President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal generally provides increased funding for health IT-related initiatives, Health Data Management reports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 4/10).
On Wednesday, Obama released his $3.77 trillion budget proposal, which would raise taxes on higher-income individuals and cut spending on health care programs by $400 billion (Hennessey, "Politics Now," Los Angeles Times, 4/10).
The bulk of the health care savings would come from reduced payments to hospitals and health care providers (Baker, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 4/10).
Republican members of Congress have indicated they do not support the tax increases in Obama's budget. However, the IT portions of Obama's budget do not appear to be controversial, according to Federal Computer Week (Mazmanian, Federal Computer Week, 4/10).
Under the proposal, HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT would receive nearly $78 million for FY 2014 -- a 28% increase from the $61 million allocated for ONC in FY 2012 (Bowman, FierceHealthIT, 4/10).
That total includes:
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