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White House budget could include surprises Monday

Long-term care providers will be among the Americans especially interested Monday to learn what President Obama will include in his 2016 budget proposal.

HHS wants civil monetary penalty rules changed

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Civil monetary penalties for providers will be revised if two proposed rules from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General are approved.

AHRQ targets IT flow in healthcare

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to examine how health IT affects care quality. The agency has asked the Office of Management and Budget to approve the information collection project: "Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit Evaluation." The estimated total cost of the project is $793,456 over a 27-month period from Sept. 23, 2011, to Dec. 22, 2013.

Budget office: Federal agency heads must submit reduced spending plans

White House budget chief Jacob Lew has asked all federal agency heads to submit spending plans for the approaching budget that are 5% below this year's spending, according to Lew's fiscal year 2013 budget guidance.

New privacy rule would require providers to track patients' records better

The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a new rule that would expand healthcare provider requirements for tracking patient health records and allowing patients greater access to them.