Health IT Public Policy

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HIMSS believes that lives can be saved, outcomes of care improved, and costs reduced by transforming the healthcare system through the appropriate use of information technology (IT) and management systems.

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HIMSS is conducting a survey to make HIMSS Policy Center a better resource for you. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes and will be open until January 30, 2015. All of your answers are confidential and will only be used for research. Thank you in advance of your participation as we continue to strive to improve our resources.

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Federal Health Community

The Federal Health Community is comprised of professional HIMSS members who are also Federal Government employees, coming together for cross-agency information sharing and networking.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee seeks to provide leadership and industry direction on healthcare issues and policy related to health information technology and management systems professionals in order to remove barriers and obstacles and enable implementation of solutions.

Chapter Advocacy Roundtable

The Chapter Advocacy Roundtable was established in 2004 to help build grassroots support at the Chapter level. Grassroots outreach is an essential part of an advocacy network.

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.

Small Business and Diversity Roundtable

The Small Business and Diversity Roundtable gathers to share strategies to develop their businesses as the health IT market prepares for rapid expansion in the next decade.

Legal Task Force

The Legal Task Force helps buyers, purchasers, end users, patients, and consumers navigate the aws, regulations, and policies that affect the Health IT ecosystem.

Legislative Action Center

Visit the HIMSS Legislative Action Center to view legislation we're following, and to send emails to your elected officials to share your views on policy issues of importance to HIMSS and the health IT community.

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Congressional Affairs

The HIMSS Congressional Affairs team provides members of Congress and their staff with accurate information about health information technology (IT) to help them make effective public policy decisions.

Federal Affairs

The HIMSS Federal Affairs team leverages member and staff subject matter expertise to provide insight to key federal agency representatives, while promoting agency personnel involvement in HIMSS activities at the local, regional and national levels.

State Government Affairs

The HIMSS Office of State Government Affairs supports the organization and its Chapters by building effective partnerships and relationships with state and local officials.

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Latest News

CMS Announces Consideration of EHR Incentive Program Changes for 2015, Including Reducing the Full-Year Reporting Period

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it intends to engage in rulemaking this spring to address issues related to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.

HHS Announces Goals and Timeline for Expanding New Medicare Payment Models

Speaking to key healthcare industry stakeholders on Tuesday, Jan. 26, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced an ambitious plan to shift Medicare away from the fee-for-service payment model toward payment based on quality, value and cost-containment.

FDA Issues Two New Guidance Documents

On Tuesday, January 20, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance documents on general wellness products and medical device accessories. FDA guidance documents only convey the agency’s current thinking on a particular topic and should really only be viewed as recommendations.

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