients and providers want to be able to focus on patient outcomes, not paperwork; and
Streamlining processes. Panelists suggested finding ways for providers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to work together, not against each other, in helping patients receive the care they deserve.
"I'm thankful the providers who care for my constituents were able to participate in this important discussion," said Chairman Roskam. "The Health Subcommittee is committed to working with the healthcare community to address these regulatory impediments and I'm confident that, working together, we can create a better, more efficient healthcare system."