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Welcome to HIMSS' Health IT Policy Update, bringing you the latest news on legislative and regulatory activities related to health IT from HIMSS' Government Relations office. We welcome your feedback, and if you're reading this complimentary newsletter online or receiving it as a forward, please subscribe.

Federal Affairs

Health IT Standards Committee Discusses Comments on 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criteria NPRM
On Thursday, April 24th, the Health IT Standards Committee met for its monthly meeting.  Click the link to read HIMSS’ summary.

Blum to Step Down from CMS
This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the departure of its Principal Deputy Administrator, Jonathan Blum. Click the link for details.

HHS Announces HIPAA Breach Settlements
In announcing settlements with two entities totaling nearly $2 million, the HHS Office for Civil Rights said “these major enforcement actions underscore the significant risk to the security of patient information posed by unencrypted laptop computers and other mobile devices.”  Click the link for details.

Hardship Exception Applications due July 1, 2014 for EPs
This week, CMS distributed an email stating that they are accepting applications for hardship exceptions to avoid the upcoming Medicare payment adjustment for the 2013 reporting year. Click the link for details and tipsheets.

HIMSS Regulatory Chart Tracks Health IT Regulations
The HIMSS regulatory chart offers an at-a-glance snapshot of all health IT-related regulation HIMSS is following in 2014. The chart includes links to proposed and final regulations and to HIMSS comments and position statements, along with anticipated timelines.

Congressional Affairs

House to Hold Hearing on Medicare Waste, Fraud, & Abuse
The Subcommittee on Health of the House Ways and Means Committee has announced that it will hold an April 30th hearing to “focus on the different Agencies’ roles and missions in curbing the fraud, waste, and abuse within the Medicare program.” Click the link to learn more.

Congress Looks at Telemedicine
Last week, attendees at the Institute for e-Health Policy briefing on Capitol Hill heard from staff of several members of Congress (Sen. John Thune, and Reps. Glenn Thompson, Greg Harper, and Mike Thompson) who have sponsored legislation related to telehealth. Click the link above to view the telehealth legislation they’ve introduced.

Volunteer for HIMSS Leadership Awards Workgroup
For a short-term commitment with a high level of impact, consider volunteering for the HIMSS Health IT Leadership Awards Workgroup to consider nominations of federal leaders and state legislators who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health IT to improve healthcare. For more information click the link above, or contact Evan Yeckley.

State Affairs

Five Emerging Trends for State Public Policy & Mobile Health IT
These five emerging mobile health IT trends, from "Mobile Health IT in the States: A Policy Perspective (2013)," which was developed under the auspices of the HIMSS State Advisory Roundtable, offer guidance for state legislators as they review and develop relevant mobile health policy. Click the link to read more.


Registration Open for Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition
Join your colleagues for this year's Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition in Washington DC, June 17-18, 2015. Click the link above to learn more.

Explore Ramifications of ICD-10 Delay
The ICD-10 deadline has been revised for a third time, and the uncertainty of the new deadline’s language has many concerned that it won’t be the last. HIMSS has aggregated opinions and analysis on the meaning behind the latest delay; why, if you are in patient financial services, you should consider the delay a good thing; and how to carry on with your implementation. Engage with the HIMSS community on LinkedIn with two discussions on the delay and on Twitter using the hashtags #SGR, #ICD10delay and #ICD10. Other resources to help you stay on top of ICD-10 are the HIMSS Business Edge eNewsletter and the ICD-10 Playbook.

Attend the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum
HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News present the 3rd Annual Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego, June 16-17. The forum features real-world case studies and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, providing attendees with the tools and resources they need to tackle top privacy and security challenges. Click the link above to review the agenda, speakers and to register.

HIMSS Blog Highlights
Blog highlights this week include:

  • A post from HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS on an HIE study session conducted by the JASON Advisory Panel, an independent group of scientists that advises the U.S. government on science and technology that held a summer study session on health information exchange (HIE) in 2013.
  • Learn more about careers in health IT from Direct Consulting Associates, a supporting collaborator for the HIMSS Innovation Center. This post covers six traits employers consider invaluable when acquiring health IT talent.

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Elinore Boeke
Sr. Manager, Public Policy Communications, HIMSS
HIMSS Office of Government Relations, 703–562–8817

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JASON Panel Releases HIE Report
Last summer, the JASON Advisory Panel, an independent group of scientists that advises the US government on science and technology, held a summer study session on health information exchange (HIE). HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith represented HIMSS on the topic of interoperability. Read her blog about the JASON’s new report.

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Public Policy Event Calendar

HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

3rd Annual ILHIMA & GCCHIMSS HIE Advocacy Event
Springfield, IL
April 29 & 30, 2014

Government Health IT Virtual Briefing: Mission Possible: Health IT and Policy beyond Meaningful Use and ICD-10
April 30, 2014

Beyond Stage One Meaningful Use Education
Denver, CO
May 8, 2014

CMS eHealth Summit
May 19, 2014

National Healthcare Innovation Summit
Boston, MA
May 13-15, 2014

California State HIT Day
Sacramento, CA
May 22, 2014

Health Datapalooza
Washington, DC
June 1-3, 2014

Beacon Hill Day at the State House
Boston, MA
June 5, 2014

Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition
Washington, DC
June 17-18, 2014

National Health IT Week
September 15-19, 2014

Save the Date!
HIMSS 13th Annual Policy Summit
Grand Hyatt Washington DC
September 17-18, 2014

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