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Institute for e-Health Policy Hosts Briefing on Health IT Implications Under MACRA
The briefing will take place on Capitol Hill and will be hosted by Congressman Diane Black (R-TN), a member of the Institute's Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Thursday, July 14th.


CMS Hospital OPPS NPRM Calls for 90-Day Meaningful Use Reporting Period in 2016
CMS proposes to use a 90-day EHR reporting period in 2016 for all eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs) - which would be any continuous 90-day period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

AHRQ Releases Final Technical Brief of Telehealth Effectiveness
AHRQ notes the research focus should shift to how to promote broader implementation and address barriers.

ONC Identifies Measures for Widespread Interoperability
ONC has identified two measures.

NIH Awards $55 Million for Precision Medicine Initiative
Study will launch the Cohort Program of the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Medicare Program: Expanding Uses of Medicare Data by Qualified Entities
Qualified entities can use and disclose Medicare claims data to certain authorized users at no cost.


Vermont Considering Policy Change on Provider Access to Patient Records
Two thirds of states that have HIEs like Vermont's have opt-out only policies

New Law Expands Telemedicine Use in Indiana
House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1263 will expand physicians use of telemedicine.


HIMSS Analytics Honors UCHealth with the Acute care EMRAM Stage 7 Validation and Associated Practices with O-EMRAM Stage 7 Outpatient Validation
The HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 Validations honor facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR...

Applications Open for HIMSS Health IT Awards and Scholarships
Through the call for applications and nomination process, HIMSS will recognize 13 award and 8 scholarship recipients at the #HIMSS17 Awards Gala in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 19-23.


HIMSS Virtual Events: National health IT Week. Spetember 26-30. One voice. One vision.

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Great Conversations about HIT Value
STEPS to Value Season 1 Highlights

Season one of HIMSS’ podcast STEPS to Value ended this month, and I wanted to share with you some of the amazing conversations we had with thought leaders from across the health care & health IT industry.  STEPS to Value is the HIMSS Value of Health IT Suite’s exclusive podcast focused on sharing best practices from health care organizations on how they have optimized the value of the health IT technologies, processes & people they have invested in during this time of great transformation in the way care is delivered.

Here are some of the great conversations we’ve had during season 1:

In addition to our regular season one programming, STEPS to Value also produced a series of special episodes focusing on the MACRA proposed rule.  If you are looking for more information on the impact the proposed rule will have on your organization, you can learn more during the following episodes:

Listen to the full season one of STEPS to Value as the series gears up for season two starting in August. 
Share your thoughts, your own value story or ideas on what we should be discussing in season two atvalue@himss.org.

HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-Season 1 Highlights- The Importance of Trust: Health Data Security
In this episode, we focus on the role data security & privacy management plays in driving trust amongst clinicians and patients alike. We speak Sriram Bharadwaj, CISSP, CLSSBB, CPHIMS, Director, Information Services at UC Irvine Health & Chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee about the concept of trust in a health data security environment. We also sit down with Lee Kim, BS, JD, FHIMSS  Director, Privacy & Security here at HIMSS about current health IT privacy & security trends.

Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value EP9: The Importance of Trust: Health Data Security

Advanced Digital Imaging Strategies
July 12, 2016

Intel: Experience the clinician's view. Access videos: July 6th - July 13th >>

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