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Hello, {{lead.First Name:default=Subscriber}}, welcome to HIMSS' Health IT Policy Update, bringing you the latest news on Congressional, federal, and state health IT legislative and regulatory activities from HIMSS' Government Relations office. We welcome your feedback. If you're reading this complimentary newsletter online or receiving it as a forward, please subscribe.


Congressional

Bill Introduced in House Advances HIMSS Cyber Congressional Ask
HIMSS Congressional Affairs staff worked closely with the bill sponsors as they developed the current version.  H.R. 4191 directly reflects HIMSS 2017 Congressional Ask - Create an HHS Cyber Leader Role.

HIMSS Weighs in with Congress on Key Health IT Policy Issues
Last week, HIMSS, along with numerous healthcare stakeholder groups, weighed in with Congress on two priority health IT policy issues.

Recent Hearings on the Hill
Access recordings and summaries.

Federal

Key Takeaways: 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule and 2018 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
On Thursday, November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Final Rules for the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) and 2018 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS).

FDA looks to Streamline Development and Review for Consumer Tests
FDA will continue to look for opportunities to use this new regulatory approach, for both new tests and other novel medical products.

CMS Outlines Future Vision for Medicaid Program
The new policies are intended to provide states with more freedom to design innovative programs that drive better outcomes for beneficiaries and break down barriers that prevent the development and deployment of innovative programs.

HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report for October 2017
Highlights from this report include information on medical device security, Wi-Fi attacks, BadRabbit malware, advanced persistent threat (APT) campaigns, Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) attacks, and more.

NH-ISAC Events and Announcements
Access information on upcoming information and events.

State

The Center for Connected Health Policy Releases Bi-Annual Update on State Telemedicine Laws and Reimbursement Policies
CCHP noted that currently State Medicaid programs are making incremental progress when it comes to telehealth reimbursement.

Connecticut to Require Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances
The goals of EPCS are to improve efficiency and help lower the chances of fraudulently duplicating or modifying paper prescriptions.

News

Improve Quality Scores - Tap into the Value of Health IT
HIMSS recognizes Northern Ohio Medical Specialists (NOMS) Healthcare as a 2017 HIMSS Davies Ambulatory Award recipient.
 
CMS Releases 2018 Final Rules for Quality Payment Program and Physician Fee Schedule
On Thursday, November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Final Rules for the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) and 2018 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS).
 
Explore Opportunities to Improve Health IT Workflows at IHE USA Plug-a-thon
IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) has been a leading contributor for health IT product validation and interoperability.
 
Data Silos: Together, We Can Bust Them
One of the biggest issues in healthcare research is the ability of researchers to obtain healthcare record data. Unfortunately data often exists in silos, which makes access challenging.  This blog explores the issues, challenges, and how-tos of busting data silos.
 
Better End-User Security: What You Can Do #HITsecurity
Lee Kim shares fives tips to consider using in your daily cyber routine and offers various HIMSS cybersecurity resources. #CyberAware
 
Improving Patient Outcomes through Pharmacy Informatics
American Pharmacists Month takes place every October to recognize the work of pharmacists across the nation.



 

HIMSS18. Where IT connects for health. March 5 - 9 2018 in Las Vegas

PUBLIC POLICY EVENT CALENDAR

Annual Conference & Tradefaire | Idaho Chapter of HIMSS
November 13, 2017 
 
2017 Infoway Partnership Conference
November 14, 2017 
 
10th Annual CIO Forum | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
November 15, 2017
 
Relationship Networking: Building Personal Connections For Professional Results
November 15, 2017
 
Cybersecurity and The Little Man - Perspectives from Critical Access/Rural Health IT
November 16, 2017
 
CAPG Quality Payment Program Webinar: How to Control Costs for the MIPS Resource Use Component
December 1, 2017

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