President Biden Releases FY 2023 Budget Proposal
On March 28, the White House released the FY 2023 President’s Budget. Highlights of the President’s budget request include:
- $62.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $19.5 billion increase over the FY 2022 CR level;
- $5 billion to fund the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H);
- $12.5 billion for Pandemic Preparedness;
- $472 million in funding for the National Library of Medicine (NLM), an increase of $8.2 million from the FY 2022 CR level of $463.8 million.
- Click here for details on the NLM Congressional Budget Justification. Click here for the NLM FY 2023 Fact Sheet.
- Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Budget Summary.
- Summary of the NIH FY 2023 budget request.
HHS 2022-2026 Strategic Plan
The recently released HHS Strategic Plan aligns with the 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan and includes a strong focus on supporting patients’ secure access to their data. Learn more about how ONC is working to advance HHS’ vision for a more interoperable health system that supports patient access to their health data.
AHRQ Notice on Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Contracts Salary Limitation
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, Public Law 117-103, signed into law on March 15, restricts the amount of direct salary which may be paid to an individual under an HHS grant, cooperative agreement, or applicable contract to a rate no greater than Executive Level II of the Federal Executive Pay Scale. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently posted a notice of this provision with clarifying details.
FDA Update on Technology and Data Modernization
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, recently announced the availability of FDA’s “Modernization in Action 2022” report. This report outlines FDA’s progress in implementing agency-wide reforms to modernize its technical IT infrastructure and data management across the FDA.
CMS Office of the Actuary Releases Health Spending Report
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2021-2030 National Health Expenditure report, that presents health spending and enrollment projections for the coming decade. The report shows that despite the increased demand for patient care in 2021, the growth in national health spending is estimated to have slowed to 4.2%, from 9.7% in 2020. The report notes that annual growth in national health spending is expected to average 5.1% over 2021-2030, and to reach nearly $6.8 trillion by 2030. See the key details of spending projections.
Legislation & Politics
Healthcare Cybersecurities Act
Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) recently introduced the Healthcare Cybersecurity Act (S. 3904), in response to the Biden Administration warning of the increased potential for Russian cybersecurity attacks. The bill would require the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to formally collaborate with HHS on how to improve cybersecurity in hospitals and other healthcare centers.
Around the Web
- FDA Chief Lists Six Steps to Improve Health Outcomes, MedPage Today
- CDC, under fire for covid response, announces plans to revamp agency, The Washington Post
- More than half of data used in health care AI comes from the U.S., China, STAT
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