Opting against the VA's VistA, the Defense Secretary explained that "commercial alternatives may offer reduced cost, reduced schedule and technical risk, and access to increased current capability and future growth in capability."
In final medical loss ratio rules for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans, CMS offered a fairly broad set of allowable IT expenses under the category of quality improvement, with some exceptions.
A change to Medicaid regulations will allow state fraud control units use federal funding to analyze Medicaid claims data for fraud prevention and tracking, with states given some autonomy in going beyond Medicaid data sets.
Despite the frustration and the jokes around iEHR, real data exchange is happening between the DoD and VA and the potential to build on that for the future resides in creatively using resources built in the past.
With $81 million behind a fresh round of funding opportunities, the institute is committed to focusing on "research questions of most importance to patients," and, as such, is seeking projects spanning five areas.