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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.


Senate HELP Committee Announces EHR Working Group
The working group intends to focus on ways Congress and the Administration can assist providers in improving care quality; enhance interoperability between EHR vendors and health professionals; increase patient engagement through better access to information; utilize health IT to improve patient safety; and protect patient privacy and health information security

Senate HELP Committee Hearing
The focus of the hearing was to hear from leaders from both the National Institute of Health (NIH) as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on how to accelerate the amount of time it takes for medical innovations to go from “lab to cabinet.”

House E&C 21st Century Cures Hearing
On Thursday, April 30th The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on their 21st Century Cures initiative.

HIMSS Sr. Director of Congressional Affairs Retires
HIMSS Board members, members, and friends gathered last night to celebrate Rich Hodge, our Sr. Director of Congressional Affairs, who has retired from our Government Relations Team. 


HIMSS Submits Comments on ONC 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory
HIMSS welcomes the opportunity to leverage its members’ expertise in commenting on the Standards Advisory, and looks forward to continuing its dialogue with ONC on identifying, assessing, and determining the best available interoperability standards and implementation specifications.

ONC Issues Updated Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information
The Guide provides practical information on a variety of privacy and security issues and offers practical examples of the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules in order to help providers better understand how those rules apply to their practice.

CMS Webinars on Proposed Rules
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a couple of webinars on recently released EHR Incentive Programs’ proposed rules, and is looking for the public to join.

HIMSS Engaged

How ICD-10 amplifies ICD-9 problems
The accurate and complete assignment of diagnosis codes is contingent upon having good clinical information documented in the patients’ medical record.

ICD-10: View from a Coding Supervisor
I remember when I started coding in November 1985, one of the first things my supervisor told me was, Dont worry about memorizing codes; well be going to ICD-10 soon.

Panel Recap: Operationalizing ICD-10: It’s October 1, 2015… Now What?
A discussion on this topic was held on Wednesday at HIMSS15 by ICD-10 Task Force members Jon Melling, Betty Gomez, and myself.


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Institute for eHealth Policy Events

Coordination of Federal Agency Policy Efforts to Help Advance the Safe and Secure Implementation of Mobile Healthcare Technologies
Wednesday, May 20th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Interoperability Opportunities and Issues Among the Department of Defense, Veterans Health Administration, and Private Sector Health Systems: Transforming Care for Our Military, Their Families, and Veterans
Wednesday, June 3rd, 12:00-2:00 pm ET, Senate Visitors Center Room 203-02

Special Briefing for Capitol Hill and Association Interns and Fellows: “The HIT Landscape
Wednesday, June 17th, 12:00 -2:00 pm ET

HITECH Implementation Status Update: Meaningful Use Stages; Regional Extension Centers; Healthcare Information Exchanges and the Beacon Program
Wednesday, July 15th 12:00-2:00 pm ET

HIMSS Events

NCPDP’s Annual Technology & Business Conference
May 04, 2015

CAHIMS On-Line Review Course Part 1
May 05, 2015

2015 May Chapter Meeting | Iowa Chapter of HIMSS
May 05, 2015


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