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'Cries for Help' in Deciphering Regulatory Changes

Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media, March 19, 2014

Last month, publisher Wolters Kluwer Law & Business opened the Health Reform KnowlEdge Center to provide a comprehensive consulting service to payers and providers struggling to keep up with the pace of change. "We have been hearing a lot of cries for help over the past two years," says center director Nicole Stone. "It became clear to our clients that this new [healthcare reform law] wasn't going away. … They needed to prepare themselves for what was coming in the future."

Stone says healthcare providers and payers have been overwhelmed with more than 700 new laws and regulations since President Obama signed the PPACA in March 2010. "There's so much out there that particularly providers need to comply with," she says, such as the imminent adoption of the ICD-10 code sets for medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures. "I don't know how anyone stays on top of all that information and can still do their own job."

Several Wolters Kluwer clients have hired lawyers and analysts "just to keep track of the health reform changes," Stone says

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Bruce Landes (3/20/2014 at 10:15 PM)
In the Federalist #62 James Madison wrote, in 1788: The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed? Another effect of public instability is the unreasonable advantage it gives to the sagacious, the enterprising, and the moneyed few over the industrious and uniformed mass of the people. Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue, or in any way affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change, and can trace its consequences; a harvest, reared not by themselves, but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow-citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth that laws are made for the few, not for the many. In another point of view, great injury results from an unstable government. The want of confidence in the public councils damps every useful undertaking, the success and profit of which may depend on a continuance of existing arrangements. What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be [INVALID]d? What farmer or manufacturer will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an inconstant government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of national policy. But the most deplorable effect of all is that diminution of attachment and reverence which steals into the hearts of the people, towards a political system which betrays so many marks of infirmity, and disappoints so many of their flattering hopes. No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.