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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.


Heating Up in Washington, DC: Capitol Hill Recap
Busy week for health IT with congressional hearings ranging from MACRA to mobile apps, mark-ups and new legislation.


CMS Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Includes Expansion for Telehealth Services
CMS is proposing a number of new physician fee schedule policies that will improve Medicare payment for those services provided by primary care physicians for patients with multiple chronic conditions, mental and behavioral health issues, and cognitive impairment or mobility-related disabilities.

OCR Provides Guidance on Ransomware Attacks
The OCR guidance describes the role of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in assisting HIPAA covered entities and business associates to prevent and recover from ransomware attacks.

CMS Issues Request for Information Regarding Availability and Pre-certification of Medicaid Information Management System Modules
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for information (RFI) on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, entitled Modular Solutions for Medicaid IT Enterprise and Pre-certification of Solutions. CMS announced this week that the comment period for request for information (RFI) has been extended for additional month.

Explore China's Growing Healthcare Market: Applications Being Accepted for Trade Mission Visit
The mission offers an unprecedented opportunity for U.S. healthcare companies as HHS does not normally participate in trade missions, but their participation increases the attention from Chinese government officials as they are very protocol conscious, and HHS is the counterpart to Chinese health ministries.


NHIT, in partnership with HIMSS and PCHA Hosted a Conference to Spotlight Benefits of Health IT in Care for the Underserved
The second annual "Wall Street Summit – The Business of Health," addressing healthcare disparities and technology opportunities in the United States, was recently hosted by National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative), in partnership with HIMSS and PCHA.

#HIMSS North America Names New Board Members
Effective July 1, #HIMSS names new board of director chair, vice chair. Four individuals also began their three-year terms as board members.

Stanford Health Care Honored With Stage 7 EMRAM Revalidation, Clinics Receive HIMSS Analytics 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.

Collaboration Continues at @HIMSS Innovation Center and in the Medical Capital
Learn about the @HIMSS Innovation Center, located at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio

The Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network: Applying the Principles of Population Health Management to Achieve Better Health and Improved Care at a Lower Cost
Over the last 60 years, the healthcare landscape in the United States has undergone substantial change. The incidence of chronic disease has risen rapidly creating new demands for prevention and health management versus episodic acute care. Healthcare costs have risen exponentially, but the increased spending has not resulted in better health outcomes.

Applying for the HIMSS North America Board of Directors
Nominations are now being accepted for open positions on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors.

Applying for the HIMSS North America Nominating Committee
Apply for the HIMSS North America Nominating Committee. Candidates must be Regular or Life members or the senior executive representative of a Corporate / Non-Profit Partner Member firm. Candidates must have achieved advanced membership status (Senior Member or Fellow) prior to being slated.

Recent notable scientific publications in the field of applied clinical informatics. #4
Our monthly digest of recently peer-reviewed publications in the area of applied clinical informatics covers a couple of interesting publications, which drew attention in June.


HIMSS Virtual Events: 
Evolving payer-provider collaboration: What's next on the horizon. July 27th | A HIMSS virtual briefing

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HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-Season 1 Highlights- The Value of Exchange: How HIEs Drive Value
With over 70% of doctors’ offices now utilizing electronic health records, the important first steps involved in laying the groundwork for true interoperability of protected health information have been taken.  The successful establishment and maintenance of Health Information Exchanges are an important part of this fluid landscape, and can drive very specific value from your health IT capital and process investments.  In this episode of STEPS to Value, we explore benefits and challenges of interoperability with Robert Cothren, PhD from the California Association of Health Information Exchange (CAHIE) and 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award winner Brian Yeaman, MD.  We also get an overview on the work HIMSS is doing to drive interoperable nation-wide health information exchange with Mari Greenberger, Director of Informatics here at HIMSS.

Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value EP11: The Value of Exchange: How HIEs Drive Value

HIMSS-NCPDP Pharmacy Town Hall Series: Part 1 - Fighting Opioid Abuse with E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances
July 19, 2016

Health Informatics Competencies in New Zealand: A Review
June 19, 2016

10th Annual Summer Social | HIMSS Northern California Chapter
June 21, 2016

Connected Health Conference: Connected Health Conference | December 11-14 | Gaylord National Convention Center | Washington D.C. Register Now

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