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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.



Recap of House and Senate Committee Health IT Markups
Committees held markups on a number of bills that would impact health IT.


CMS Releases MACRA Proposed Rule
The proposed rule provides details on the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for MIPS eligible clinicians by consolidating components of three existing programs: the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS); Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM); and, the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals (EPs) or groups under the physician fee schedule.

ONC Accepting Nominations for Two New Task Forces
Nominations are being accepted for two new task forces formed under the ONC Health IT Policy and Standards Committees; the Consumer Task Force and the MACRA/MIPS Task Force.


New Medicaid Rule Impacts States
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published their final rule encouraging states to support the adoption of certified health information technology that enables interoperability across providers and supports streamlined care coordination for enrollees.


HHS Releases Proposed Rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)
On Wednesday, April 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the MACRA proposed rule. HIMSS staff is in the process of analyzing the MACRA rule, including the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the alternative payment models (APMs) programs....

Strong Evidence of the Value of Health IT at #HIMSS16
Success stories are starting to outweigh negative rumblings about the costs and downsides of EHR systems and that shift was noticeable at HIMSS16....


HIMSS17 Conference & Exhibition: HIMSS17 Call for proposals is open!

HIMSS Events

New HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-This Week’s Episode- How Ransomware is Impacting Health IT

In this timely episode of STEPS to Value we examine ransomware, a particularly troublesome variant of malware, and we talk to a security expert on some approaches hospitals can take to combat its growing threat.  Hear insights from Frederick Cox, director of information security for Varian Medical Systems and member of the HIMSS Risk Assessment workgroup.

Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value- Know Your STEPS: How Ransomware is Impacting Health IT

HIMSS Analytics Health IT State of the Market
May 2, 2016

2016 Joint Conference | Iowa Chapter of HIMSS
May 2, 2016

NEHI Annual Meeting
May 2, 2016

Spring 2016 Health Story Project Roundtable
May 2, 2016

The Power of Outage | Colorado Chapter of HIMSS
May 3, 2016

Delivering Better Patient Care with Data at the Cleveland Clinic
May 5, 2016

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