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Welcome to HIMSS' Health IT Policy Update, bringing you the latest news on Congressional, federal, and state health IT legislative and regulatory activities from HIMSS' Government Relations office. We welcome your feedback. If you're reading this complimentary newsletter online or receiving it as a forward, please subscribe.

National Health IT Week

National Health IT Week Rapidly Appraoching
National Health Information Technology Week (September 15-19, 2014) is rapidly approaching and it is not too late to register for the HIMSS Policy Summit (Congressional Fly-In; September 17th and 18th)


Every year since 2002 HIMSS members and health IT community colleagues from all over the nation have connected in Washington with federal and congressional policymakers, and visited Capitol Hill to discuss this year's top three Congressional "Asks" with members of Congress and their staff.  You are the industry’s most effective voice with elected officials!  Join us September 17-18, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Click here to view the Agenda-at-a-Glance for National Health Information Technology Week and HIMSS Policy Summit.

Federal Health IT Business Development Workshop Scheduled for September 16
Federal Health IT Business Development Workshop on September 16, in conjunction with this year’s National Health IT Week.

Health IT 101 Policy Training during NHIT Week
There is no better way to become grounded in this very timely and complex area of healthcare that to attend Health IT 101 Basic Training.

Federal Affairs

CMS Finalizes Regulation Offering Relief to Meaningful Use Providers for 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT issued a final rule that offers providers flexibility. The Final Rule closely follows what the agencies included in their May 20, 2014, proposed rule.

HITPC Opines on JASON Recommendations at September Meeting
Health IT Policy Committee held its monthly meeting in DC that included three updates from Federal agencies and Committee Workgroups. The Committee also received final recommendations from the JASON Task Force.

Megan Smith Named to Replace Todd Park as U.S. Chief Technology Officer
Megan Smith replaces Todd Park, who is leaving the CTO position to take on the challenge of recruiting Silicon Valley technology talent.  She will be the third Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

Congressional Affairs

Improving Care for the Aging through Health IT
The Institute for e-Health Policy is Collaborating with the Senate Special Committee on Aging to hold a Panel discussion of major government, clinical, and technology experts describing how the health information technology can be employed to assist the seniors and the infirmed to better care for themselves and receive safer more responsive healthcare.

Institute for e-Health Policy Hosts Annual Technology Showcase
HIMSS Interoperability Showcase and Institute for e-Health Policy Technology Showcase will provide members of Congress, policy makers, the federal government, and many more a glimpse into a "seeing is believing" health information exchange demonstration. This event is where clinicians, technicians and key decision makers can come together and provide a first-hand experience to technologies that show interoperable clinical solutions.

House E&C Committee 21st Century Cures Initiative to hold a Hearing and a Roundtable discussion next week
House E&C Committee 21st Century Cures Initiative will hold a hearing on Tuesday on the “Regulation of Laboratory Developed Tests”. And on Wednesday, the House E&C Committee 21st Century Cures Initiative will hold a roundtable discussion on "opportunities to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of new cures and treatments".

HIMSS Affairs

CIO to Discuss Cyber Attack at Privacy & Security Forum
Senior Vice President and CIO Daniel Nigrin, MD, will speak at this month’s Privacy & Security Forum about his experience defending Boston Children’s Hospital’s network from cyber-attacks.

HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (CBI) Community
The HIMSS C&BI Community supports activities that promote peer-to-peer networking, problem solving, solution sharing and education. Attend their new event this month.

HIMSS Members Receive Discount to AHIMA Conference
HIMSS members receive a 10 percent discount on registration to the AHIMA 86th Convention & Exhibit, Sept. 27- Oct. 2, in San Diego.

IBM Health and Social Programs Summit
On Oct. 20-21, a network of thought leaders will convene to discuss industry trends and technology innovations in the fields of health and social programs.

Latest News on the mHealth Summit.

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for 2014 and Other Changes to the EHR Incentive Program; and HIT
Revisions to the Certified EHR Technology Definition and EHR Certification Changes Related to Standards.

Using CI to Manage ACO Specialty Care Network
Register for the Sept. 25 Virtual Event, Using Clinical Intelligence to Manage an ACO’s Specialty Care Network, presented by the HIMSS CBI Community.


HIMSS Policy Summit is Rapidly Approaching
Here is a snapshot of the other exciting events during this year’s HIMSS Policy Summit.

National Health IT Week is Sept 15-19th
NHIT Week is a collaborative forum, bringing together relevant healthcare constituents as well as members of Congress and other key decision makers.  Since 2006, HIMSS has welcomed the waning summer months with an entire week dedicated to celebrating the important role that health IT plays in improving healthcare delivery in America. This year, HIMSS is giving extra attention to the task of – "achieving value through interoperability".

Celebrate National Health IT Week in Your Community
National Health IT week brings together information technology and interconnectivity vendors, hospital and provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry / professional associations, and consumer protection groups. During National Health IT Week, these public and private entities collaborate to advance Health IT adoption with, "One Voice, One Vision".

Federal Health IT Business Development Workshop Scheduled for September 16
Federal Health IT Business Development Workshop on September 16, in conjunction with this year’s National Health IT Week.

Protecting Data Assets and Managing Risks. September 8-9, 2014 The Westin Boston Waterfront Boston, MA www.


HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

Big Data Conference | Northern Ohio & Western Pennsylvania | HIMSS Chapters
September 5, 2014

Rural Health IT Community Kick-Off Webinar
September 8, 2014

The Privacy & Security Forum 
September 8, 2014

Enabling the WLAN to Meet Todays Healthcare Requirements
September 9, 2014

Healthcare Value Chain Day 2014
September 9, 2014

Austin HIMSS Chapter | September Lunch & Learn
September 10, 2014

Health Information Exchange: Where Do We Go from Here
September 10, 2014

HIMSS15 ACEC Planning Meeting
September 12, 2014

National Health IT Week
September 15, 2014

HIMSS Policy Summit
September 17, 2014


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