Groups call for delay of 'costly' mega-rule

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LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan has officially expressed concerns to lawmakers over the burdens posed by the new requirements.
LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan has officially expressed concerns to lawmakers over the burdens posed by the new requirements.

The next phases of the new requirements of participation should be delayed to relieve burden on providers, LeadingAge told lawmakers in late August. 

The group submitted comments as part of the House's “Medicare Red Tape Relief Project.” Chief among their comments was a request to move back the next implementation phases of the mega-rule, as it remains “excessively costly and burdensome.”

LeadingAge also submitted proposals to make the nursing home survey system more consistent, overhaul the quality rating system, and eliminate the Medicare three-day stay requirement.

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living also praised the red tape project, with Clifton J. Porter II, the group's senior vice president for government affairs, telling Bloomberg BNA he hopes it targets regulations “that prioritize paperwork over patients.”

The next step for the project, as of press time, was roundtables for stakeholders conducted by the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.