Which Obamacare Rules Would Health Care Leaders Eliminate?

Industry survey gets some answers

The individual mandate tops the list of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) regulations that health care leaders would axe, followed by a general appeal to simplify and reduce provider documentation regulations, according to a new HealthLeaders Media survey. The results included feedback from 350 health care industry leaders on the most onerous PPACA regulations.

The largest share of respondents (10%) selected a regulation that does not directly affect providers: the individual insurance mandate and tax penalties. Next, at 9%, was a general plea to simplify and reduce provider documentation regulations, followed by 8% who cited a mix of rules related to payers, such as eliminating bundled payments or closed networks.

Other rules that the respondents would like to see eliminated included meaningful use and electronic health records-related regulations (4%); the three-day hospital stay requirement for skilled nursing facility (SNF) Medicare coverage (3%); and the two-midnight rule and observation status regulations.

Despite the objections to many health care regulations, the survey results also showed that most leaders (65%) want the Trump administration to reduce health care-related rules within reason, noting that some regulations are necessary. Twenty percent of the respondents wanted greater regulatory reduction.

Source: HealthLeaders Media; January 24, 2017.