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October 31, 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.

HIMSS Recognized as Leading Health IT Change Agent
HIMSS was recognized as the sole association from an audience of more than 53,000 healthcare professionals.

Congressional Affairs

New Addition to HIMSS Government Relations Team
Steve Pavlick joins as Manager of Congressional Affairs.

Federal Affairs

ONC Changes Stance on DeSalvo Departure; Stakeholders Weigh In
Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Lisa Lewis, Acting National Coordinator for the Office of Health IT (ONC), co-authored a blog post that sought to clarify Dr. DeSalvo’s role at not only ONC, but her involvement in the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) as well.

ONC Announces November 5th Webinar on Informatics and the Role and Response to the Ebola Event
The webinar is geared toward CNIOs, CMIOs, developers, and nursing informaticians, and will provide for the opportunity to hear “lessons learned from the field” from the Texas Health Resources team about their response to the Ebola event.

CMS Finalizes CY 2015 Home Health PPS Rule with Language on EHR Use
The rule includes payment system details that the agency expects will foster greater efficiency, flexibility, payment accuracy, and improved quality.

Final Medicare Payment Rules Soon to Be Released
The final rules are expected to for publication in the Federal Register on either October 1 or during the week of November 3. 

State Affairs

HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable FY15 1st Quarter Report
Every three months, the HIMSS State Government Affairs team releases a report summarizing the activities and achievements of the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable including advocacy events, awards, staffing updates, and much more. Click the link to review the roundtable’s accomplishments to date and to see what initiatives they have in store for the rest of this year.

HIMSS Affairs

3 Biggest Challenges to Meaningful Data Exchange
Healthcare needs to identify an efficient and effective method of capturing data and then exchange it to prompt, meaningful, high-value care. What are the biggest challenges healthcare organizations are facing?

HX360™—Using Emerging IT to Improve Healthcare Delivery
On October 8th, HIMSS and AVIA announced HX360™, a new co-developed initiative. HX360 was created to improve the way that healthcare is delivered by both inspiring and facilitating the adoption and use of next gen technologies by provider organizations.

How Intermountain Healthcare Does Privacy & Security
The proliferation of mobile technologies in healthcare requires proactive acceptance, rather than denial. See how a major health system like Intermountain Healthcare protects its telehealth and mobile initiatives.


Beaumont Health System Automates CMS Reporting, Provides Safer Care. Get Free Case Study.


HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

NEHI Webcast: All Payer Claims Databases (APCDS): Unlocking the Potential
November 04, 2014

South Florida Chapter of HIMSS Fall Conference | IntegraTe: Where HealthCare and Finance Converge
November 05, 2014

The Business of Getting to HIE: A Public Health HIT Toolkit
November 05, 2014

Virginia HIMSS Chapter | 2014 Fall Conference
November 05, 2014

CPHIMS In Person Review Course | Southern California Chapter
November 07, 2014

Student Workforce Health IT Development Conference | Pennsylvania HIMSS Chapters
November 07, 2014


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