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December 12, 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.

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Congress Moves on Federal Appropriations Bill
The FY15 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes funding for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills (Agriculture; Commerce/Justice/Science; Defense; Energy and Water; Financial Services; Interior and Environment; Labor/Health and Human Services/Education; Legislative Branch; Military Construction/Veterans Affairs; State/Foreign Operations; and Transportation/Housing and Urban Development) through September 30, 2015. 

Congress Demands ONC Take Action on Electronic Health Records and Interoperability
The fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill report  includes the language “instructed ONC to decertify EHRs products that proactively block the sharing of information.”

House of Representatives Leaders Issue Statement on ICD-10
December 10, 2014, the chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Rules Committee issued the following assertive joint statement on the nationwide implementation deadline for ICD-10.


ONC Releases Draft Federal Health IT Strategic Plan
On Monday, December 8, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 in draft form.

Health IT Policy Committee Hears Reports on EHR Attestations and Interoperability Recommendations
Including reports from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the 2014 EHR Incentive Program attestation numbers and draft recommendations from the Interoperability Workgroup on what it would like to put forward for inclusion in the Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0,

Interested in Contributing to HIMSS’ Public Comment Response Letters?
Those HIMSS members interested in contributing on the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization Proposed Regulation and the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan responses should contact Jeff Coughlin, HIMSS Senior Director of Federal & State Affairs.


Lakeland HealthCare Selected as 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient
Lakeland HealthCare is a not-for-profit, community-owned system of care serving a tri-county region in southwest Michigan. Lakeland HealthCare has three hospitals, approximately 30 ambulatory clinics, and in addition, includes long-term care, home care and hospice services. Lakeland has 443 licensed beds and more than 4,200 employees making it the largest employer in Berrien County.

University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Selected as 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and regional referral center, is committed to providing patient-focused care in an environment devoted to innovative care, excellent service, and exceptional outcomes.

HIMSS Engaged

ABSTRACT CALL: JHIM Spring 2015—Impact of Business & Clinical Analytics
Health IT publication call for abstracts

Call for Action on 2015 Meaningful Use
HIMSS Members, this is to request your engagement on the 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period issue.

CMS Extends EHR Attestation Deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Hospitals to December 31, 2014
A press release from the Centers of Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) states that the agency is extending the deadline for eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year from 11:59 pm EST on November 30, 2014 to 11:59 pm EST on December 31, 2014.


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HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

Emerging Diseases: The Ebola Response
December 15, 2014

HX360™ Call for Presentations
December 15, 2014

Bridging the Care Gap by Utilizing Patient-Generated Health Data
December 16, 2014

CPHIMS On-Line Review Course Part 3
December 16, 2014

Outstanding Experience Earns User Adoption and Analytics
December 16, 2014

At the Crossroads of Patient Care: Health Information Exchange and Interoperability
December 17, 2014

Duke University Health System: Access Management Evolving to Meet Business Needs
December 18, 2014

Provider and Office Management Perspectives on Health IT Impacts on Workflow
December 18, 2014


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