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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The HIMSS18 Global Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas has wound up. In the latest issue of Healthcare IT News, Mike Miliard gives us an overview of the hot topics of the week.
Acknowledging that the post-EHR era has fully arrived, he writes, “There was the day-long Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare event and the Blockchain Forum, HIMSS VentureConnect and Rockstars of Emerging Healthcare Technology. The Innovation Live showcase in Hall G was populated with leading-edge companies touting AI, augmented reality, biometrics, IoT and much more. And far from theoretical, many of those technologies are already on the minds of leading CIOs.”
Even if you were one of the “nearly 45,000” attendees, you couldn’t have taken it all in. Here’s a good wrap-up overview of the major ideas, innovations and initiatives that are shaping healthcare today.
Healthcare IT News reports that Apple’s new patents, as well as Amazon’s lab research, could make them major players in the digital healthcare industry.
Epic Systems and CVS Health have announced a plan to reduce drug costs for patients and improve health outcomes by offering prescribers lower-cost alternatives to expensive medications.
The article at EHR Intelligence also includes two additional updates:
* Allscripts integrates new API-enabled patient scheduling solution
* Clinerion adds FHIR data model to its set of EHR format standards
Cerner, athenahealth and eClinicalWorks have announced that they will integrate new data types, such as social determinants, population health and precision medicine to make EHRs more “comprehensive.” Read what the company representatives have to say.
Epic plans to move beyond Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to Comprehensive Health Records (CHRs), which will offer doctors an extended range of patient data, including what people eat, how long they sleep, if they are obese or thin, and whether they are lonely — all having a potentially large impact on health.