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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

HIMSS Submits Comments on Meaningful Use Modifications
On Thursday, July 17, HIMSS submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on their proposed rule modifying the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program, for details on HIMSS’ response, click the link above.

ONC to Host Listening Sessions Nationwide
On Thursday, Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health IT, announced the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) will host a series of listening sessions around the country, click the link above to learn more.

Health IT Standards Committee Announces Transition Details
This week, during the Health IT Standards Committee (HITSC) meeting, Deputy National Coordinator and Chair of the HITSC Jacob Reider announced the transition plan for the Committee’s various workgroups, for more information about the meeting click the link above.

OCR and NIST Announce Joint Conference
This week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a joint conference covering topics related to HIPAA and HITECH, for more information about this collaborative effort, click the link above.

Large Increase Seen in Physician e-Prescribe Rates
Click the link above to see how the implementation of the Medicare e-Prescribe and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive programs have impacted the percentage of physicians who prescribe electronically.

CMS Announces Provider Call on QIO Program Transition
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality announced a call scheduled for July 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. focused on the restructuring of the Quality Improvement (QIO) Program, for information on how to participate in the call, click the link above.

Congressional Affairs

House Subcommittees Meet to Discuss the Role of Technology in Healthcare
Two Subcommittees of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce convened on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in a joint hearing titled “21st Century Technology for 21st Century Cures,” click the link above to see how health IT was addressed during the hearing.

21st Century Cures Initiatives Examines Care from A Patient’s Perspective
On July 11th, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee convened a hearing entitled "21st Century Cures: Incorporating the Patient Perspective,” for coverage of the hearing, click the link above.

Senate Finance Committee Meets to Discuss Chronic Illness Management
The Senate Committee on Finance, under the leadership of Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), held a hearing on July 15, 2014, entitled “Chronic Illness: Addressing Patients’ Unmet Needs,” click the link to learn about the Committee’s discussion on managing chronic illnesses.

Bipartisan Group of House Members Sign Letter In Support of an Exemption from Meaningful Use Penalties for Pathologists          
A bipartisan group of 89 members of the House of Representatives signed a letter addressed to Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, expressing support of an exemption of pathologists from Medicare payment cuts from the Meaningful Use Program, click the link to learn more.

State Affairs

HHS Announces Collaboration with States to Advance Medicaid Payment and Delivery System Reform
On July 14, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a new innovative HHS collaboration with states to improve care for Medicaid beneficiaries by accelerating efforts in reforming their health care systems to improve health and care while reducing costs, for more information about the initiative, click the link above.

KBML Adopts Telemedicine Opinion Aligning with FSMB’s Policy
During their June 2014 meeting, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure adopted an opinion regarding the use of telemedicine technologies in the practice of medicine, click the link above to learn about the details of the opinion.


One Voice, One Vision: Show Your Commitment to Health IT
National Health IT Week 2014 (Sept. 15-19) is an independent, Partner-driven virtual awareness week made up of local, regional and national events that offer all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite in support of the benefits that health IT can bring to U.S. healthcare. There is no cost for National Health IT Week 2014 Partnership, but your organization must be a member. Become a Partner>>

NEW! HIMSS Medical Practice and Community Health Center Community
Learn about the unique health IT challenges and opportunities faced by medical practices and CHCs during quarterly webinars. The Community unites volunteer leaders, providers, REC staff, consultants, vendors, HIT decision makers and industry thought leaders on topics such as Meaningful Use, patient engagement and workflow. Community membership is open to all current HIMSS members. Register here today! Please contact Valerie Griffen for more information.

NEW! HIMSS Rural Health IT Community
Join industry experts for an in-depth look at the expanding role of health IT for rural health clinics, critical access hospitals, networks and medical practices during this quarterly webinar series. Areas of focus will include HIE, meeting incentive program objectives, quality initiatives and healthcare reform. Community membership is open to all current HIMSS members. Register here today! Please contact Valerie Griffen for more information.

VOLUNTEER: Care Coordination Task Force
Thanks to Meaningful Use (MU), Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) and other incentive programs, care coordination is becoming a key focus for many medical practices. This task force will develop resources and tools on how care coordination and care transitions measures can be achieved to improve patient outcomes and maximize cost-effectiveness with health IT. This task force meets monthly via WebEx. Contact Valerie Griffen to register.

VOLUNTEER: Value of HIT and Meaningful Use Task Force
This task force provides feedback on Meaningful Use public comment periods for eligible providers. It also publishes business cases and success stories that highlight the improved patient care, cost-effectiveness and efficiencies that can result from EHR implementations and achieving Meaningful Use.  This task force meets monthly via WebEx. Contact Valerie Griffen to register.

OPEN CALL: HIMSS15 Poster Presentation Submissions
HIMSS invites you to submit a proposal to present a poster session at HIMSS15 in Chicago, IL. The conference will be held April 12-16, 2015. The call for proposals will be open until Aug. 1. Learn more and apply>>

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It’s Time to Register for the 13th Annual HIMSS Policy Summit!
Registration is now open for the 13th Annual HIMSS Policy Summit taking place at the Grand Hyatt Washington on September 17-18, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Early bird registration rates end August 9th.  Register here today!

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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

National Provider Call: QIO Program Transition
July 23, 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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