Recently, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Oversight and Research and Technology subcommittees held a hearing titled, “Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Improve Supply Chain Management and Combat Counterfeit Goods.”
Blockchain momentum is accelerating at even the highest levels among decision-makers. In the House or Representatives hearing, a director with the Department of Homeland Security summed up the sentiment on the future of blockchain technology saying, “The applications are almost limitless.”
Representatives from the shipping and supply chain industries spoke up to agree. Click to get the short scoop or full transcript at Blockchainplusthelaw.com.
Today, the U.S House of Representatives passed a federal spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, 2018. The bill offers several benefits and a few setbacks for the healthcare industry’s providers and payers.
Containing significant changes to those proposed by president Trump, it must still be passed by the Senate and signed by the president.
This summary article by senior editor Susan Morse for Healthcare Finance News gives us the healthcare highlights, including:
Funding for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to begin the transition to Cerner for its EHR
A funding increase of $10 billion for HHS
Unchanged flatline funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
An increase for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
No increase for insurers on cost-sharing reduction payments
A nearly 9 percent increase to $37.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health
An increase to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget of $1.1 billion for a total budget of $8.3 billion
Healthcare Finance News fills in the context and details with quotes from industry spokespeople.
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Last month, a bipartisan team in Congress, Dave Trott, D-Michigan and Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, proposed the Internet of Medical Things Resilience Partnership Act. If passed, it will require the Food and Drug Administration to create a working group of cybersecurity experts to recommend voluntary frameworks and guidelines for medical device security.
Tom Still, writing for Inside Wisconsin, gives us a glimpse at how hospitals, medical professionals, insurers, entrepreneurs and others are actively developing better, more efficient ways to care for patients, in spite of Congress.