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SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

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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 is the leading forum for developing common ground to advance adoption of the health information technologies transforming health care in America.


More than 425 Partners Join the Celebration of National Health IT Week 2014
As National Health IT Week opens on Monday, Sept. 15, more than 425 partners, compared to 368 at this same time for National Health IT Week 2013, join the celebration of the value of health IT.

There is more than One Way to Participate in Policy Summit - HIMSS Call for Action Supporting “Congressional Asks”
You may not be able to attend NHIT Week and HIMSS Policy Summit, but you can still make an impact.  Ask members of Congress to focus their attention on National Health Information Technology Week and HIMSS Congressional asks. 

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.

Congressional Affairs

House Subcommittee hearing discusses FDA’s guidance on regulation of “Laboratory Developed Tests”
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing in the 21st Century Cures initiative to discuss proposed guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the regulation of Lab Developed Tests (LDTs).

21st Century Cures Initiative Continues with Roundtable Discussion on Personalized Medicine
After weeks of events across the country, the bipartisan 21st Century Cures initiative returned to Washington, D.C., with another roundtable discussion about opportunities to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of new cures and treatments.

Cummings Calls for Cybersecurity Congressional Hearing
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has requested an Oversight Committee hearing to investigate the data security breach at Community Health Systems. From April to June, Community Health Systems was the victim of a Cyber-attack. Hackers also managed to breach Cybersecurity at but no personal information was stolen. Congressman Cummings goal is to have the Committee learn about security vulnerabilities.

Federal Affairs

New ONC Rule Announced at HIT Policy Committee Meeting
ONC’s recently announced rule will include newly adopted and modified certification criteria.

HIMSS Letter to HHS Calls for Revisiting the Full-Year Meaningful Use 2015 Reporting Requirement
This letter emphasizes HIMSS’ commitment to interoperability that leads to information exchange, and supports the principle that over the entire course of the MU program, Stage 2 outcomes and the 2014 Edition CEHRT are important drivers toward successfully achieving positive transformation of the U.S. healthcare system.

HIMSS Affairs

ONC Fact Sheet: 2014 Edition Release 2 EHR Certification Criteria Final Rule
This ONC Fact sheet on the 2014 Edition Release 2 EHR Certification Final Rule provides information on the “ten optional 2014 Edition EHR certification criteria and two revised 2014 Edition EHR certification criteria” that were adopted “that provide flexibility, clarity, and enhance health information exchange” in a convenient table format.

ONC Releases Final Rule Making Changes to 2014 Certification Release 2
Based on public comment from HIMSS and other organizations regarding the challenges that the proposed 2015 Voluntary Certification would create, ONC revised its approach and provided the industry-requested changes.

Take Part in National Health IT Week
More than 400 healthcare organizations will partner in National Health IT Week 2014, including providers, patient advocacy groups, professional associations, research organizations, payers, government agencies, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, and health IT vendors.

mHealth Summit Updates—Registration, Showcases & More
Following are the most recent updates to mHealth Summit 2014 and Global mHealth Forum, Dec. 7-11, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, DC area.

Become an Advocate for Your HIMSS Chapter
More than 400 healthcare organizations will partner in National Health IT Week 2014, including providers, patient advocacy groups, professional associations, research organizations, payers, government agencies, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, and health IT vendors.

HIMSS Urges Chapters to Host State Health IT Days
The State Government Affairs team has provided advice to HIMSS chapters on how to hold a State Health IT Day.


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".

Space is Limited. Register Today! November 20 - 21, 2014. Westin Waterfront, Boston.


HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

HIMSS AsiaPac14 Digital Healthcare Week
September 15, 2014

National Health IT Week
September 15, 2014

AAMI-FDA Summit on Ventilator Technology
September 16, 2014

Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians
September 16, 2014

Patient Portal Usability - Provider and Patient Perspectives
September 16, 2014

2014 Summit of the Southeast
September 16, 2014

HIMSS Policy Summit
September 17, 2014

A General Overview of CPHIMS/CAHIMS for HIMSS Chapter Leaders
September 17, 2014


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