The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Office for Civil Rights each receive funding boosts in President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, released Tuesday. ONC's proposed funding is $82 million, $22 million more than what the agency was allocated for FY 2016. OCR's proposed funding is $43 million, a $4 million increase from FY 2016.
The Improving Health Information Technology Act and six other bills cleared the Senate health committee with bipartisan support at a hearing on Tuesday.
In looking back at the past year and what's in store for the year to come, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, in a speech this week to the National Rural Health Association, focused on many areas of the health industry, including the promising role of technology.
Overall, rural providers have adopted Meaningful Use at about the same rate as urban providers, however, greater disparities persist between different rural practices, new research shows.
With a small window of time before the U.S. Presidential elections take all the legislative air out of the room, medical advocacy groups are focused on advancing their top priorities. The majority of this year's goals lie in the regulatory arena, according to a story in MedPage Today.
The nation's largest association of physicians is urging the federal government take steps to improve the Meaningful Use program to better meet the needs of doctors and patients, while it focuses on promoting the interoperability of electronic health records.
Next year will be one of "momentous forward movement" when it comes to interoperability in the healthcare sector--and 2016 could also usher in the end of the Meaningful Use program, DirectTrust predicts.
Many in the healthcare are looking back on the past year and what it brought to healthcare IT--including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka.
Federal mandates, such as Meaningful Use and ICD-10, have brought their own challenges to pediatrics, according to Debbie Rupe, R.N., Clinical Analyst at Shriners Hospitals for Children.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that obstacles could hinder physician efforts to meet electronic care coordination criteria in Stage 3 of Meaningful Use.