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Smith asks questions about arbitrary regulations on Critical Access Hospitals

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Congressman Adrian Smith is seeking answers on how to keep Washington D.C. from standing between a patient and a provider.
 
During a Committee on Ways and Means hearing, Smith asked Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius several questions.

He says he is concerned that several policies enacted out of D.C. are hurting the very people they were intended to help.

Physician supervision rules require a doctor's presence and supervision over nearly all routine procedures administered in hospitals.  While these requirements are less of a challenge for large hospitals, they can be very problematic in areas with few doctors.
 
"You know, requiring a physician to be on the premises, the same floor of the premises when a phlebotomist might draw blood to be reimbursed," says Smith. "That seems that would actually drive up the cost of the delivery of care, rather than finding an efficiency."
 
"Well again, I'd be happy to take the specifics back and try to find the evidence behind why specific recommendations were made," responded Sebelius.
 
Sebelius added that these provisions aren't supposed to be burdensome for hospital administrators.

Smith has introduced legislation that aims to help health care services in rural America that are threatened by regulations.

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