Bloomberg Law
Nov. 12, 2020, 10:18 AM

Top-to-Bottom Rule Review Poses Test of HHS’ Staff and Resolve

Shira Stein
Shira Stein

Ambitious plans to review all HHS regulations every decade would demand thousands of hours of staff time and open the agency up to a rash of new legal challenges, health-care attorneys and regulatory researchers say.

The goal of the top-to-bottom review is to improve policies that are outdated or aren’t working as intended. But combing through the Department of Health and Human Services’ mountains of rules will be an extremely difficult undertaking—with the threat of regulations expiring if they aren’t reviewed in time.

This would be the broadest audit of the department’s regulations ever undertaken and could allow for ...

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