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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 Convenes eHealth Summit to Discuss Critical IT Topics
On Monday, May 19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held an eHealth Summit in Baltimore, MD, to discuss several topics important to the IT community.  Click the link to learn more.

New CDC Survey of Physicians Shows Continuing Increases in EHR Adoption
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics this week released “Trends in Electronic Health Record System Use Among Office-based Physicians: United States, 2007–2012.”  Click the link above for highlights and to access the report.

FDASIA Stakeholders Meeting Kicks Off
On May 13th, Tom Leary, HIMSS Vice President of Government Relations, represented HIMSS at the FDA/ONC/FCC meeting with Stakeholders to discuss the draft FDASIA Report proposing a Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk Based Framework for Regulating Health IT. “The conversation was incredibly enlightening,” he writes in a blog post. “It goes without saying that the federal agencies have done an incredible job engaging the healthcare community on this important topic, and are willing to have a true dialogue with all stakeholders.”  Click the link to read more.

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 and instructions to submit a nomination.

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

Energy & Commerce Committee Member to Address Government Health IT Conference
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), a physician, will offer a keynote address to attendees of the Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition in Washington DC on June 18th, providing a Congressional perspective on the potential of health IT.  Registration for the conference is free for government employees and veterans (veterans should contact Amy Justice); early bird discounts for other attendees ends TODAY, May 23rd. 

HELP Committee Questions Burwell on Stage 2 Meaningful Use
As noted in last week’s Policy Update, OMB Director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. health secretary appeared before the Senate over the past two weeks for her confirmation hearings before the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee. Click the link for highlights.

House Bill Would Extend EHR Assistance to Behavioral Health Providers and Require DOD/VA Interoperability
H.R. 4574, the “Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act of 2014,” aims to provide resources to individuals with a history of mental illness, and to their families. Click the link to learn about the programs and initiatives proposed by the bill.

State Affairs

BLOG: All Politics is Local
Throughout the United States today, over 60 HIMSS Chapter Advocates are actively engaging state legislators through planning and facilitating advocacy outreach campaigns alongside their local chapters. The Chapter Advocacy Roundtable provides a networking and educational opportunity for Chapter Advocates to promote chapter-level advocacy programs at the grassroots level in coordination with the HIMSS advocacy and public policy Board-approved agenda. Read more


Roger Baker and Aneesh Chopra on the Future of Health IT
Click the link above to access HIMSS Vice President for Government Relations Tom Leary’s blog, and a podcast of his Federal News Radio discussion on the value of health IT with former VA CIO Roger Baker and former US CTO Aneesh Chopra.  Both men are members of the Honorary Advisory Panel for this year’s Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for June 17-18, 2014.

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.

REPORT: Download Updated Mobile Health IT Roadmap on Apps
An updated version of the Mobile Health IT Roadmap from the HIMSS mHealth Community dedicates itself to mobile apps. Complete the brief demographic form to download Mobile Health Apps: A Practical Guide for Healthcare Stakeholders. To participate in the mHealth Community, e-mail your interest to

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

Halamka Closing Keynoter at the HIMSS Virtual Conference
John D. Halamka, MD, MS, will be the closing keynoter at the HIMSS Virtual Conference. Dr. Halamka is a popular blogger, and, most recently, author of the HIMSS Books best-seller GeekDoctor: Life as a Healthcare CIO. On-demand access to the HIMSS Virtual Conference begins June 4 and will remain available to attendees until Sept. 4. Click here to register and learn more.

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

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CMS and ONC Announce Meaningful Use Program Certification Flexibility
On May 20th, CMS and ONC announced the release of a proposed rule that will allow some flexibility for EPs, EHs, and CAHs attempting to attest to the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program in 2014.  Click the link above for HIMSS' fact sheet.

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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

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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