COVID-19 response is deregulating health care

Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute  ·  Apr 27, 2020

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has rolled back regulations on hospitals and health care providers.

Hospitals are no longer barred from treating COVID-19 patients in outpatient facilities. The feds are also freeing nurse practitioners, physician assistants and medical residents to provide more care on their own. CMS is even issuing waivers that allow hospitals to provide meals, laundry service and child care while health care personnel are working.

Apparently, it takes a pandemic for policymakers to acknowledge that so many of the rules they’ve put in place serve little purpose. This crisis-driven effort to slash government red tape not only will help our nation defeat COVID-19—it will yield a more efficient, higher-quality health care system post-pandemic.

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