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SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Membership  |  HIMSS Public Policy

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.

Thirteenth Annual HIMSS Policy Summit (Congressional Fly-In) is a Big Success!
Thirteenth annual HIMSS Policy Summit was a day and a half of Congressional fly-in for HIMSS members and other registrants. The participants visited their members of Congress or staff to explain HIMSS top three Congressional Asks and discuss health IT accomplishments and potential.

Members of Congress and the ONC Address the HIMSS Policy Summit (Congressional Fly-In)
Thirteenth annual HIMSS Policy Summit is a day and a half Congressional fly-in for HIMSS members and other registrants; half day of training in current health IT public policy issues; half day of breakout sessions; and half day Capitol Hill office visits.

The National Coordinator Addresses the HIMSS Policy Summit (Congressional Fly-In)
HIMSS Policy Summit is a day and a half Congressional fly-in for HIMSS members and other registrants; half day of training in current health IT public policy issues; half day of breakout sessions; and half day Capitol Hill office visits.

Congressional Affairs

Health Information Analytics – Addressing Health Disparities and Saving Babies
Panel discussion of major government, clinical, and technology experts describing the issue of health disparities and infant mortality and the potential of health IT to address these issues.

Senate Special Committee on Aging Addresses Importance of Health IT
During National Health IT Week the Senate Special Committee roundtable discussion focused on Assisting the Aging through Health IT.

Representative. Ellmers Introduces “Flex-IT” Act
The Flexibility In Health IT Reporting Act (Flex-IT Act) was introduced by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT). In a statement, Ellmers said the bill “would afford the ‘flexibility providers need while ensuring that the goal of upgrading their technologies is still being managed.’”

House of Representatives Passes IMPACT Act
This week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate voted on and passed The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT) ACT  which seeks to standardize patient assessment data, quality measures and resource use measures.It also includes language that was featured in another bill –the Hospice Opportunities for Supporting Patients with Integrity and Care Evaluations (HOSPICE) Act. The measure is now cleared for the president's signature.

Federal Affairs

Multiple Associations Send Letter to Secretary Burwell on MU Reporting Issue
HIMSS comments to the Department of Health and Human Services in response to Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for 2014;and Health InformationTechnology.

AMA Releases EHR “Action Plan” Focused on Usability
The American Medical Association (AMA) called for solutions to EHR systems that have neglected usability as a necessary feature. The AMA released a new framework outlining eight priorities for improving EHR usability to benefit caregivers and patients.

HIMSS Affairs

425+ Partners Join 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 last year, join the celebration of the value of health IT

HIMSS Awards and Scholarships Nominations Open
Through Oct. 10, HIMSS is accepting nominations for its annual awards and HIMSS scholarship. Here are the five steps you need to take to submit a nomination.

HIMSS Comments on the "Flexibility in Health IT Reporting Act"
Rep. Renee Ellmers introduced a bill in the House that relaxes requirements for the federal meaningful use program in response to widespread outcry from doctors, hospitals and health IT practitioners.

WEBINAR: Register Now for the September C&BI Community Virtual Event
Register now for the Sept. 25 Virtual Event “Using Clinical Intelligence to Manage an ACO’s Specialty Care Network,” presented by the HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Community

HIMSS ICD-10 Financial Risk Calculator – Quarterly Findings Report
Since last quarter’s report, the number of visitors to the Financial Risk Calculator tool has remained relatively static with very few new users or completed surveys.

ICD-10: When 54 Weeks is Really 37 Weeks
It has been nearly six months since the President signed into law language delaying the implementation of ICD-10 until at least Oct. 1, 2015. In the six months since the announcement CMS passed a Final Rule officially establishing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new implementation date, launched their website, announced 2015 acknowledgement testing dates and participated in multiple webinars and town meetings reaffirming their commitment to that date.

Optimize Your Revenue Cycle: Make CDI Technology Count
Hospitals are reeling from financial and compliance pressures. A combination of bad debt, newly covered patients, changing reimbursement models and the risk of denials in the face of the ICD-10 migration is placing already slim operating margins in greater peril.


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HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

Too Much, Too Little: Getting the Right Medication Alerts Now 
September 22, 2014

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Benefits Outweigh Privacy Invasion Risk for Chronically Ill
September 23, 2014

Identity and Access Management at HCA - Taking Control in the Era of Population Health
September 23, 2014

Maryland HIMSS Chapter | Annual Networking Event      
September 23, 2014

Driving Consumer Health and Wellness in a Connected World
September 23, 2014

Fast Tracking Organizational Readiness for a New EHR
September 24, 2014

Wisconsin Dairyland HIMSS Chapter | Appleton Regional Networking Event
September 24, 2014

Heart of America Chapter of HIMSS: Patient Engagement & Education Event
September 25, 2014

Midwest Gateway HIMSS Chapter | Insights on Population Health and Update of the State of Illinois HIE 
September 25, 2014


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