President Trump today issued an executive order aimed at reducing regulation and controlling regulatory costs. “In addition to the management of the direct expenditure of taxpayer dollars through the budgeting process, it is essential to manage the costs associated with the governmental imposition of private expenditures required to comply with federal regulations,” the order states. “Toward that end, it is important that for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process.” Noting that the regulatory burden imposed on hospitals and health systems is “substantial and unsustainable,” AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack called the order a “good first step” and said the association will work with the administration on reducing burden.

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