The proposed 2014 budget for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology includes $1 million from a new tax on health information technology vendors, but $1 million just starts the levy and revenue from the tax will be higher in coming years if enacted. VentureBeat first reported the fee.
“Due to ONC’s increasing workload, this request includes a proposal for a new health I.T. user fee that would provide ONC with the necessary resources to meet the increasing demands of health I.T. vendors and sustain the impact of its certification and standards work on the health I.T. marketplace and the health care system,” according to the office’s budget document. “An initial fee level of $1.0 million is suggested in FY 2014, reflecting the fact that collections would likely begin late in the fiscal year and would be phased in gradually.”
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