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April 15, 2016

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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.



Energy & Commerce Committee Reviews Rural Health Care Connectivity Act
Proposed legislation would allow eligible skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to apply for funding through the FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund for connectivity to provide health care services.



CMS Release More Information on 2016 EHR Program Requirements
Several resources released to increase participation in EHR Incentive Programs.

CMS Announces Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Model
The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model is CMS’s largest investment in primary care transformation to date and its goal is to support primary care practices to deliver better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.

NIST Hosting NSTIC Webinar on Federated Identity in Healthcare Pilot Program
On Monday, April 18 at 3:00 pm, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a webinar to discuss the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Federated Identity in Healthcare Pilot Program.

ONC Publishes Review of Regional Extension Centers Program
Report indicates that 68 percent of eligible professionals (EPs) who received incentive payments under Stage 1 of Meaningful Use were assisted by a REC, compared to just 12 percent of EPs that did not work with a REC.


Bill to Expand Telehealth Gains Momentum in Alaska
The legislation would allow doctors licensed in Alaska but living elsewhere to provide care, and prohibit the state Medical Board from penalizing healthcare providers for making digital diagnoses.



Web Plug-Ins and Extensions: The Time to Patch and Upgrade is Now to Avoid Ransomware and Other Malware
If you ensure that your applications, operating systems, and firmware are fully up-to-date (with the latest versions), you may be less of a target for hackers....

Teleconsultation in a Synchronous Fashion
Previously I discussed telehealth and telemedicine. One additional category is teleconsultation. This refers primary physician-to-physician or other provider interactions in a synchronous fashion. Teleconsultation serves to reduce maldistribution of medical expertise, reduces transportation barriers to this expertise and reduces financial barriers....

Recent Notable Scientific Publications in the Field of Applied Clinical Informatics
Applied clinical informatics is a scientific discipline that has drawn a lot of attention in recent years. Many innovations in this field are still unproven in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, and safety....

Telemedicine: Bringing Capability to the Point of Need
Approximately 10% of ICU beds in the United States are currently monitored by teleICU services. TeleICU services improve patient outcomes, reduce ICU and hospital length of stay, reduce errors, and are cost effective....

Empowering Clinicians with Clinical Mobility: Experiences from the Bedside
One of the key aspects of our enabling informatics vision has always been No Physical or Application Tool Belts for our clinicians simplifying their interactions at the point-of-care, improving quality of care, and addressing unintended consequences of EHR adoption....


Creating a clinical communications culture. A HIMSS virtual briefing. April 27th. Learn more >>

HIMSS Events

New HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-This Week’s Episode- This Week’s Episode- Know Your STEPS: Savings
In this episode, we complete our exploration of the HIMSS STEPS value framework, looking at the topic of savings. We talk with Hilo Medical Center and their Davies award winning efforts to drive utilize their EHR to drive revenue for this leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care in Hawaii. Jonathan French also joins us again to highlight Davies award winners who have gained value through savings-focused projects.

Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value- Know Your STEPS: Savings


HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Community presents: Held Hostage: Understanding Ransomware and What to Do About It 

Are you interested in improving your healthcare organization’s cybersecurity posture? Do you want to learn from today’s healthcare cybersecurity thought-leaders? Do you want to connect and engage with your peers to hear about what they are doing with their cybersecurity programs? If so, please join our HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Community.

We have monthly webinars, generally occurring on the fourth Thursday of each month from 2-3PM ET.  Our next webinar will be on Thursday, April 28th from 2-3PM ET. Kevin Johnson, CEO of Secure Ideas will be speaking about ransomware. In this presentation, Kevin Johnson will walk attendees through the various types of ransomware being seen today.  We will explore why it happens, how it got into the organization and how organizations can improve their defenses easily.

Please visit the HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Community page to register!  HIMSS members and non-members are welcome to join. 

SAVE THE DATE -- mark your calendars for these future webinars (all are from 2-3PM ET):
May 26, 2016 - Special Agent Amylynn Errera, FBI InfraGard Co-Coordinator; and
June 16, 2016 - Axel Wirth – Health Solutions Architect, Symantec

2016 Annual Spring Conference | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
April 20, 2016

Health I.T. Student Workforce Development and Training Conference | Central Pennsylvania Chapter of HIMSS
April 20, 2016

Barriers of Interoperability, My Role As An Advocate
April 21, 2016

HIMSS Spring 2016 HIE Community Roundtable
April 21, 2016

Measuring the Effectiveness of Value-Based Care for Federal Providers | National Capital Area of HIMSS
April 21, 2016

CAPG April Symposium
April 22, 2016

2016 Spring Educational Event | Maryland Chapter of HIMSS
April 22, 2016

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