Healthcare Reform Law Creates 111M Hours of Paperwork: Study

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has imposed approximately 111.4 million hours of paperwork, according to a new study from American Action Forum, a conservative think tank.

Based on that finding, the AAF said it would take 55,742 employees working 2,000 hours in a year to complete the red tape required in the PPACA. Some of the most time-consuming provisions of the law, according to the AAF, are:

• Final inpatient prospective payment — 6.84 million hours
• Final outpatient prospective payment — 1.01 million hours
• Final billing for skilled nursing facilities — 0.91 million hours

The law has also imposed approximately $30.8 billion in costs, according to the study. Some of the most costly provisions of the law, according to the AAF, are:

• Proposed menu labeling — $757.1 million
• Final shared savings program —  $451 million
• Proposed vending machine labeling — $423.1 million

The study also said that "2013 is the real race to the finish" for the healthcare reform law, and that the public can expect "rules to undergo expedient White House review, provide brief comment periods and contain incomplete benefit-cost analyses."

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