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October 3, 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.

Congressional Affairs

Congress is on recess for the Midterm Elections until mid-November.  We anticipate the Senate will return on November 12th and the House will return on November 14th to conduct legislative business in the Lame Duck Session.

You can continue to reach out to your elected officials to ask for support on H.R. 5481 and the HIMSS Congressional Asks.  Make sure to visit the HIMSS Legislative Action Center to weigh-in and help the HIMSS message to be heard.

HIMSS joins organizations supporting Expanding Telehealth Services as part of 21st Century Cures Initiative
HIMSS Policy Summit was a great success. HIMSS members and staff visited more than 138 Congressional offices.

Show Your Support - HR 5481, “Flexibility in Health IT Reporting Act”
Congresswoman Ellmers introduced the Flex-IT Act which will allow for providers to report on their meaningful use compliance in 2015 through a three-month reporting period as opposed to a full year.

Senate Resolution Recognized September 15-19 as National Health IT Week
US Senate passes resolution co-sponsored by Senators Stabenow and Thune.

Federal Affairs

HIMSS Formally Submits Comments on ONC Interoperability Vision Document
HIMSS responds to ONC interoperability vision paper and makes five recommendations.

HIMSS Offers to Help HHS Develop a Comprehensive Plan for Health IT Issues Involved in Healthcare Transformation
HIMSS sends letter to HHS Secretary offering support and recommends three key policy levers.

HHS OIG Issues Proposed Rule on Revisions to Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules
Hook:  New HHS-OIG rule will amend the safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute and the civil monetary penalty rules under the authority of OIG.

FDA Releases Final Guidance on Medical Device Cybersecurity
Final guidance from FDA on medical device cybersecurity issued.

44,000 MU Hardship Exemption Applications Received by CMS
CMS officials confirm 44,000 hardship exemption applications, according to news outlets.

State Affairs

State & Local Proclamations Recognize National Health IT Week
San Diego County recognizes 2014 National Health IT Week.

Nation-Wide Advocates – The Key to a Successful 2014 NHIT Week
HIMSS announces 440 partners joined NHIT week efforts, including 32 HIMSS Chapters.

FSMB Releases Final Version of Interstate Licensure Compact
Compact would allow for an expedited licensing process for physicians and would relieve some telemedicine hurdles.

ATA Releases State by State Study on Telemedicine Reimbursements
Seven states receive an 'A' for their coverage and reimbursement policies from ATA.

HIMSS Affairs

HIMSS Expert Comments on How Health Data Can Revolutionize Lives
In this week’s Washington Post, experts weighed in on the modern power of computers, data crunching and how artificial intelligence could revolutionize health care, improving and extending lives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Oct 6

Improving Clinical Screening through Patient Self-Service

North Carolina HIMSS Chapter | Fall 2014 Breakfast Meeting

Oct 7

CPHIMS On-Line Review Course Part 1

Delivering Better Patient-Centered Care at a Lower Cost with Teleservices

Oct 9

Colorado HIMSS Chapter | 2014 Fall Education & Networking Event

CPHIMS On-Line Review Course Part 2

Upheaval in the Medical Marketplace: Why & How Health Reform Must Be Redirected & Roles for IT | Arizona HIMSS Chapter

Oct 10

The Cooper Employee Centered Medical Home


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