Bill would extend USDS 10 years
May 27, 2016
A bill introduced Friday would extend the life of the U.S. Digital Service, the White House's digital fix-it team, for a decade.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The Department of Health and Human Services released final requirements for hospitals and health care providers to meet in order to qualify for incentives during the second stage of the agency’s program to expand the use of electronic health records (EHR).
The requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released the following requirements:
More than 120,000 eligible health care professionals and more than 3,300 hospitals have qualified to participate in the program and receive an incentive payment since it began in January 2011. That exceeds a 100,000 goal set earlier this year, the agency said. That includes more than half of all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals and 1 out of every 5 eligible health care professionals.
“The changes we’re announcing today will lead to more coordination of patient care, reduced medical errors, elimination of duplicate screenings and tests and greater patient engagement in their own care,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.