In the next few months, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to announce several initiatives to ease the burden the federal government places on healthcare providers, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

“Some regulations are necessary in order to ensure patient safety and well-being, and to protect the integrity of federal healthcare programs,” wrote Verma in a blog posted on Tuesday. “However, over the past few years, regulations have tilted more towards creating burdens than towards serving as a safeguard for the programs. This shift is now having a negative impact on patient care, hindering innovation and increasing healthcare costs.”

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