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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.


House Bill Introduced to Stop Implementation of ICD-10
H.R. 2126 currently has six co-sponsors and has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees.  Rep. Poe introduced similar legislation to prohibit ICD-10 in 2013.

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies Hearing on Rural Health
In their remarks and questions, Senate Republicans criticized the Obama Administration’s proposed budget for the Department of Health and Human Services for making cuts that they felt would have a disproportionately negative impact on rural healthcare access. 

Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Precision Medicine
The purpose of the hearing was to examine what efforts the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private industry are doing in area of precision medicine, how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hopes to regulate these innovations, how electronic health records will affect the ability to innovate, and what impact it will have on both the American patient and health care system. 


HIMSS Statement on Dr. Karen DeSalvo’s Nomination for Assistant Secretary for Health
HIMSS congratulates Dr. Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc on her nomination as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS Announces $101M in Funding for New Community Health Centers
The Health Centers will be located in 33 states, two U.S. territories, and are anticipated to provide health care services to approximately 650,000 patients in medically underserved populations.

Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group Host Public Workshops
There are two components to the PMI, one focused on expanding current efforts in cancer genomics and testing methods for prevention and treatment of cancers in a more precise way; this component will be managed by the National Cancer Institute.

AHRQ Report Reviews Functions Needed in Pediatric Electronic Health Records
The report scanned scientific literature and gathered expert consensus on EHRs used in the care of children. Child health care providers stated that they need access to EHRs with special features to assure the delivery of quality care to pediatric patients.

HIMSS Engaged

CMS Releases Updates to 2014 eCQMs for EHs and EPs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted the annual update for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals.

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.

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.


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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

2015 Golf Tournament | South Florida Chapter of HIMSS
May 11, 2015

Security Breaches Threaten Healthcare Every Day | New England Chapter of HIMSS
May 12, 2015

Nursing Informatics 101
May 12, 2015

Association Of peri Operative Registered Nurses (AORN) Nurse Executive Leadership Series
May 12, 2015

May 2015 Lunch & Learn | Austin Chapter of HIMSS
May 12, 2015

Using Data in Pursuit of the Continuum of Care | Colorado Chapter of HIMSS
May 13, 2015

Physician Led ACO’s – Opportunities & Challenges
May 13, 2015

It Is Happening: Making the Smooth Transition to ICD-10 - A HIMSS Virtual Event
May 13, 2015

Behind the Scenes of an Effective Cost Improvement Program
May 14, 2015

2015 Spring Networking Event | Michigan HIMSS Chapter
May 14, 2015

CPHIMS In-Person Review Course
May 15, 2015


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