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June 17, 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.


House Homeland Security Committee Takes Up Cybersecurity Issues
Cybersecurity issues were front of mind this week with the House Homeland Security Committee.

MedPAC Report Explores Expanded Telehealth Services for Medicare Beneficiaries
Reports states while Medicare's coverage of telehealth is currently limited, "CMS's Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is testing expanded coverage of telehealth services through several payment models".


CMS Releases NPRM to Implement Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes in Medicare and Medicaid Programs
HIMSS did offer concern about CMS’ plan to make reporting of all 15 available eCQMs required, rather than voluntary given that attestation remains appropriately allowed in the CMS EHR Incentive Program.

HIMSS submits comments to CMS Hospital IPPS Proposed Rule
The proposed rule would update requirements for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAH) that participate in Medicare and Medicaid Programs.

CMS Issues Request for Information Regarding Availability and Pre-certification of Medicaid Information Management System Modules
CMS provides states with $5 billion each year to develop and maintain their Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS).

AHRQ Director Discusses Challenges and Opportunities with Friends of AHRQ
AHRQ’s new director discusses his priorities for agency.


State Telemedicine Updates
Legislation activity in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Arkansas and South Carolina.


HIMSS Analytics Honors OhioHealth Doctors Hospital with the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7 Award
EMRAM Stage 7 Awards honor facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR. Read more...

Defining Patient Engagement from an HIE perspective #EmpowerHIT
The HIMSS HIE inPractice Task Force set out to uncover and identify possible ways that HIEs implement, collaborate, and engage the healthcare consumer – the patient. Read more...


Xerox: Value-based care. From fee-for service to value-based care: How all can benefit. Learn more >>

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STEPS to Value Episode: Innovation, UX & Health Care vs. Healthcare

In this age of rapid digital transformation, the speed at which innovation occurs often impacts success. We know this is true for organizations, but what is its role in systemic transformation? As we move towards a health care delivery system that is based more on value than on volume will innovation come in the form of wholesale transformation or will it occupy in small spaces, chipping away at the old model over time? How do we define the future state? What does it look like? Is it all about technology? Or must we rethink the way we think about health care. In this episode we talk with Dr. Jacob Reider about this timely topic, about the innovative use of technology, the promotion of benevolence in business and the opportunities that lay ahead for each of us to improve the health of our communities.

Listen today to the STEPS to Value podcast episode: Innovation, UX & Health Care vs. Healthcare

AANP National Conference 
June 21, 2016

Diversity, Inclusion, & Life Sciences Symposium
June 22, 2016

Emerging Innovations and Outreach in Mobile Health – an international perspective
June 22, 2016

Australia’s Standards for Nurses and Midwives: An Informatics Journey
June 22, 2016

Long Term Post Acute Care & HIT Summit
June 25, 2016

HFMA National Institute
June 26, 2016

Intel: Experience the clinician's view. Access videos: June 8th - June 29th >>

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