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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

FDASIA Workshop Gathers Ideas on Risk-Based Regulatory Framework for Health IT
This week the FDA, ONC and FCC led a public workshop to solicit viewpoints from stakeholders on the FDASIA Health IT Report that was released in April.  Click the link above for a summary.

FDASIA Summit Panel Discussion: Reporting, and Health IT Safety Center
Click the link to learn more about the issues addressed by final panels of the FDASIA Summit discussing the Environment of Learning & Continual Improvement – Reporting Safety Data, and the Health IT Safety Center.

Leidos Awarded $70.7 Million DHA EHR Contract
This week the Defense Health Agency awarded a $70.7 million electronic health records (EHR) system bridge contract. To learn more click the link above.

CMS Releases Interactive ‘Reporting Once Tool’
This week, the CMS announced the development and release of a new tool that allows providers to submit quality data just once to meet requirements of multiple quality reporting programs. For more information, click the link above.

Congressional Affairs

House Committee Seeks Input on How Technology Can Improve Healthcare
Click the link to learn about the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health announcement seeking public input to identify policies the government can support  to enhance technology adoption for quality improvement.

Davies Awardee Honored in Congressional Record
Children’s Hospital Dallas was honored with a commendation placed in the Congressional Record by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson. To learn more about this special recognition, click the link above.

Congressman Visits Davies Award Winner
For a recap of Rep. Joe Barton’s visit to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital this week, click the link above.

HHS Nominee Praised in Finance Committee Nomination Hearing
Click the link for more information about the Senate Finance Committee’s confirmation hearing Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominee to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Senate Begins Consideration of Tax Extenders Bill, May Include Medical Device Tax Repeal
The Senate continues to pursue a tax extenders package, passing an important procedural roadblock this week. Click the link above to learn more.

State Affairs

HIMSS Chapter Advocacy 3rd Quarter Report
Click the link to review the roundtable’s accomplishments and to see what initiatives they have in store for the rest of this year.

Mobile Health IT in the States
Now that many legislative sessions have occurred, click the link above to see how the policies discussed in the mobile health paper held strong and which have evolved across the states.

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.


VIRTUAL BRIEFING: 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.

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.

Register for the HIMSS Virtual Conference
The HIMSS Virtual Conference presents an opportunity to hear from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services representatives about the latest updates on Meaningful Use. Other experts and health IT leaders will address various pressing topics, including ICD-10 deadline and implementation, HIPAA privacy and security, and the Accountable Care Act. On-demand access starts on June 4 at 3 p.m., CDT and will be available until Sept. 4. Click here to register and learn more.

EVENT: June Privacy & Security Forum
The Privacy and Security Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, will be held 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.

Call for Presentations Open for 2014 mHealth Summit and Global mHealth Forum
Presentation proposals are now being accepted for the mHealth Summit and the Global mHealth Forum. Don’t miss out on being part of the premier domestic and international conference and expo for the exchange of research, ideas, innovations and opportunities in mobile and connected health. Click here to view topic areas and submission guidelines. The submission deadline is June 27. mHealth Summit is Dec. 7-10, and the Global mHealth Forum is Dec. 10-11, in Washington, DC.

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.

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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.

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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

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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