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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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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies
The decision by the court avoids what would have been a contentious debate between Congress and the White House on how to fix the overhaul of the new health insurance exchange system. 

HIMSS Submits Comments to Senate Finance Committee on Improving Chronic Care
The working group, comprised of members of the full Finance Committee, was tasked with analyzing current law, discussing alternative policy options and developing bipartisan legislative solutions to increase care coordination, incentivize appropriate levels of care, improve outcomes and reduce spending for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions.

HIMSS Joins Coalition Letter to Senate Finance Committee on Telehealth
The group encouraged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use its authority to expand reimbursement for telehealth services. 

Senate Finance Committee Passes Electronic Health Fairness Act
The bill was authored by Republican Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Senator Michael Bennett (D-CO) and would remove services performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASC)  from being counted toward the 50 percent patient encounters eligibility threshold for eligible professionals until the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) develops certified EHR technology (CEHRT) applicable to ASCs.

HIMSS Co-Signs letter Opposing Elimination of AHRQ Funding
AHRQ provides essential sources of data that support efforts to improve quality and reduce cost in the nation’s health care system. 


Key Findings from the ONC report on Six-State Review on Provider Experiences with HIE
The study a variety of input from providers, as well as the vendors that work closely with them, in order to gauge the provider perspective on State HIE programs and electronic exchange in general.

Health IT Standards Committee Says Goodbye to Departing Members, Discusses Workgroup Recommendations
The committee heard from Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator and Jon White, M.D., Acting Deputy National Coordinator, who recognized the 10 members completing their term with HITSC this month including Dixie Baker, Anne Castro, Jeremy Delinsky, John Derr, C. Martin Harris, Stanley Huff, Liz Johnson, David McCallie, Jr., Jonathan Perlin, and Sharon Terry.

Susannah Fox: The Power of Connection Blog
Through technology information and tools are easily accessible to all parts of HHS networks which include colleagues in the federal workforce and citizens.


Market View of the Usage, Value and Future of Direct Messaging
The FY15 HIMSS Interoperability and HIE Committees conducted a nationwide survey on Direct messaging to learn how the marketplace is using Direct to facilitate health information exchange (HIE).

AHRQ Findings Show Increase in Use and Interest in Electronic Exchange and Access
This report summarizes quality measures in relation to care coordination in an effort to provide a more complete picture on the disparities and trends as they relate to the coordination of care.

ASPR Launches TRACIE on June 15 for Healthcare Emergency Preparedness
ASPR TRACIE aims to fill the gaps in healthcare preparedness capabilities by providing a portal to share best practices and resources in the event of a healthcare emergency.


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