NHPCO Participates in HHS “Cut the Red Tape” Summit

On October 2, NHPCO joined dozens of other health industry stakeholders at a round-table event at the Department of Health and Human Service’s “Cut the Red Tape Summit.”

The invitation-only event featured key policy leaders, including Acting HHS Secretary Donald Wright, Deputy Assistant Secretary Charles Keckler, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, and FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation and Analysis Anna Abram. The speakers emphasized the Administration’s commitment to reducing regulatory burden, and the need to incentivize innovation, quality, and patient choice in health care.

Following formal remarks, representatives from several health sectors, including primary care, specialty care, emergency care, health systems, and pharmaceutical development, shared their perspectives on the variety of regulatory challenges that are barriers to quality health care.

There was also an informal discussion about the challenges associated with opioid abuse, the need for additional competition as a way to lower pharmaceutical costs, and strategies for improving customer service at CMS.  NHPCO was able to dialogue briefly with Administrator Verma about the need for regulatory relief in hospice, and will be following up with her office in the coming weeks.

HHS officials indicated that the hour-long event was only the first of what will be part of an ongoing conversation about regulatory relief, and is part of the Administration’s larger overall agenda to “cut the red tape” across all federal agencies.

NHPCO will continue to be a part of these conversations, and will keep fighting for fair, common-sense regulations that ensure high quality end of life care for patients and their families.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Photo by Al Drago, NYTimes