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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.


HIMSS Co-Leads Stakeholder Letter to Congress on Patient Data Matching
More than 25 healthcare organizations urged the inclusion of report language to accompany the FY18 Labor-HHS spending bill that would clarify HHS's ability to engage with private sector organizations to advance patient data matching.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Healthcare Cybersecurity
The hearing examined the role of public-private partnerships, including the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) and the Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, in addressing the growing cybersecurity threat to the healthcare sector.

Senate HELP Committee Hold Hearing to Vet FDA Commissioner Nomination
Gottlieb expressed his strong support for the 21st Century Cures Act passed by Congress last year.


President Trump Issues Executive Order Establishing Opioid Crisis Commission
The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis will focus on studying the scope and effectiveness of the federal response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis and to make recommendations.

Opportunity to Get Involved with the Future of Innovation
ONC is using the ISA to guide innovation that empowers patients within the health information technology (HIT) ecosystem at the upcoming roundtable.


Telehealth Update in Michigan
The revision will allow health care professionals providing telehealth services to prescribe controlled substances.

PDMP Legislation Passed in Iowa
This law supports state-level interventions to improve opioid prescribing, inform clinical practice, and protect patients at risk.


STEPS to Value Episode #33: Is it Time for A Health Data Spring Cleaning?
In this episode, we will explore the impact the digitization of healthcare data has had on clinicians and the patients they care for with Patricia Sengstack, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Bon Secours Health System.  

Listen to STEPS to Value Episode #33: Is it Time for A Health Data Spring Cleaning?

Code Red Episode #8: Finding Strength from Vulnerabilities in the Networked Age
In today's episode, we will discuss how ARcare, a Davies award recipient and EMRAM Stage 7 non-profit that provides medical and dental care to residents in rural Arkansas responded to a recent cybersecurity breach with Greg Wolverton, CIO of ARcare and Chair of the HIMSS User Experience committee.  

Listen to Code Red Episode #8: Finding Strength from Vulnerabilities in the Networked Age


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