Rep. Rosen Introduces Amendment to Reverse Planned Budget Cuts for ONC | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Rep. Rosen Introduces Amendment to Reverse Planned Budget Cuts for ONC

August 24, 2017
by Heather Landi
| Reprints

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, a member of the House of Representatives from Nevada, has introduced a brief amendment to the federal government’s spending bill that would restore a planned cut of nearly $22 million from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s budget in fiscal year 2018.

As previously reported by Healthcare Informatics Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2018, unveiled to the public on May 23, includes significant cuts to various departments that touch health IT, including the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The budget request to Congress cuts of billions of dollars from several other healthcare programs across various federal healthcare agencies. The ONC, which is the health IT arm of the government, and resides within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), alongside the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), would be in line to have its $60 million budget slashed to $38 million. The $60 million figure for ONC has held steady for the last few years under the Obama Administration. In the budget request, ONC’s staff would also be in line to lose 26 members of its staff next year, from 188 down to 162. The staff increased by 14 from 2016 to 2017.

Rosen is member of the House Science, Space and Technology committee, and subcommittees on Research and Technology and Energy, and news of the amendment she filed was first reported by Politico.

According to Politico, she wrote a letter to Appropriations Chairman Tom Cole and ranking member Rosa DeLauro back in June calling the ONC budget cuts “bad policy.”

The Politico article quotes Rosen’s letter: “The Administration has tried to justify its decision based on the specious notion that because many physicians and hospitals have begun to adopt health IT, ONC's role as envisioned by Congress just eight years ago is now moot. On the contrary, wider adoption of health information systems and the proliferation of electronic medical records necessitates more policy guidance and support for innovation, not less. ... Now is not the time to slash spending in a core sector that will help make health care less expensive, more efficient and more effective.”

Politico also reports that the House Rules Committee will consider non-defense appropriations bills when it returns in September.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



Study will Leverage Connecticut HIE to Help Prevent Suicides

A new study will aim to leverage CTHealthLink, a physician-led health information exchange (HIE) in Connecticut, to help identify the factors leading to suicide and to ultimately help prevent those deaths.

Duke Health First to Achieve HIMSS Stage 7 Rating in Analytics

North Carolina-based Duke Health has become the first U.S. healthcare institution to be awarded the highest honor for analytic capabilities by HIMSS Analytics.

NIH Releases First Dataset from Adolescent Brain Development Study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the release of the first dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, which will enable scientists to conduct research on the many factors that influence brain, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Boston Children's Accelerates Data-Driven Approach to Clinical Research

In an effort to bring a more data-driven approach to clinical research, Boston Children’s Hospital has joined the TriNetX global health research network.

Paper Records, Films Most Common Type of Healthcare Data Breach, Study Finds

Despite the high level of hospital adoption of electronic health records and federal incentives to do so, paper and films were the most frequent location of breached data in hospitals, according to a recent study.

AHA Appoints Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced that John Riggi has joined the association as senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk.