Today, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL), released a report discussing how lawmakers and the Administration can cut excessive red tape and regulatory burdens in the Medicare program.
This report is the result of the Committee's "Medicare Red Tape Relief Project." This initiative, as part of the Committee's ongoing efforts to modernize and improve the Medicare program, identified opportunities to reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers while improving the efficiency and quality of the Medicare program for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Upon releasing this report, Chairman Brady said:
"We know that Washington has wedged itself too deep into the doctor-patient relationship, hampering innovation, driving up costs, and taking time away from patient care. This report lays the groundwork for steps Congress and the Administration can take to cut red tape to ensure patients' needs, not Washington's unnecessary regulations and mandates, come first. Chairman Roskam has been a strong leader in this effort, and I look forward to taking additional action to reduce excessive administrative and regulatory burdens in the Medicare program."
Chairman Roskam added:
"The Medicare program has reached the threshold where the regulatory burdens placed on health care providers are now coming at the expense of patient care -- we cannot allow this to continue. That is why we launched the Medicare Red Tape Relief Project, and this report is another step of this ongoing work. This report lays out ways we can minimize egregious regulatory strain in the Medicare program in order to improve the quality of health care for patients."