The projected Department of Health and Human Services information technology budget will decrease by more than 10 percent next year under President Obama's spending plan sent to Congress. According to an agency-by-agency breakdown of I.T. budgets posted by Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel, the HHS I.T. budget will decrease from $9.596 billion in 2014 to $8.627 billion in 2015 - a difference of $968 million.

In addition, the Obama administration's March 4 release of its fiscal 2015 budget submission to Congress for HHS includes estimated "Medicare health information technology incentive payments" of $1.436 billion to hospitals and $710 million to eligible professionals, respectively, for an overall total of $2.146 billion—a significant drop from 2014 levels.

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