CMS pauses three Trump-era proposed rules – Modern Healthcare

CMS on Tuesday paused three proposed rules developed under the Trump administration.

The proposed rules would affect in-center dialysis coverage requirements for third-party payment programs, enable seniors to keep their Social Security retirement benefits if they opt out of Medicare Part A coverage and increase oversight of accrediting organizations. The White House budget office had been reviewing all three rules.

CMS withdrew the proposed rules following a memo last week from White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain directing agencies to freeze new regulations that hadn’t taken effect. The moves don’t take any of the policies off the table, but the Biden administration won’t sign off on any rules until it’s had a chance to review them. HHS froze a new regulation targeting community health centers’ 340B drug discounts last week.

The Obama administration signed off on an interim final rule forcing dialysis centers to inform their patients each year about all their public and private coverage options and third-party premium assistance. The rule also made dialysis centers tell health plans which individual market policies they were subsidizing.

The policy was meant to address concerns that some healthcare providers were steering patients into individual market coverage because it was in providers’ best interest. The rule took effect shortly before former President Donald Trump took office. An updated, permanent version of the regulation had been working its way through the
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