21st Century Cures Act

HHS Wants to Slash ONC Funding by 28% Despite Cures Act Work

March 12, 2019 - In the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget request, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing to cut ONC’s budget by 28 percent, despite its heavy workload in implementing health IT interoperability and other provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released Feb. 11, ONC laid out a series of...

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ONC Proposes Certification Criteria for Developers of Healthcare APIs

by Fred Donovan

ONC is laying out certification criteria for app developers in developing standardized healthcare APIs to allow individuals to securely access structured and unstructured electronic health information (EHI) using smartphones and other...

US Government Shutdown Delays OMB Review of ONC Health IT Rule

by Fred Donovan

The US government shutdown, which is in its fourth week, is likely to further delay an ONC health IT rule being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), observed AMIA Vice President of Public Policy Jeffery Smith. OMB...

ONC Updates ISA Reference Edition on Healthcare Interoperability

by Fred Donovan

ONC has released its updated healthcare interoperability standards, incorporating industry feedback into the 2019 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition. ONC solicited industry feedback on the draft ISA Reference...

Health IT Advisory Committee Cancels Meeting Due to Shutdown

by Fred Donovan

The Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC) has cancelled its monthly meeting, scheduled for Jan. 23, due to the US government shutdown, reported Politico. HITAC was established in 2017 under the 21st Century Cures Act to provide...

Burgess Is ‘Extremely Disappointed’ at Information Blocking Rule Delay

by Fred Donovan

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee, said he was “extremely disappointed” that information blocking regulations have not yet been implemented two years...

Implementing 21st Century Cures Act Preoccupies ONC’s Work

by Fred Donovan

The work of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is dominated by implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, particularly in the areas of reducing provider burden and promoting health IT...


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