CCHF Sends Suggestions to CMS/HHS for Focusing on Patients, Decreasing Regulatory Burdens and Cutting Costs


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently asked the medical community for input into a proposed “Patients over Paperwork” initiative, where additional focus would be placed on patient-centered care, innovation and outcomes, according to this summer’s Request for Information.

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, which exists to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights, responded with several points to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma and HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

“We appreciate Administrator Verma and Secretary Azar saying their ‘top priority is putting patients first and empowering them to make the best decisions for themselves and their families,’” said CCHF president and co-founder Twila Brase. “Patients need doctors they trust to help them make good decisions. Ultimately, HHS should reduce paperwork to ‘Give Doctors a Reason to Stay.’

“Studies find an alarming number of physicians—the only individuals trained in the practice of medicine and the art and science of differential diagnosis—planning to leave the practice of medicine due to the bureaucratic business that it’s become as a result of government programs and the imposition of managed care corporations nationwide,” Brase added.

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