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November 21, 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.


Impact of Immigration Executive Order on Funding the Government
With lawmakers adjourning Friday and the next week for the Thanksgiving holiday, that leaves few legislative days left before government funding runs out on December 11th.


CMS Creates New “Chief Data Officer” Position
Niall Brennan, formerly Acting Director of CMS’ Offices of Enterprise Management, will become the first Chief Data Officer and will run the newly created OEDA.

OIG Report Highlights Health IT Challenges
Report pointed to health IT issues like the EHR Incentive Program and interoperability as being among their top challenges.


Truman Medical Centers Selected as 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient
A multifaceted, not-for-profit health system, Truman Medical Centers (TMC) consists of two academic acute care facilities with 600 total beds, more than 50 outpatient clinics, a behavioral health program, the Jackson County health department and a long-term care facility.

HIMSS Engaged

IHE North American Connectathon 2015 Focuses on Innovation and Interoperability
Focused on the secure and seamless exchange of patient health data across information technology systems , more than 100 health IT organizations will gather in Cleveland, Ohio on Jan. 26-30, 2015 at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North American (NA) Connectathon 2015 to test the interoperability of their systems.

CMS Provides Summary of Care Meaningful Use Requirements in Stage 2
The Summary of Care menu objective in Meaningful Use Stage 1 is now a core objective in Stage 2.  CMS has provided guidance on meeting this core objective in Stage 2 as part of an updated FAQ.

Are Providers Forced to Think Like a Health Plan?
Healthcare reform is forcing a dramatic shift in focus from volume-of-services to value-of-services delivered.

Effectiveness of Emerging Private Sector Price Transparency Models in 2015 – Part 1 of 2
Price transparency is taking shape as it migrates from birth in 2011 to early market creation stage in 2015.


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HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

Becoming Accountable: Achieving success in population health management| Central and North Florida HIMSS Chapter
November 24, 2014

Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice, Second Edition
November 24, 2014

HIMSS15 VCS Chapter Sponsored Travel Honorariums | Application
December 01, 2014

Technology Immersion: Enabling Better Care Team Collaboration and Communication
December 01, 2014

ACHE & HIMSS Webinar: Harnessing “Big Data” to Improve Performance and Outcomes
December 02, 2014

Fueled by Healthcare IT Start-up Funding, a Digital Disruption is Knocking
December 02, 2014

Eastern NC MU – Summary for Transition of Care Workshop | North Carolina HIMSS Chapter
December 03, 2014

Transforming Healthcare Through Predictive Analytics at Carolinas HealthCare System
December 03, 2014

2014 Gulf Coast Conference
December 04, 2014

Marshfield Networking Event | Wisconsin Dairyland HIMSS Chapter
December 04, 2014

HX360™ Call for Presentations
December 08, 2014


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