How much are health IT groups spending on lobbying efforts?

The number of groups lobbying Congress on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act has decreased to 58 in the second quarter, compared to 81 from the same period in 2016, according to the Politico Morning eHealth newsletter.

Organizations have spent just over $18 million in the past three months on lobbying efforts for MACRA, compared to more than $27 million in the same period last year.

Here are 12 notable lobbying contributions from health IT groups in the second quarter, as reported by the Politico Morning eHealth newsletter.

1. Munich, Germany-based Siemens: $1,010,000

2. San Francisco-based McKesson: $212,000

3. Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth: $180,000

4. Euless, Texas-based Federation of State Medical Boards: $150,000

5. Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Connected Care: $75,000

6. Purchase, N.Y.-based Teladoc: $50,000 

7. Chicago-based Allscripts: $46,800

8. Washington, D.C.-based Health IT Now: $40,000

9. Verona, Wis.-based Epic: $36,000

10. North Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner: $30,000

11. La Jolla, Calif.-based West Health Institute: $20,000

12. Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives: $15,000 

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