Committee Recommends Eliminating Documentation Guidelines – Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform

Committee Recommends Eliminating Documentation Guidelines – Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform recently voted 20-1 to recommend eliminating documentation guidelines for evaluation and management (E and M) services. The only vote of opposition to this reform came from AARP. This recommendation will be reviewed by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. The committee was created by Secretary Thompson in 2001 to provide recommendations for changes that would reduce the regulatory burdens in health care, respond faster to the concerns of health care providers, and improve the quality of health care for Americans.

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