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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.
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Title Annotation:Government Activity
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Date:Aug 1, 2001
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