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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.


Senate Passes 21st Century Cures Act, Bill Heads to President's Desk
The Act addresses issues ranging from information blocking to EHR reporting requirements.

CHRONIC Care Act Introduced by Bipartisan Group of Senators
The bill seeks to modernize Medicare payment policies to improve management of chronic disease, streamline care coordination, and improve quality outcomes.

House Passes ECHO Act, Bill Headed to the President's Desk
The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the use of technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models to improve healthcare delivery.


NH-ISAC Discusses Cyber Threat Information Sharing Initiatives in Smaller Organizations
National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) President, Denise Anderson, discusses new initiatives to engage smaller healthcare organizations in cyber threat information sharing. Listen to the podcast here.

Health IT Policy and Standards Committees Discuss Quality Payment Program and Enhanced Oversight Rule
ONC will continue is statutory mission in the new administration.

The State of National Cybersecurity and the Road Ahead
HIMSS blogged about the Obama Administration's recent release of a report from the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Upcoming HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Webinar on the National Cyber Incident Response Plan
Join HIMSS for a Webinar on December 13 for an update on the National Cyber Incident Response Plan


Local Data for Better Health: 500 Cities Project
The measures developed through this project will enable public health professionals, city officials, policymakers and researchers to retrieve and explore uniformly defined city-and census tract-level data.

Four States Receive Remaining Stimulus Funding for Health Information Exchanges
HHS used the final economic stimulus funds from a $2 billion appropriation to award four states' health information exchanges (HIE) with grants totaling nearly $2.4 million.


Ruben Amarasingham on the Pay Equity as a Competitive Advantage
This STEPS to Value episode explores the current & future state of clinical analytics with HIMSS North America Board member Ruben Amarasingham, President & CEO of PCCI.  Ruben also discusses how PCCI’s mission-driven approach to pay equity has been a market differentiator for recruiting top talent.  James Deren, Director of IT Planning for CareTech Solutions, will also share insights on health IT trends as part of HIMSS Innovation Community.      

Listen to STEPS to Value episode #27: Clinical Analytics & The Power of Perspective

Statement on Senate Passage of 21st Century Cures Act
HIMSS applauds Senate passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. 

Preparing for MIPS - What clinicians can do now
These are challenging times for our healthcare delivery system. Taking time to be sure you fully understand your individual situation and respond accordingly will be critical to containing costs and improving your opportunities for success.

The State of National Cybersecurity and the Road Ahead 
Improving the state of cybersecurity is a top national priority for the public and private sectors.  The United States is a leader in technology and should be a world leader in cybersecurity.  The health sector, too, should be a model sector for cybersecurity adoption and advancement #HITsecurity


HIMSS Learning Center: The precision medicine channel. Better prevention to empower the patient. Register Now!


Connected Health Conference
December 11-14, 2016

Delivering Health Informatics Education to the Workforce
December 13, 2016

Ways to Improve the Effectiveness and Impact of Health Information Technology on Patient Safety and Quality and the Value of Health IT - Part 1: Leveraging Health IT to Improve Safety and Reduce Harm
December 13, 2016

HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable - Care Coordination and Analytics: Hospitals and LTPAC Data-Driven Partnerships
December 13, 2016

2016 Annual Holiday Social | New England Chapter of HIMSS
December 13, 2016

2016 Chapter Advocacy Event | Minnesota Chapter of HIMSS
December 13, 2016

It’s All About Revenue: A MIPS, QPP & Revenue Cycle Best Practice Plan
December 14, 2016

The Healthcare Cybersecurity Pulse - Part 2: Tools and Resources You Can Use!
December 14, 2016

Learn the Keys to Building an Effective Team from Leaders of Best Hospital IT Departments
December 15, 2016

Mobile App Security 101 for Healthcare: Essential Tools for HIPAA Compliance
December 15, 2016

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

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