Health IT Public Policy
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HIMSS 2014-2015 Public Policy Principles
Our advocacy, public policy, legislative and regulatory actions are guided by board-approved principles.
To learn more, please visit the HIMSS 2014-2015 Public Policy Principles section of our Policy Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The House Energy and Commerce held a roundtable discussion on fostering innovation to more effectively find potential treatments and cures for impacted populations.
An impending bipartisan legislation that would gradually expand Medicare funding of telemedicine is being circulated by Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA). The proposed bill would expand specific telehealth services under Medicare in two-year Increments over three years.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is restructuring the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program to create a new approach to improve care for beneficiaries, families and caregivers.
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