Congress Requests Changes.
Two key members of Congress asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson to make administrative changes to Medicare
to improve interactions with providers. In a letter to Thompson, House
Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Nancy L. Johnson (R-CT)
and ranking minority member Fortney H. Stark (D-CA) said the changes,
which do not require legislation, should be made immediately.
Johnson and Stark seek numerous changes, including a more
streamlined regulatory process, such as the regular issuance of rules
and regulations; more accountability within Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (formerly the Healthcare Financing Administration);
increased contractor oversight; simplified cost reporting and data
collection; and several changes to the Medicare+Choice program. For
details, visit www.os.dhss.gov.