Emory Healthcare CEO: What to Expect from Trump's HHS Nominee
HLM: This is a president, and presumably an HHS nominee, who promises to cut red tape. What regulations would you like to see done away with or modified?
Lewin: We are deeply appreciative of the progress made in the 21st Century Cures Act, which just passed Congress, to address the regulatory burden on our researchers. Studies show that 42% of a researcher's time is spent on administrative work, much of which is redundant.
We look forward to continuing to tackle this problem by streamlining administrative requirements, like effort reporting, for scientists and recipients of research grants.
HLM: Dr. Price has an actual plan to replace Obamacare, which he and the administration have pledged is among their first priorities. Given that, what would you like to see maintained from the PPACA?
Lewin: We believe that avoiding discrimination against patients for preexisting conditions, allowing young adults to stay on their parent's policies up to age 26, and maintaining coverage for the previously uninsured should be foremost on everyone's mind.
The costs to society in both human suffering and the long-term financial impact of the health of our population warrant careful consideration of how those recently-insured people can retain a sufficient degree of coverage.
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