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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.

Congressional Affairs

Members of Congress Share Their Thoughts on Health IT at Government Health IT Conference This Week
Two Congressional leaders, both doctors, offered their thoughts on the role health IT plays in healthcare delivery and the future of health policy in Congress, learn more by clicking the link above.

Senator Fischer Files PROTECT Act as Amendment to Appropriations Bill
Senator Deb Fischer filed her PROTECT Act as an amendment to the Commerce, Science, and Justice Appropriations bill, learn more about the status of the amendment by clicking the link.

Committee White Paper Examines How Digital Technologies Can Improve Patient Care and Treatment Discovery
This week the House Committee on Energy and Commerce released its latest white paper in the 21st Century Cures initiative on how the digital landscape can improve patient care, click the link for more details.

Congress Focused on Spending Bills as Summer Recess Nears
As summer recess approaches, both the House and Senate are focused on the development and passage of funding legislation for FY15, see how health IT is impacted.

Federal Affairs

DOD and VA Officials Address Government Health IT audience
This week, the Government Health IT conference saw representatives from the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration discuss their respective health IT initiatives, click the link above to learn more about what thoughts these officials shared.

FDA Updates App Guidance, Addresses Social Media
The FDA has updated previous and released new guidance, both impacting the mobile and mobile health industries, click the link to learn more.

Health IT Standards Committee Discusses S&I Framework
This week the Health IT Standards Committee held a lengthy discussion on the Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework, click the link above 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.

Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition

The 2014 Government Health IT Conference took place on June 17-18, 2014, at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. The theme of the event was “Emerging Care and Reimbursement Models”.  Attendees heard from federal policymakers, industry leaders and subject matter experts on how care coordination and Health IT public policy initiatives are transforming how quality patient care is delivered and reimbursed at an unprecedented pace.

The Conference focused on realizing the value of health IT through the discussion of critical issues and solutions the healthcare sector is currently facing related to federal health IT policy and healthcare reform, clinical health IT implementation and Meaningful Use initiatives, as well as financial and administrative trends.

Using Data and Analytics to Deliver Better, More Cost-effective Patient Care
Kim Jayhan, Senior Director, Transformation Advisory Group, Health Care, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, spoke at the HIMSS Government Health IT Conference, delivered a presentation, titled “Using Data & Analytics to Deliver Better, More Cost-Effective Patient Care.”

New Payer Sponsorship Models for Achieving Quality Improvement in Small Practices
Anname Phann and Michael Schuman from the Primary Care Information Project (PCIP), New York City Department of Health, presented at the HIMSS Government Health IT Conference, click the link for the specifics of the presentation.

Helping our Nations Heroes Transition into Health IT Careers
Amy Justice, HIMSS Program Manager of Veterans Career Services (VCS) provided an overview on veterans’ workforce development and how HIMSS’ VCS department supports this development within the Health IT field at the 2014 Government Health IT Conference, clicks the link above to learn more.

The Big Data Cure: The Future of Big Data in Federal Healthcare
At the Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition,  Audie Hittle, CISSP and ICSEA certified, Chief Technology Officer Federal at EMC, gave a presentation titled “The Big Data Cure: The Future of Big Data in Federal Healthcare,”  click the link to learn more.

NSTIC, ONC and Inova: Trusted Identities for Electronic Health Records
Debbie Bucci, Office of Standards and Interoperability, Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT, James Sheire, Senior Advisor for National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), US Department of Commerce, NIST, and Mike Farnsworth, Vice President of Binary Structures Corporation presented at the HIMSS Government Health IT Conference, click the link above to learn more.

Analytics in Federal and Commercial Healthcare: Leveraging Assets, Gaining Insights
Jennifer Horowitz, Senior Director, Research at HIMSS Analytics and Nav Ranajee, Global Industry Leader, Healthcare Business Analytics at IBM presented at the HIMSS Government Health IT Conference, for the details of the presentation click the link above.

Supporting Connectivity for Health Care Providers: The FCC's Healthcare Connect Fund
Christianna Lewis Barnhart, Acting Manager of the Rural Healthcare Program and Matthew Quinn, Director of Healthcare Initiatives, both from the Federal Communications Commission spoke at the Government Health IT Conference about their areas of responsibility in healthcare, click the link above to learn more.

State Affairs

California Refines Measure on Electronic Delivery of Medical Records
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi introduced Assembly Bill 2059 which requires a health care provider to produce an electronic copy of a an electronic medical record when an electronic copy is requested, for more specifics of the bill click the link above.


NEW! VOLUNTEER: HIMSS mHealth Community
The HIMSS mHealth Community is seeking members for the upcoming fiscal year. The Community provides critical updates on mobile health IT policy, industry thought leadership and the opportunity to network with stakeholders across the mHealth ecosystem. Join us on July 1 at 12 pm (ET), to hear about numerous existing resources, opportunities to engage, and exciting pending resources. E-mail us at for registration.

NEW! EVENT: Virtual Conference On-Demand
On-demand access for the June 4 HIMSS Virtual Conference is available and will run through Sept. 4. Register today to access top-notch education and thoughts from a diverse collection of health IT professionals on topics including Meaningful Use, HIPAA privacy and security, and more. Also available is the talk from closing keynoter John D. Halamka, MD, MS, author of GeekDoctor: Life as a Healthcare CIO (HIMSS Books, 2014). Register>>

NEW! WHITE PAPER: Improving the Patient Payment Experience
In a world where patient payments represent an increasingly large portion of a provider’s revenue, and as the healthcare community begins shifting away from a fee-for-service model toward pay-for-performance (and eventually to pay-for-outcomes), this paper from the HIMSS Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force aims to bring greater understanding of the importance of the patient’s impact on revenue cycle operations and success. Read more>>

EVENT: mHealth Summit Presentations Deadline June 27
The deadline for submitting a presentation for the mHealth Summit, and the new Global mHealth Forum is only 9 days away. The mHealth Summit, and the new Global mHealth Forum with a focus on low and middle income countries, are accepting presentation proposals for the 2014 program now through June 27. Submit your idea and be a part of these dynamic events. Full details on these events, topic areas and submission guidelines are available online. Learn more>>

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Health IT Events Coming on Capitol Hill

Mark Your Calendars: The Institute for e-Health Policy Will Be Busy This Summer!
The Institute for e-Health Policy will hold two briefings in the months of June and July on key health IT topics.

"International Health IT Policy Issues: Establishing Interoperable Systems in Multinational Environments"
Date: Wednesday, June 25th
Time: 10:00 am -2:00 pm
Location: Columbus Club in Union Station (50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002)

This event will focus on international health IT Trade and policy issues.  Presenters from several foreign governments will join industry leaders working in the global environment to discuss the public and private sector policy issues. To attend this event, RSVP here .

“Advancements in Defense and Veterans Health Information Technologies”
Date: Wednesday July 9th
Time: 10:00am -3:00 pm
Location: Reserve Officers Association, (1 Constitution Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002)

Join us as we look at health information technology advances in military medicine and veterans’ healthcare. We will highlight some tools that can greatly improve the administrative and clinical processes at the Veterans Health Administration. Click here to RSVP.

These programs are publically available and widely attended – a box lunch will be served – and is especially geared toward Congressional health and technology staffers to help bring them up to speed on fast evolving policy issues. For questions please email: or   or visit the Institute’s website: for more program information.

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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

“International Health IT Policy Issues: Establishing Interoperable Systems in Multinational Environments”
June 25, 2014

“Advancements in Defense and Veterans Health Information Technologies”
July 9, 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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