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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

CMS Announces ICD-10 Start Date of October 1, 2015
HHS has announced that it "expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015. The rule will also require HIPAA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015."  Click the link to read the full CMS message.

CMS Issues 2015 IPPS Proposed Rule; Confirms October 1, 2015 as ICD-10 Start Date
On April 30, 2014, CMS issued a proposed hospital inpatient payment rule that would update FY15 Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). Within the rule, CMS notes that the "ICD-10-CM/PCS transition is scheduled to take place on October 1, 2015."  Click the link for highlights from the NPRM.

White House Releases Report on Big Data; Cites Health IT Work and Calls for HIPAA Assessments
On Thursday, May 1, 2014, the White House Released Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values, a report led by President Obama’s Counselor John Podesta, after he was charged by the President to lead a 90-day review of big data and privacy. Click the link to read more.

WEDI Convenes Emergency Summit on ICD-10 Implementation
On Wednesday, April 30, HIMSS joined the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and several other stakeholder organizations in pulling together a meeting to develop an industry action plan and roadmap for ICD-10 implementation in lieu of the ICD-10 delay that was included in the most recent physician payment fix enacted on April 1, 2014. Click the link for a summary of the discussion.

Health IT Policy Committee Gains New Appointments
On April 29, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) made three appointments to the Health IT Policy Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee, each for a term of three years. Click the link to learn more.

VA to Use Cash Prize Incentives to Develop New EHR
This week the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it plans to implement challenges and cash prize incentive competitions to develop its next generation electronic health record (EHR). Click the link for details.

CAQH CORE Enrollment Data Task Group Seeks Participants
The CAQH CORE Enrollment Data Task Group is seeking participants among representatives from any CORE Participating Organization.  Click the link to learn more.

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

Burwell Confirmation Hearing Scheduled<
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on May 8th for Sylvia Burwell, President Obama’s nominee to replace outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. 

Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing to Discuss Telehealth
The Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), held a hearing this week entitled “Telehealth to Digital Medicine: How 21st Century Technology Can Benefit Patients.” Click the link for highlights from the hearing.

House Committee Presses CMS on Waste, Fraud, & Abuse
The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing this week on Medicare waste, fraud, and abuse.  Click the link for highlights.

State Affairs

PA Senate Recognizes Pennsylvania Healthcare IT Awareness Day
In preparing for the Pennsylvania State HIT Day coming up on May 7, 2014, the Pennsylvania HIMSS Chapters obtained a resolution, Senate Resolution 325. Click the link for details.

Most Regional Extension Centers Plan to Remain Open for Business
Eighty-five percent of respondents to the 2014 HIMSS Regional Extension Center Survey reported they will continue to operate due to new funding options and strategic partnerships.  Click the link above to access the complete report.

Florida Legislature Assesses State Data Security Laws in Place
Florida State Senator John Thrasher introduced Senate Bill 1524, the "Florida Information Protection Act of 2014.” Click the link above to learn 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.

NEW! Virtual Briefing: HIMSS Analytics Continuity of Care Maturity Model
HIMSS Analytics will share the new Continuity of Care Maturity Model, a global model that addresses the importance of interoperability, information exchange, care coordination, patient engagement and analytics with the ultimate goal of holistic individual and population health management, during a May 21 Virtual Briefing. Register here.

NEW! Podcast: Breakthrough Innovation Opportunities
Leslie Wainwright, Ph.D., the Chief Strategy Officer at AVIA, a provider-formed innovator network and a featured speaker at the upcoming Healthcare Innovation Summit, talks about the current state of innovation and how health systems can become 'high-performing'. The National Healthcare Innovation Summit is May 13-15, in Boston. For more Innovation Podcasts, click here.

Find Your Ideal Health IT Job at the HIMSS Virtual Career Fair
A career in health IT encompasses many administrative, clinical and financial aspects, and skill sets acquired from previous careers and industries are often applicable and transferable to health IT careers. Build or enhance your skills portfolio by connecting with the health IT tools, resources and positions available today with our virtual job fair on May 7. Identify the various job opportunities available for health IT professionals; participate in educational offerings designed to enhance your health IT career; engage in networking opportunities that can provide the foundation for the successful launch and nurturing of your health IT career. Click the link above for more details.

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HIMSS Offers Guidance to HHS on Certified EHR Technology
In official comments, HIMSS provided recommendations in response to ONC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria; Interoperability Updates and Regulatory Improvements. Click the link above to learn more.

Celebrate National Nurses Week. May 6-12, 2014. Learn More.

Public Policy Event Calendar

HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

Pennsylvania HIMSS Advocacy Day
May 7, 2014
Harrisburg, PA (Webinar 12 PM to 1 PM)

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

South Carolina HIMSS Advocacy Day
May 15, 2014
Columbia, SC

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

Connecting Michigan for Health
June 5-7, 2014
Lansing, MI

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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