The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday postponed for one year, pending judicial review, a final rule that would require the agency to assess periodically each regulation to determine whether it has a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities and, if so, determine whether to retain, modify or eliminate the regulation.

Plaintiffs March 9 filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the rule, which was to take effect March 22. AHA has urged the agency to withdraw the rule, expressing concern it does not provide an adequate mechanism for obtaining public input on the substance of the regulations reviewed.  

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