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May 29, 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.


Senate Finance Committee Creates Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced on Friday, May 22nd the formation of a bipartisan working group tasked to begin exploring solutions that will improve outcomes for Medicare patients with chronic conditions, and tasked committee members Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) with leading the effort. 

Update on King vs. Burwell
With Congressional lawmakers out of town this week to observe the Memorial Day recess period, much attention turned to the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the King vs. Burwell case. 


HIMSS Submits Comments on CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3 NPRM
In a May 28th letter to Andrew Slavitt, the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HIMSS submitted its final comments in response to CMS’s Meaningful Use Stage 3 Notice for Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

HIMSS Asks for a Reduction in Program Complexity in Comments on 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria NPRM
In comments submitted to Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health IT, on the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology (Health IT) Certification Criteria Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  (NPRM), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) than ked the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for the opportunity to work with its diverse membership to develop a coherent response to the 2015 edition certification criteria.

Susannah Fox named HHS Chief Technology Officer
In advance of Health Datapalooza, the HHS CTO position goes to Innovator.

Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Proposed Rule Released
This is the first major update to rules governing Medicaid managed care in more than a decade.

AHRQ Heart Health Grants Help With EHR Use
The announcement is aligned with the Department’s Million Hearts ¬†national initiative to prevent heart attacks and stroke.


Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Chief Information Officer
On May 26, 2015 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Nelson Moe as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth of Virginia.


DHS Releases Report Tasking Coast Guard to take steps to Improving Health Data Privacy
DHSs findings during the evaluation found that USCG faces challenges in protecting privacy data effectively because it has not placed a priority on resolving privacy issues.

Health IT Role in Chronic Disease Control Report Released
The report describes examples of collaboration in which stakeholders share health care data to inform public health action.

Health IT Standards Committee Discusses 2015 Certification Criteria NPRM Comments
On Wednesday, May 20, the Health IT Standards 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.

HIMSS Statement on Receiving Recognition from Gold Star Wives
Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS North America, comments on HIMSS' nomination as an honoree for the 2015 Gold Star Wives Advocacy Awards.

21st Century Cures Package Passes Full Committee
On Thursday, May 21st the full House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously 51-0 to approve the committees 21st Century Cures legislation.


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Institute for eHealth Policy Events

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

Dammam CPHIMS Review Course
June 2, 2015

How the "Internet of (Healthcare) Things" Will Revolutionize Patient Care
June 2, 2015

Nursing Informatics: At the Forefront of Nursing | A HIMSS Virtual Briefing
June 3, 2015

Top 4 Considerations When Transitioning to the Cloud
June 3, 2015

2015 Annual Spring Leadership Conference | Wisconsin Chapter of HIMSS
June 3, 2015

2015 Annual Spring Leadership Conference | Wisconsin Chapter of HIMSS
June 4, 2015

Inventing Midcycle
June 4, 2015
Pharmacy, Leadership and the Optimization of Quality ePrescribing
June 4, 2015

The Meaningful Use Paradigm: Connecting Providers, Engaging Patients and Transforming Healthcare
June 4, 2015

Third Annual Patient Engagement Summit | Northern California Chapter of HIMSS
June 4, 2015

AAMI 2015 Conference & Expo
June 5, 2015

Nursing Informatics Institute
June 5, 2015

Spring Event & Annual Business Meeting | West Virginia Chapter of HIMSS
June 5, 2015


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