New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's annual budget proposal includes $1.2 billion to restructure hospitals, long-term care and other healthcare services, as well as a $95 million plan to digitize health records.
The proposals are part of the governor's $142.1 billion budget in which he allocated more than half— roughly $79 billion—to healthcare. Cuomo’s budget calls for grants to “improve the financial viability and efficiency” of the state’s hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare operators. New financing would promote mergers and consolidation; an increase in primary care and care coordination; and efforts that better match supply and demand for hospital and nursing home beds.
The governor also proposed a $95 million plan to digitize health records, using $65 million in state funds and $30 million from the federal government's Medicaid program.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.