November 14, 2011
Jeremy Boal, MD
From the New York Times: “The Obama administration moved [recently] to roll back numerous rules that apply to hospitals and other healthcare providers after concluding that the standards were obsolete or overly burdensome to the industry.”
As an example, one of the proposed changes would make it easier for patients to self-administer some medications while they are in the hospital. Another would remove redundant regulatory standards on dialysis centers. In addition to saving hospitals more than $1 billion per year, this announcement sends a long overdue and very welcome message to hospitals and doctors that Washington recognizes that regulations can indeed become obsolete and need revisiting on a regular basis. This is a nice start and here’s hoping that these thoughtful approaches continue.