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February 17, 2017

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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.

HIMSS17 Government Relations Recommended Sessions
Do not miss the exciting sessions during HIMSS17.

Stop by the HIMSS Spot: Hear From HIMSS Congressional, Federal, and State Affairs Staff at HIMSS17
Receive updates on relevant health IT public policy topics.

Visit the Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion at HIMSS17
The Pavilion is the only place at HIMSS17 where you will be able to visit with several federal agencies in one place, learn about their health IT portfolios, as well as possible ways to collaborate with them.

CMS and ONC Leaders Sit Down for a Fireside Chat at HIMSS17
Sessions scheduled during HIMSS17.


Senate Votes Unanimously to Confirm Shulkin as the Next VA Secretary
On Monday, February 13th, the Senate voted 100-0 to confirm Dr. David Shulkin as the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Senate Finance Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for Seema Verma to be CMS Administrator
On Thursday, February 16th, Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Orrin Hatch (R-UT) led a confirmation hearing for Trump Administration CMS Nominee, Seema Verma. Ms. Verma is a healthcare consultant, who is credited with being an architect of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and assisting other states as they established programs to extend healthcare coverage in response to Affordable Care Act requirements.


Federal Health Community Sessions at HIMSS17
On Monday, February 20, join the HIMSS Federal Health Community for three exciting sessions featuring our federal colleagues that focus on health IT initiatives impacting federal stakeholders. All three sessions will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in room W307A.

Join Us for a Discussion on the Affordable Care Act and Future Health Reform Efforts
Attendees at this session can expect to gain knowledge on the critical health reform issues and outcomes being discussed by both Republicans and Democrats.

NH-ISAC Updates
Upcoming events.


Chapter Advocacy and State Government Affairs Sessions at HIMSS17
Two exciting sessions are scheduled.


STEPS to Value 3-Part Mini-Series- HIT Policy: A Participatory Sport
As the healthcare industry prepares itself for new leadership at the federal, state, and local level, HIMSS is taking an in-depth look at the always-evolving relationship between healthcare and public policy.  In this series, we will discuss the impact of the final rule of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 with Virginia Commonwealth University Health Chief Financial Officer and 2016 HFMA Board of Directors’ Chair, Melinda Hancock.  In part two of this series, we gain an insider’s view on the give-and-take between policy and public health with Nedra Garrett, Senior Advisor for Informatics at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In part three, we study the impact advocacy can have on the policy-making process with Leslie Bruce, Director, Healthcare Leadership and Community Outreach at UC San Diego Extension.

Listen to Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 of STEPS to Value’s Mini-Series HIT Policy: A Participatory Sport

Special Episode: HIMSS 2017 Davies Award Application Process- An Overview
Gain insights on the new application process for the 2017 HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence from Jonathan French, Senior Director, Health Information Systems at HIMSS.

Listen to HIMSS 2017 Davies Award Application Process- An Overview

HIMSS Statement on the Confirmation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
Dr. Shulkin’s leadership and understanding of health information technology’s role in care delivery and career development for veterans will be valuable to VA’s success


HIMSS17 Interoperability and HIE symposium: HIMSS 17 Interoperability and HIE symposium | Sunday February 19 | Orlando.
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AMDIS/HIMSS Physicians’ Executive IT Symposium: Unlocking Value and Embracing Change
February 19

Business of Healthcare Symposium: Succeeding in a Value-Based World
February 19

Cybersecurity Forum
February 19

Innovation Symposium: Innovation of Things - What’s in Your Toolbox for New Care Models?
February 19

Interoperability and HIE Symposium: Interoperability and Health Information Exchange - Making It Work
February 19

Nursing Informatics Symposium: Harnessing Disruptive Innovation
February 19

Medical Device Security Symposium: Medical Device Security Information Sharing - Clarity for Action
February 19

Population Care Management Symposium: Clinical & Business Intelligence Road to Value-based Care Success
February 19

Precision Medicine Symposium: Precision Medicine IT Solutions - Driving Clinical Quality and Value
February 19

Quality Symposium: Meeting Performance Thresholds in a MIPS/Payment for Value World
February 19

Implementing Healthcare Cyber-Hygiene with the Updated Critical Security Controls: A SANS Workshop
February 19

Business Intelligence Best Practices: A Strong Foundation for Organizational Success
February 19

Cloud Computing Forum | A HIMSS Event
February 19

Digital and Personal Connected Health | A HIMSS Event
February 19

Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit | A HIMSS Event
February 19

HIMSS Mobile App: Enrich your HIMSS17 experience.
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