State seeks to streamline health care regulations

While health care regulations are in place to provide consistent and high-quality care, as well as to protect the vulnerable, some rules are outdated, expensive and not particularly useful, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The agency in April created a task force that began collecting input from providers and others, and on Thursday released a draft report on changes that could be made in the fall — some through regulation and some through legislation.

The changes would affect all those who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities, attend adult day care or community mental health programs, or use services for developmental disabilities or substance abuse.

Many of the regulations targeted for change had to do with the level of training providers require, the intervals for reporting or assessing patient needs, and changes in technology.

Joshua M. Sharfstein, department secretary, said he decided it was time to identify regulations that were no longer relevant or working well.

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