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January 23, 2015

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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.

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Health Subcommittee Holds Two Day Hearing on Permanent SGR Solution
On Wednesday, January 21st, The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health began two days of hearings seeking a permanent solution to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate meant to control for Medical physician inflation. 

Senate Bill Would Repeal Medical Device Tax
Senators from both sides of the aisle, led by Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, have introduced legislation to repeal the medical device tax authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2010 (ACA) Signed March 23, 2010 (PL 111-148, PL 111-152). 


President Obama’s State of the Union Emphasizes Economic Recovery, Stays Course on Healthcare
President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20, confronted with new Republican majorities in Congress.  The address centered on his economic policy proposals, known as “middle–class economics”, which were repeatedly touted.

ONC Announces First Chief Health Information Officer
On January 21st, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, announced Michael James McCoy, MD, as the Office of the National Coordinator’s Chief Health Information Officer, a newly created position, effective January 26, 2015.

FDA Issues Two New Guidance Documents
On Tuesday, January 20, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance documents on general wellness products and medical device accessories.  FDA guidance documents only convey the agency’s current thinking on a particular topic and should really only be viewed as recommendations.  


Maryland Hosts Legislators During Cocktail Hour
The Maryland HIMSS Chapter held a Cocktail Hour on January 14, opening day for the state legislature, at Harry Browne’s in Annapolis for the Maryland House Health & Government Operations Committee members.

HIMSS Engaged

PGHD Industry Briefing Now Available
Patients are at the center of healthcare, yet healthcare reform initiatives through federal and state programs are largely directed at providers and payers.

A Provider ICD-10 Implementation Success Story
Advance Medical of Naples, LLC is an extraordinary ICD-10 success story. Lori Ann Martell, Practice Administrator, provided a glimpse into the efforts of integration of ICD-10, challenges that turned into opportunities and the preparation that went into the implementation efforts for the new improved code sets.

Call for Committee Volunteers
One of the things many of us not in retail appreciate most about the holiday season is the opportunity it provides us to step away from our busy professional lives, if only for a few days, and think about something other than work.

Effectiveness of Emerging Private Sector Price Transparency Models in 2015: Part 2 of 2
Part 1 of this 2 part series on emerging markets for billing and price transparency delved into some of the sizing opportunities and challenges facing both the public and private sectors. In Part 2 Amith goes into greater detail about the four most influential pricing models in the market today.

HIMSS15 Holiday Giveaway Winners Announced
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Healthcare Banking in a Reform-Driven Healthcare World
The US healthcare industry is going through unprecedented change since the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2008.

Zombies, Earthquakes, and What Bruce Willis Can Teach Us About ICD-10
Disaster movies have long been a popular genre—and whether it’s an earthquake, a city-sized asteroid, or reanimated corpses lurching around in an unceasing search for delicious brains, the crux of the plot is that we, humanity, somehow weren’t ready.

mHealth Summit Provides Insights on Struggles and Opportunities in Mobile Health
For all the discussion mobile health gets in the media, at major events, in vendor announcements and in numbers thrown around by analysts, mHealth is still a marketplace in its infancy.


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HIMSS Events

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IHE North American Connectathon
January 26, 2015

International Informatics: Opportunities and Challenges - A UK Nursing Perspective
January 26, 2015

LCCA BI Rankings - How Life Care Identifies Operational Priorities Through its Microsoft Business Intelligence Solution
January 27, 2015

eHealth Initiative Annual Conference 2015
February 3, 2015

Building quality into the medical device ecosystem: Opportunities and Insights: A HIMSS Virtual Webinar
February 4, 2015

Register for the “Telehealth and Remote Monitoring Showcase and Reception”
February 4, 2015


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