Proposed FY 2020 Budget Request for ONC

The President’s Proposed Budget Request for FY 2020 for the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) https://www.healthit.gov includes $43 million for ONC to support interoperability and usability of health IT. In addition, ONC will promote health IT approaches to combat the opioid epidemic through targeted collaborations with HHS partners, health IT stakeholders, including healthcare practitioners, administrators, and physician practice owners (more…)

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Proposed Budget Request for VA

The President is proposing a total of $220 billion in the FY 2020 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) https://www.va.gov/budget/products.asp The FY 2020 budget request includes $97 billion in discretionary funding. (more…)

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NIH Addressing Opioid Crisis

The NIH https://www.nih.gov “Helping to End Addiction Long-term” (HEAL) initiative was established to address the opioid crisis by expanding the number of treatment options available to the more than 50 million American adults affected by chronic pain and the two million suffering from addiction. This effort includes developing new non-addictive medications and medical technologies that would reduce the need for opioids.  (more…)

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App Wins Prize from AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) https://www.ahrq.gov announced that the app called PRISM won the AHRQ “Step-Up-App Challenge”. The multi-phase competition’s goal was to develop a user friendly app capable of collecting standardized “Patient-Reported Outcomes” (PRO) data in various ambulatory settings, including primary and specialty care. (more…)

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AHA Publishes Market Report

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) https://www.aha.org Center for Health Innovation recently explored key issues in the report “Telehealth: a Path to Virtual Integrated Care”. The report is based on information and insights obtained from hospital and health system leaders and healthcare experts, surveys of providers, and data from research articles. (more…)

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Telemedicine Use by Specialty

According to an article appearing in the Medical Society of the State of New York in their March 2019 newsletter, a little more than 15 percent of physicians work in a practice that uses telemedicine to interact with patients. However, 11.2 percent work in practices that use telemedicine to interact with other health care professionals according to a study published in Health Affairs https://www.healthaffairs.org. (more…)

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Briefing: Patients as Consumers

The Health Affairs www.healthaffairs.org briefing held March 5, 2019 at the National Press Club, discussed issues involving Patients as Consumers. The Health Affairs March 2019 issue examining consumers’ thoughts and ideas on their role in the healthcare system was supported by The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute https://www.pcori.org and the New York State Health Foundation https://nyshealthfoundation.org. (more…)

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