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November 7, 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.

Congressional Affairs

2014 Election Congressional Analysis
A new Congress means new faces which mean new opportunities to get the message out about the importance and impact of health IT. 

Shake Up in the Senate Likely to Impact Health IT
Health Information Technology continues to be a bipartisan issue; however, the midterm elections this week and the Republicans taking over control of the U.S. Senate could result in significant change in Congress' approach to health IT. 

Federal Affairs

HIMSS and CHIME Submit Letter to HHS on ONC Leadership Attributes
The letter recognizes the important role Dr. Karen DeSalvo has as the National Coordinator, and recommends that given the many important issues facing the health IT community in the coming months that Dr. DeSalvo's leadership is needed at ONC.

4 Proposals Submitted for DHMSM EHR Project
DoD plans to award the EHR contract by July 2015.

Health IT Policy Committee Meets, Hears New Attestation Data and Policy Updates
Dr. DeSalvo opened by strongly reassuring participants that in light of her transitioning role, she will still be remaining active with the ONC.

CMS Releases Four Final CY 2015 Payment System Rules in Late October
The rules include the physician fee schedule, home health prospective payment system (PPS), outpatient PPS/ambulatory surgical center rule, and the end-stage renal disease PPS. 
State Affairs

CMS Extending Match for State IT Enrollment Systems 
The agency said it will offer a three-year extension through December 2018 of a waiver that will allow states time to finish integrating their eligibility systems with human services programs without making the human services programs pay for the costs of integration.

HIMSS Affairs

HIMSS Book of the Month: ‘IT Governance in Hospitals and Health Systems'
The HIMSS Book of the Month for November offers a practical "how to" in creating an governance process that ensures the IT projects supporting a health system's strategy are completed on-time and on-budget. Save 20 percent on print and eBook versions of the book all month.

Will Predictive Analytics Drive Healthier Lives?
Can big data and predictive analytics restore in people traits associated with a long, healthy life? Kaiser Permanente CMIO John Mattison, MD, will make the case during his opening keynote at the Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in Boston this month.

CMS Releases Final Payment Rules for the Medicare Program
On October 31st, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent out a press release detailing the "released final rules outlining how Medicare will pay major health care providers and suppliers in 2015".

mHealth and the evolving priorities of the healthcare provider
John Senall discusses mHealth and the evolving priorities of the healthcare provider.



Insights. 3 Key Disrupters Driving Healthcare. Learn More.


HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

EHR – Audits, Opportunities, and Roadmaps | HIMSS Rural Health IT Community
November 10, 2014

How Wireless is Changing Healthcare
November 10, 2014

November 2014 Lunch and Learn | Austin HIMSS Chapter
November 11, 2014

CPHIMS In Person Review Course | New York & Delaware Valley Chapters
November 12, 2014

Cybercrime, Privacy and Security: The Race to Protect Patient Information
November 12, 2014

Delaware Valley & New Jersey HIMSS Chapters | Empowering the New Healthcare Era
November 12, 2014

Leading Healthcare into the Future | Northern California HIMSS Chapter
November 12, 2014

2014 Midwest Fall Technology Conference
November 12, 2014

November 2014 Luncheon & Educational Event | Utah HIMSS Chapter
November 13, 2014

Telemedicine: Speeding Collaboration Across and Beyond the Healthcare Landscape
November 13, 2014

Blue Button for Consumers
November 14, 2014

The Power of Connected Health for Remote Patient Monitoring | mHealth Open Mic Series
November 14, 2014

West Virginia Government Healthcare IT Event | West Virginia HIMSS Chapter
November 14, 2014


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