Government & Policy

The ONC Town Hall event at HIMSS17 discussed the future health IT policy initiatives. With the release of Trump's new budget, many organizations believe the ONC budget cut will have a negative impact on innovation, among other things.

By Tom Sullivan 03:31 pm May 23, 2017
HIMSS, AHIMA, AMIA all say the drastic cuts to ONC and other agencies will hamper patient safety and new cures, send innovation in a downward spiral and slow down work toward a learning health system.
Trump cuts Medicaid
By Susan Morse 12:10 pm May 23, 2017
The cuts to Medicaid move from entitlement and a state-based per-capita grant program, eliminating all but the neediest from the benefit.

Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget Director, spoke last week at the White House. On Monday, he briefed reporters off-camera about the FY18 budget.

By Tom Sullivan 10:47 am May 23, 2017
The President’s proposal instructs the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to prioritize interoperability and EHR usability with $22 million less than ONC had in years’ past.
Not so fast, Congress: VistA is more interoperable than you think

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.

By Jessica Davis 03:22 pm May 22, 2017
While Congress has long-spurned DoD and Veterans Affairs for failing to become interoperable, the VA isn’t necessarily to blame.
GE Women in Global Health

Global Health stats from the World Health Organization Assembly underway in Geneva, Switzerland.

By Bernie Monegain 03:20 pm May 22, 2017
The organizations are also releasing a documentary film about women making an impact at the grassroots level in traditionally under-represented communities. 
By Tom Sullivan 12:59 pm May 22, 2017
April was the second straight month where breached healthcare entities improved the time it took to detect security incidents and how quickly they then alerted the government.  
By Bill Siwicki 12:44 pm May 22, 2017
The Congressional Budget Office says the two bills will cost less than $1 million combined over the next 5 years.
Ivanka Trump healthcare
By Bernie Monegain 06:41 am May 22, 2017
The Democrats also requested a meeting with the First Daughter and Senior White House Adviser to discuss healthcare policy. 

President Donald J. Trump, Gage Skidmore photo

By Bernie Monegain 06:08 am May 22, 2017
Critics say it will take critical reproductive care away from some of the world’s most vulnerable women.
VA taps DSS for mobile patient scheduling tool
By Jessica Davis 08:44 am May 18, 2017
The $19.6 million contract will bolster patient access to care and is fully integrated with the VistA EHR.

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