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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.

National Health IT Week 2016

Dates Announced: September 26-30

Mark your calendars! National Health IT Week is September 26-30, 2016. Plan to participate in this year’s activities in Washington, DC, and around the country!

National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology.

More details to follow!


Look to HIMSS for Resources on the New MACRA Proposed Rule
HIMSS has created a suite of resources to help the community understand the new rules.

HIMSS Submits comments to ONC Certification NPRM
HIMSS submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to the ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

HIMSS Joins PCHA in Letter on FDA Draft Guidance
In the letter HIMSS and PCHA noted that appropriate interoperability is critical to ensuring the safety and effectiveness of medical devices used in systems, and see this Draft Guidance as a positive step forward in that regard.

CMS Finalizes Quality Measure Development Plan
CMS aims to drive improvement in our national health care system through the use of quality measures and periodic assessment of the impact of such measurement.

ONC NSTIC Pilot Webinar Series
ONC is hosting two additional webinars that will provide more background on the opportunity.


Senators Release Draft Legislation to "Reboot" Meaningful Use Program
The draft bill authored by Senators John Thune (R-SD), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would create a 90-day meaningful use reporting period, remove the program’s all-or-nothing approach and create expanded hardship exemptions in 2016.


Proposed Telemedicine Law in Arkansas
The Arkansas State Medical Board proposed new regulations on telemedicine that would encourage doctors to see patients without an initial in-person visit.


HIMSS Celebrates World Password Day: Tools and Information You Can Use
World Password Day is an annual initiative on May 5th which encourages safe password practices....

HIMSS Applauds Nurses Influence on the Culture of Patient Safety
Each year, HIMSS welcomes the opportunity to thank the 3.4 million registered nurses in the United States for their contribution to the advancement of health and patient care during National Nurses Week.#Nurses4HIT #NursesWeek...

What's the Difference Between the eHealth Exchange and Carequality?
Health data sharing opportunities are dramatically expanded to include additional providers, payers, other care settings, and others as the Carequality community grows. This, in turn, helps patients receive better care, increases healthcare efficiency, and decreases healthcare costs....


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

HIMSS Events

New HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-This Week's Episode- The Imperative of the Nursing Voice in HIT

National Nurses Week is May 6th through May 12th.  The conversation between clinicians and designers is integral when developing effective digital clinical technologies.  A health IT super user and key voice in that conversation is the nurse.  What technologies & processes are helping them perform their duties?  What effects do the usability & user experience of current health IT products have on nurses’ daily workflow?  In this episode we hear directly from thought leaders across the nursing field on the state of user experience for nurses today.

Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value- Know Your STEPS: The Imperative of the Nursing Voice in HIT

Healthcare Transformation and Shifting to Value Payments: A HIMSS MACRA Webinar Series
This upcoming webinar series focuses on new regulations that must be implemented to achieve programmatic and payment reform for government and healthcare communities. Let our experts help you navigate the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), and get the tools you need to move into the next phase of participation for the Quality Payment Program, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and alternative payment models (APMs). This three-part webinar series takes place May 17 and 25, and ends on June 1.

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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