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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 and ONC Discuss 2014 Attestations and Stage 2 Functionality Adoption
The Health IT Policy Committee met on May 6, 2014, for its monthly meeting, and received reports from CMS and ONC on Meaningful Use EHR adoption.  CMS released additional information on providers paid for the 2014 program year, attestations for the 2014 reporting year, and a report on registration and payment data for the EHR Incentive Program through March 2014.  Click the link to read HIMSS’ full meeting summary and access the presentations.

Multiple Stakeholders Testify at ONC Certification Hearing
On Wednesday, May 7th, a number of providers, vendors, private sector representatives and all the current certification/accreditation bodies gathered to provide testimony to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) during its Certification Hearing. Click the link to read HIMSS’ summary, and to access a recording of the hearing.

New ONC issue brief: Health IT for Public Health Reporting
A new ONC issue brief, Health IT for Public Health Reporting and Information Systems, discusses how using health IT tools, electronic reporting of public health data replaces traditional paper-based and fax reporting. Click the link to access the report.

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 Passes Bill That Promotes DOD-VA Data Integration and Interoperability
By a vote of 416-1, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4486, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Act. This bill in part provides the funding necessary for the VA to modernize its claims backlog by digitizing patient records or working with the Department of Defense (DoD) to create an interoperable records system to ensure that electronic health records are transferred flawlessly when a soldier transitions into the VA system. The Institute for e-Health Policy will host an all-day briefing in July, entitled Rapid Technology Advances in Military Medicine and Veterans Health Care: Research and Development Meets Fielded Care.”Click the link to learn more about the bill and the event.

HHS Secretary Nominee Appears Before Senate HELP Committee
On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the President’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) for the first Senate hearing pertaining to her possible confirmation to lead HHS.

State Affairs

Advocates Gather In-Person & Virtually for PA HIT Advocacy Day
Advocates from the three Pennsylvania HIMSS chapters gathered in Harrisburg along with additional chapter members who joined in virtually this past Wednesday, May 7th for an exciting 2014 PA HIT Advocacy Day. Click the link for highlights.

NoCal HIMSS Gearing Up for California State HIT Week 2014
HIMSS Northern California Chapter members and associates will gather across Northern California during the week of May 18-24 for California State HIT Week 2014. The week will focus on patient engagement, innovation, and advocacy across three events. Click the link to learn more.


EVENT: Attend the 2015 Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition
Join your colleagues for this year's Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition in Washington DC, June 17-18. The theme for the 2014 Government Health IT Conference is "Emerging Care and Reimbursement Models." Find the knowledge and network that empowers you to implement solutions that reduce costs while still delivering quality patient care.

HIMSS15 Call for Proposals & Reviewers
The Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition is seeking thought leaders to present educational content and peer reviewers to ensure the integrity and relevance of 300+ education topics at HIMSS15. The call for proposals is open until June 16. HIMSS15 will take place in Chicago April 12-16.Learn more about submitting a proposal. Learn more about becoming a reviewer. For questions contact Deb Clough, Manager of Annual Conference Education.

Celebrate National Nurses Week
HIMSS joins the American Nurses Association and the Alliance for Nursing Informatics and numerous other partners in celebrating National Nurses Week, May 6-12. The purpose of this week-long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans. Visit the HIMSS National Nurses Week webpage and learn of different opportunities to get involved.

Is health reform as simple as better customer service?
If retail clinics can teach us anything about reforming healthcare, it’s that a core focus on customer service leads to more satisfied patients. But is that a sustainable model for primary care or disease management to follow?

BLOG: Creating a Sustainable Business Foundation for mHealth
In terms of resource efficiency, product affordability, scalability, demand generation, and other traditional business metrics, mHealth makes economic sense and has enormous market growth potential. Yet, mHealth has yet to achieve a business foundation that can sustain its growth. Great new solutions don't always translate into great new business. Those solutions must be supported by business strategies that access new customers, are aligned with larger industry trends, and are priced for mass consumption. Continue reading…

EVENT: June Privacy & Security Forum
The Privacy and Security Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, will be held from June 16-17 in San Diego. The Forum is packed with the real-world case studies and peer-to-peer learning opportunities you need to tackle cybercrime, insider threats, OCR audits, BYOD and many more of today's toughest privacy and security challenges. For more information and to register, click here.

BEST Hospital IT Departments Nominations Open
If you think your hospital IT department is one of the best in the United States, nominate it for Healthcare IT News’ 2014 Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program. Nominations are thru May 23. Healthcare IT News will publish an October 2014 special report, in print and online.

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HIMSS Seeks Nominations for Federal and Congressional Health IT Leadership Awards
The HIMSS Health IT Leadership Awards Work Group is seeking nominations from HIMSS members for the Federal and Congressional Leadership Awards. Click the link above to view the list of award criteria.

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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

Public Workshop – Proposed Risk-Based Regulatory Framework and Strategy for Health IT (FDA, ONC, FCC)
May 13-15, 2014

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

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

CMS eHealth Summit
May 19, 2014

NoCal Patient Engagement Event
May 19, 2014
San Francisco, CA

2014 HTF Innovation Conference - Pathways to Sustainable Health
May 20, 2014
San Francisco, CA

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 4-6, 2014
Lansing, MI

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

National Health IT Week
September 15-19, 2014

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

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