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SEPTEMBER 26, 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.

NHIT Week Messaging a Huge Success
HIMSS messaging reaches all time high during NHIT Week.

Recap of Health Information Analytics: Addressing Health Disparities and Saving Babies Symposium
Distinguished medical and health IT professionals discussed integrating contemporary analytics to transform the delivery of healthcare.

Health IT Policy 101 Session Kicks off the Policy Summit
This informative session featured speakers who were collectively interested in exploring the transformation of healthcare through the use of health IT drawn from the perspective of non-profit, government and private stakeholders.

Congressional Affairs

 Show Support for HR 5481, “Flexibility in Health IT Reporting Act"
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers introduces bill to
ensure health care providers receive the flexibility they need to successfully comply with HHS’ Meaningful Use Program in 2015.

HIMSS Call for Action Supporting “Congressional Asks”
There is still time to share the HIMSS message with your elected official.

Left to right are Christopher Kunney, Sally Love Connally, Congressman David Scott (GA-13), Ginny Meadows, and Gretchen Tegethoff,  Members of the Ga HIMSS chapter Meeting with Congressman Scott During Policy Summit.

Federal Affairs

Morton to Head ONC Certification Program
Alicia Morton will now direct the ONC Health IT Certification Program within the Office of Standards and Technology.

FDA Will Share Cybersecurity on Medical Device Information with NH-ISAC
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and the National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center, Inc. (NH-ISAC) to share cybersecurity on medical device information.

ONC to Hold Webinar on 2014 Edition Release 2
Webinar on October 2nd will provide an overview of 2014 Edition Release 2 Final Rule.

CMS Looking For Volunteers for January 2015 ICD-10 End-to-End Testing; WEDI Releases ICD-10 Readiness Survey
CMS is seeking 850 volunteers representing a cross section of provider, claim, and submitter types to be participatants in the testing.

HIMSS Affairs

Amerinet Selects VitalWare for ICD-10 and Innovative Revenue Cycle Software Solutions
Amerinet Inc., a leading national healthcare solutions organization, announces a new agreement with VitalWare LLC, the leader in business intelligence for ICD-10 and beyond.

iPatientCare Stays committed and Exhibits Active Participation to National Health IT Week
iPatientCare, Inc., a pioneer in mHealth and cloud-based ambulatory EHR and integrated Practice Management, stayed committed and exhibited it’s active participation in the discussion on Health IT topics ranging from patient engagement and empowerment to interoperability and better collaboration to meaningful use during the NHIT Week, September 15-19, 2014.

MMY Consulting Launches New Website
MMY Consulting, Inc. a provider of information technology consulting services is happy to announce the launch of their new website:

Zynx Health Unveils Revolutionary Evidence-Based Mobile Care Team Coordination and Secure Messaging Solution
Zynx Health™, the market leader in providing evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement solutions, today announced the general availability of ZynxCarebook™, a mobile platform designed to profoundly improve care team collaboration across the healthcare continuum. This first-of-its-kind Mobile Care Navigation Network™ and Secure ConText Messaging™ solution meets the often impenetrable challenges associated with enabling effective on-the-go communication in busy healthcare environments. Similar to Zynx Health's leading evidence-based intelligence, ZynxCarebook also enables healthcare organizations to radically improve care quality and optimize financial performance.

Sunquest Information Systems and Partners Healthcare Announce Strategic Alliance
Sunquest Information Systems and Partners HealthCare are establishing a strategic alliance to accelerate genomic-based medicine. The relationship involves a strategic investment by Sunquest into GeneInsight, Inc., an IT platform company that streamlines the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of complex genetic test results. Partners is a majority shareholder in GeneInsight. In addition to the investment, Sunquest and GeneInsight will collaborate on providing seamless genetic testing workflow capabilities to clinical geneticists and pathologists.

HIMSS Awards and Scholarships Nominations Open
Through Oct. 10, HIMSS is accepting nominations for its annual awards and HIMSS scholarship. By visiting the link, the five steps needed to submit a nomination can be viewed.

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.

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

AHIMA Convention and Exhibit
September 27, 2014

Proven Strategies to Reduce Readmissions and Drive Patient Engagement
September 29, 2014

From 'Zero' to 'Healthcare Analytics Insights' in 3 Weeks
September 30, 2014

A General Overview of CPHIMS/CAHIMS for Organizational Affiliates Members
October 01, 2014

National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October 01, 2014

Oregon HIMSS Chapter | 2014 Annual Conference
October 02, 2014



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