CMS to scrap healthcare regulations, says hospitals will save $1B

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By cutting these regulations, Berwick said, the healthcare industry will save $1.1 billion next year and $5 billion over five years.

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health, said the changes don’t go far enough.

We appreciate their actions in this area and attempts to reduce the regulatory burden,” Pitts said in a news release, “however, the thousands of pages of regulations that have come out with the healthcare law, and tens of thousands more on the way, undermine the administration’s efforts to reduce burdensome regulations. As we have said before, the best way to reduce costs, relieve regulatory burdens and create jobs is to repeal the healthcare law.”

Administration officials said earlier this year that regulations implemented with the healthcare law have been written to ensure they aren’t overly burdensome or duplicative, and therefore aren’t included in the search for unnecessary healthcare regulations.