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NHIT Week Webinar: Leveraging Telehealth to Advance Healthcare Transformation
On September 26th, join in HIMSS during National Health IT Week to learn about the role telehealth has in advancing care innovation, and hear from a diverse panel of experts on real world examples of communities that have overcome policy barriers to advance telehealth.


A Year in Review: Update on the 2015 HIMSS Congressional Asks
HIMSS has engaged with relevant Committees and Member offices to provide subject matter expertise and technical assistance, data, education and/or assistance with building support for specific legislation.


HIMSS Joins Healthcare Organizations on Recommendations to 2018 SOC Revisions
The letter discusses separating the Health Informatics, HIM and Health IT occupations.

Health Centers to Receive over $87 Million in HHS Funding for IT Enhancements
The funding will be used to support health IT enhancements to accelerate the transition to value-based care models, improved information sharing to support better decision making, and increased engagement in delivery system transformation.

FDA's CDRH Releases Regulatory Science Priorities for FY 2017
The regulatory science priorities serve as a guide for making strategic intramural research funding decisions to ensure that CDRH research is focused on needs that are relevant and critical to medical devices and radiation-emitting products.


Missouri Bill Allows Schools to Bill Medicaid for Telehealth Services
Under the new law, physicians are now able to employ telehealth under the state's Medicaid program.

New Hampshire REC Helps Providers Achieve Meaningful Use
RECNH announced that it reached its goal of assisting 1,000 Priority Primary Care Providers (PPCPs) across the state in achieving Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).


Living in a hybrid world
Unfortunately, one can't flip a switch to move to value-based-payments-- so the industry struggles to survive in a hybrid environment- something that policymakers did not fully envision when mandating new payment rules. The author shares examples of challenges faced by healthcare organizations trying to balance old and new requirements.

The Imperative of HIMSS' APM Task Force
While CMS may have only recently heard the concerns of the provider community regarding successful value-based payment model participation, HIMSS has already begun activities to design resources that will allow its members to successfully transition from fee-for-service to pay-for-value.  

Data quality: strategies for improving healthcare data
The author helps us understand the challenges of data quality improvement and identifies a direction to overcome each challenge.

The Imperative of HIMSS' APM Task Force
While CMS may have only recently heard the concerns of the provider community regarding successful value-based payment model participation, HIMSS has already begun activities to design resources that will allow its members to successfully transition from fee-for-service to pay-for-value.  

Planned report from HIMSS Health Business Solutions Committee to Explore Long-Term Viability of Expanded Coverage under the ACA
The Accountable Care Act (ACA) is credited with extending insurance to more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans through Medicaid Expansion programs and the introduction of Health Insurance Marketplaces.  But three years into its implementation 19 states have yet to expand their Medicaid programs, co-ops are failing, and commercial insurers, citing unbearable financial losses, are exiting public health insurance marketplaces.  Can the health insurance coverage provisions of the ACA withstand the test of time?

Looking Forward to Release of MACRA Final Rule—More Details about "Pick Your Pace" and Much More
Jeff Coughlin, senior director, federal and state affairs, HIMSS North America, discusses #HIMSS's stance on the MACRA final ruling. 

The MIPS Impact: What to Know and How to Prepare
There are specific activities that your organization, large or small, can do to ensure you are prepared for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Expanding the Value of Health IT: Transforming Health: National Health IT Week Kicks Off Sept. 26-30
HIMSS calls for participation during #NHITweek


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HIMSS Events

New STEPS to Value Podcast Episode- The Value of Health IT Policy
In this episode of STEPS to Value, we explore the impact that governmental policy has on the health information technology industry with Dr. Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Acting Assistant Secretary and the former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr. DeSalvo also shares her own personal story and advice for women considering a career in the STEM fields as part of HIMSS' Women in Health IT Initiative. 

Listen to the episode here: The Value of Health IT Policy

Lunch & Learn: A Picture is Worth 20 mSv | Houston Chapter of HIMSS
September 23, 2016

National Health IT Week
September 26-30, 2016

Chapter Site Visit | Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter of HIMSS
September 26, 2016

Leveraging Telehealth to Advance Healthcare Transformation
September 26, 2016

2016 Fall Social | Colorado Chapter of HIMSS
September 27, 2016

Pioneers in Innovation: Lake Nona Medical City
September 27, 2016

Annual Fall Kickoff Social & Giants Game | Northern California Chapter of HIMSS
September 28, 2016

Fall 2016 Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable
September 28, 2016

Measure Your Level of Security Readiness and Become More Resilient
September 29, 2016

National HIT Week Chapter Activity | New England Chapter of HIMSS
September 29, 2016

National Health IT Week Reception: Illinois Telehealth Landscape | Greater Illinois Chapter of HIMSS
September 29, 2016

Nursing Informatics Certification Review Course | Greater Illinois Chapter of HIMSS
September 30, 2016

 HIMSS Virtual Events: IHE North American Connectathon 2017. Cleveland, OH. Registration open September 12th - October 7th.

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