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October 7, 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.

Highlights from National Health Information Technology Week
From marches to webinars to award receptions, NHIT Week was a huge success.


Health IT Groups Applaud House Appropriators for Report Language on Patient Matching
HIMSS has, for several years, urged Congress to address the impact of the UPI prohibition, including in our 2015 Congressional Ask: Support Robust Interoperability and Health Information Exchange.


Health IT Policy and Standards Committees Discuss New Health IT Resources, Cybersecurity, and Awards to Improve Information Flow
ONC provided an overview of two new resources launched during National Health IT Week to include Phase II of the Health IT Playbook and an updated EHR Contract Guide.

HHS Awards Funding to Help Protect Against Cyber Threats
This agreement will help foster the development of a more vibrant cyber information sharing ecosystem within the healthcare and public health sector.

Federal Agencies Offer a Report on Privacy & Security Data from Devices Not Covered by HIPAA
Agencies weigh in on how to address security surrounding wearable health devices.


New Jersey Moves to Further Regulate Telehealth
The bill will enable clinicians to provide care remotely to patients in the state, establish appropriate patient-provider relationship via telehealth, and prevent state health plans and private plans that cover state employees from mandating an in-person visit before telehealth use.

New Nebraska Law Creates Mandatory Reporting of Controlled Substance Prescriptions in 2017
The bill will take full effect on January 1, 2017, and is designed to address the over-prescribing of prescription drugs in Nebraska and help physicians and prescribers control and monitor controlled substance prescriptions.


IHE Connectathon Offers Invaluable Collaboration Opportunity for Health IT Vendors
The IHE USA Connectathon is a one of a kind of event that allows health IT Vendors to work together to improve connectivity, to improve the quality of patient care.

Industry Stakeholders Applaud House Report Language on Patient Matching
Inaccurate patient identification and errors in patient matching can lead to serious medical mistakes and are major barriers to improving the quality and efficiency of care across the continuum. House appropriators highlighted this challenge in report language accompanying the Fiscal 2017 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill, labelling the "lack of a consistent patient data matching strategy" as one of the "most significant challenges" to safe and secure electronic health information exchange.


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HIMSS Events

"Who's Minding the Store" When It Comes to Healthcare Cybersecurity?
HIMSS' Lee Kim provides insights on the recent Government Accountability Office report focused on the magnitude of cybersecurity breaches in the healthcare sector, with over 113 million health records breached in 2015.  The GAO report calls on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to issue more guidance to help improve the cybersecurity posture within the healthcare sector and to ensure that its guidance is in alignment with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

For more insights on current cybersecurity threats, listen to the most recent Code Red episode on ransomware with HIMSS Privacy & Security Chair, Josh Black. 

Using Morphine Equivalency and Analytics to Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic | Austin Chapter of HIMSS
October 11, 2016

HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable - Care Coordination and Person-Centric Longitudinal Care
October 11, 2016

10 Essential Point-of-Care Applications for Health Providers
October 12, 2016

Three Apps Fan the Flames as HL7 FHIR Spreads
October 12, 2016

Part 2: The Real-time Pharmacy Benefit Transaction: Use Cases and Next Steps
October 13, 2016

Project Management Roundtable & Networking Social | Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter of HIMSS
October 13, 2016

2016 Regional Networking Event | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS
October 13, 2016

Open Board Meeting | Oregon Chapter of HIMSS
October 13, 2016

AHIMA Annual Convention & Exhibition
October 14, 2016

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