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May 15, 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.


House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Advances 21st Century Cures Initiative
The measure advanced through the subcommittee by a unanimous voice vote and is expected to be taken up by the full Energy and Commerce Committee as early as next week. 

The Cybersecurity State of Play: Legislative Update
As a result of numerous high profile public and private sector data breaches, cybersecurity has become a hot topic of discussion on Capitol Hill. 


Health IT Policy Committee Welcomes New Members, Discusses NPRMs
On Tuesday, April 12, the Health IT Policy Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), convened for a face to face meeting in Washington, D.C. 

2016 EHR Hardship Exception Application Available
Payment adjustments for eligible professionals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016.

U.S. Senators Sign a Bipartisan Calling on Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to Modernize Broadband Delivery for Rural Areas in the U.S.
Under the current rules, the Universal Service Fund (USF) can only provide support for broadband when customers also sign up for traditional landline phone service.

HIMSS Engaged

HIMSS Recruiting Members for New Technology Task Force
HIMSS is actively recruiting decision makers from HIT operational areas of payer, provider, and HIT vendor organizations to participate in this important group.


AHRQ Report Reviews Functions Needed in Pediatric Electronic Health Rec
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.

Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation (AWARE) System: Growing Under the Sun
In order for disruptive innovation to be successful, a great deal of time needs to be invested in design during pre-production phase, followed by skillful delivery of the product to the end-user.

Dental Informatics Insights
Technology has increasingly played a major role in making dental care safer and comfortable for the patient.

Failures as Opportunities
In healthcare, business is never routine. We are dealing with people’s health and lives day in and day out.


Behind the scenes of effective cost improvement program.


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 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition
May 18, 2015

5th Annual Golf Tournament | Maryland Chapter of HIMSS
May 18, 2015

Cybersecurity & HIT Initiatives | Indiana Chapter of HIMSS
May 19, 2015

How to Build a Business Case for Clinical Predictive Analytics
May 19, 2015

Use of Patient Portals in ACO and Population Health Management
May 19, 2015

2015 Annual Conference | Arkansas Chapter of HIMSS
May 20, 2015

Healthcare 2020: The Technology Vision | Central Pennsylvania & Western Pennsylvania Chapters of HIMSS
May 20, 2015

Riding the Wave of Cloud Computing in Healthcare: A HIMSS Virtual Briefing
May 20, 2015

The Software-Defined Data Center: Improve Data Center Outcomes
May 20, 2015

Fusion of Administrative, Program, and Clinical Data - The Future of Health Care | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS
May 21, 2015

HIMSS15 Reflections
May 21, 2015

“Toward Seamlessly Available Interoperable Healthcare Records: How Do We Get There?”
May 22, 2015


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