The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality could be operating on borrowed time. Althought AHRQ has been funding health IT research for decades, it now faces heavy budget cuts or even termination, if Congress has its way.

Whether or not AHRQ continues as an agency depends on whose version of the fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill ultimately prevails in congressional budget negotiations. The FY 2016 House Appropriations bill calls for the outright termination of AHRQ effective Oct. 1, 2015—which was the beginning of the new fiscal year—while the FY 2016 Senate Appropriations bill would limit the agency’s funding to $236 million, a 35 percent budget cut from the previous year.

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