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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.


Back from Recess: Capitol Hill Hearing Recap
With Congress returning, elected leadership has a lot of ground to cover before the election recess.

Congressional Leaders Send Letter to HHS on Successful Implementation of MACRA
In the letter, the Members stressed that successful implementation of MACRA was vital in our transition from fee-for-service to value-based care, and getting patients the high quality care they deserve.


CMS Previews Quality Payment Program Changes for the FY 2017 Performance Year—Allows Clinicians to "Pick their Pace of Participation
Recognizing the comments that CMS received from stakeholders on the timing of the first performance year, Mr. Slavitt wrote that his agency wanted to present eligible clinicians with multiple options for QPP participation and allow them to "pick their pace of participation for the first performance period that begins January 1, 2017."

HIMSS offers its comments to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs for calendar year 2017.

HIMSS Partners on Two Letters to Respond to Physician Fee Schedule NPRM
The HIMSS/Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) letter urges CMS to take every opportunity in the CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule to promote robust, practitioner-patient use of proven information technology to improve health care delivery, including remote monitoring for chronic disease management, telehealth, and the digital delivery of health care and prevention services.

In addition, HIMSS was a signatory on another joint letter with 24 additional organizations on the Physician Fee Schedule NPRM. This comment letter also focused on the telehealth provisions in the proposed rule, and emphasized that the co-signers represent a wide-and growing-coalition of stakeholders that span the healthcare and technology sectors. These stakeholders all support the growing body of evidence that demonstrates the wide array of connected health technologies available today can improve patient care, reduce hospitalizations, help avoid complications, and improve patient engagement, particularly for the chronically ill.

ONC Announces Winners of Blockchain Challenge
Challenge participants addressed ways that Blockchain technology might be used in health and health IT to protect, manage, and exchange electronic health information.

CMS Announces Positive Results from the 2015 Performance Year for ACO Programs
Results released for 2015 that show Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) delivered higher quality care for Medicare beneficiaries and generated financial savings.


HRSA Awards $16 million to Improve Rural Healthcare
The funding will expand the use of telehealth technology for both veterans and other patients, while helping providers with policy-oriented research to improve understanding the needs and challenges facing rural communities.


New HIMSS Cybersecurity Podcast Code Red-First Episode "You Are The Next Target" Transcript Now Available

Welcome to HIMSS's new health IT cybersecurity podcast, Code Red. Code Red focuses on cybersecurity challenges facing health care today & tomorrow, featuring the voices of the people on the front lines. The goal of the podcast is to explore the interplay between the people, processes & technologies that make up an organization's cybersecurity posture from both a leadership & skills-based perspective. A transcript is now available of our discussion about the existential threat of cybersecurity attacks in the age of ubiquitous digital health and the range of current cyber-security threats with HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee member, Ram Ramadoss, Vice President – Privacy, Information Security & EHR Oversight at Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation's third-largest nonprofit health system.

Listen to Code Red, Episode One: You Are The Next Target

Read it here: "You Are The Next Target" Transcript

#PHI2016 Interoperability & Informatics

Christel Anderson, senior director, interoperability initiatives, HIMSS North America, reflects on her learnings from the CDC/NACCHO Public Health Informatics Conference #HITWorks

Leadership Matters: Insights on HIMSS AsiaPac16 from HIMSS President/CEO

HIMSS President/CEO H Stephen Lieber, CAE, shares his experiences at recent conference focused on advancing digital and patient-centered care #PutData2Work

HIMSS Offers Comments to CMS OPPS NPRM

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New STEPS to Value Episode: The Impact of Long-Term Post-Acute Care's Digital Divide

We conclude our exploration of the long-term post-acute care health IT marketplace. In this episode, we take a deep dive into the space's own digital divide, the implications of that on care delivery in one of the fastest growing segments of the industry, and hear from an industry thought leader on what these organizations are doing to bridge the LTPAC digital divide.

Listen to STEPS to Value Season Two, Episode Three: The Impact of Long-Term Post-Acute Care's Digital Divide

Essential Knowledge Series: Trends in Outpatient Practice Management and EMR Solution Adoption
September 12, 2016

Iowa Nursing Informatics Boot Camp | Iowa Chapter of HIMSS
September 13, 2016

The CAHIMS Online Review Course Part 1
September 13, 2016

Big Data: Don't Forget the Basics
September 13, 2016

HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable - Engaging LTPAC Providers in Hospital Care Coordination Efforts: The Why and How
September 13, 2016

Women in Health IT Reception
September 13, 2016

Summit of the Southeast 2016
September 13, 2016

Provider-Payer Collaboration and the Impact on Population Health
September 14, 2016

The CAHIMS Online Review Course- Part 2
September 15, 2016

Emergency Strikes - Is Your Health System Ready? | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS
September 15, 2016

Population Health Forum 2016: Population Health Forum. September 12-13th | Chicago

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