Government Relations Roundtable

HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable is a monthly public policy roundtable comprised of volunteers who represent the over seventy HIMSS Diamond Corporate Members and mHIMSS 5Bar members. The mission statement of the Government Relations Roundtable is to:

Harness the extensive knowledge and expertise of over 70 Diamond Corporate members and 5Bar members to promote improvements and investments within our healthcare technology domain. Provide counsel from the corporate member perspective to the HIMSS Public Policy Committee to be the recognized source of information and provide access to key decision makers.

To achieve these goals, the Government Relations Roundtable hosts monthly luncheon and roundtable discussions where members of the roundtable network, receive updates from Congressional and Federal Regulatory Agency staff on the latest health information technology policy initiatives, and discuss changes in the health IT policy landscape and what those changes mean for industry.

The Government Relations Roundtable is active in all government relations activities, including providing input to HIMSS responses to legislation and proposed federal regulations; assisting the planning and development of the National Health IT Week agenda and the HIMSS Public Policy Forum; coordinating site visits for Congressional Staff, and engaging in the Project Public Health IT-CDC education track at HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition.

The Government Relations Roundtable is led by Chairperson Chris Emper, JD, MBA, Vice President, Government Affairs at NextGen Healthcare; and Emily Mitchell, Senior Manager Accenture Federal Services’ Health and Public Service practice. For more information on how to participate in the Government Relations Roundtable, please contact Marielle Kocak at or (703) 562-8815.

2016 Meetings


Benefits of Health Information Exchange Platforms and Measuring the Return on the Federal Investment
Niam Yaraghi, PhD
Fellow, Governance Studies Center for Technology Innovation
Brookings Institution

CMMI Delivery System Reform Efforts
Von Nguyen, MD
Medical Officer and Senior Advisor
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


HIMSS Innovation Committee Update
Santosh Mohan
Health IT Industry Analyst
Vice Chair HIMSS’s National Innovation Committee

Continuity of Care Maturity Model and Model for Analytics Maturity Update
James Gaston
Senior Director
HIMSS Analytics


Ransomware, it’s effects and implications for the healthcare sector.
Unit Chief Jeffrey L. Coburn
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cyber Division

Post-Acute Federal Regulatory and Legislative Update
Sherill Mason
Mason Advisors


ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Acountability NPRM
Michael Lipinski
Division Director, Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)

Cybersecurity Update with discussion on Ransomware
Director of Privacy and Security
HIMSS North America


Medicaid IT Enterprise: Innovation & Opportunity
Jessica Khan
Director, Data and Systems Group (DSG)
Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

HIMSS Value Score
Vice President, Health Information Systems
HIMSS North America

HIMSS16 Federal Health IT Business Development Workshop
Kathy Lentz
President, Federal Insights LLC


Thoughts on the 2016 healthcare agenda in Congress and the Administration
Don Dempsey
Government Affairs Counselor at K&L Gates (and former Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget as well as longtime Hill Staffer)

Update on ICD-10 implementation across the nation as well as discuss the work of the HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force
Melody Mulaik, President of Coding Strategies Inc
Pam Jodock, Senior Director, Health Business Solutions at HIMSS

HIMSS16 Federal Health IT Business Development Workshop
Kathy Lentz
President, Federal Insights LLC