House committee OK's funding bill cutting AHRQ; 31 groups sign letter praising interoperability in 21st Century Cures;

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> A House committee has approved a funding bill that would eliminate the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Health Research on Quality and keep funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT level at $60 million for a second year, according to a Healthcare Informatics article. The legislation now moves onto the full House and then the Senate. Article

> Thirty-one organizations co-signed a letter to show support for interoperability provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act. "We applaud the provisions included in H.R. 6 that will foster interoperability and leverage technology and data in improving our health system," they write in the letter to Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). Letter

> Using imagining techniques, researchers at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital have created a 3D model of a heart. They used computed tomography integrated with 3D transesophageal echocardiography to create the model, which can be used to help with planning for surgery. Announcement

Finance News

> In order to survive--and thrive--in today's evolving healthcare climate, a hospital CFO must move beyond the numbers and become a "business person," Peter Sheahan, founder of ChangeLabs, told attendees of this week's Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Payer News

> Immediately following the Obama administration's win in a 6-3 ruling on King v. Burwell, Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act expressed their outrage. Article

> Now that the Supreme Court ruled that federal subsidies are here to stay, many states operating their own health insurance exchanges are considering switching to the federal marketplace. Article

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