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July 17, 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.


HIMSS Co-Signs Letter to Senate Opposing AHRQ Funding Reduction
HIMSS joined 185 organizations in sending a letter to the Senate conveying serious concerns with the deep reduction in funding to the agency.

Cybersecurity Legislative Update
The recent cyberattack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has created additional urgency for lawmakers to pass legislation to combat cyber threats. 


CMS Issues Proposed Rule on CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule
Quality reporting is a key component of this rule, and CMS is also proposing some changes related to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. 

Commerce Department Releases Health IT Top Markets Report
For the first time ITA offered a report on Health IT which was designed to inform industry stakeholders of key trends, challenges, and opportunities in foreign markets for Health IT products and services. 

Long-Term Care Proposed Rules Push for Health IT
The 403-page proposed rule contains numerous proposals to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections, increase quality of care and introduce new safety measures.

New Funding Opportunity Announcements from AHRQ
The three Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) will be published in 2015 and continue to 2016.


Communication Age Disparities From Generation to Generation
I had one of those ah-ha moments on a plane the other day. I was traveling from my home in Nashville to speak on Patient Engagement at the HIMSS Wisconsin Dairyland meeting in Milwaukee. As there are few direct flights from Nashville to anywhere, I had a lay-over in Chicago before jumping on a quick flight to Milwaukee....

Contemporary Nutrition Practice
Nutrition often takes a back seat to time, logistics, budget and basic survival. But, like it or not, if nutrition is not factored into meal decisions, sooner or later people have to deal with the consequences....

Strategies for Success – Improving Patient Safety with Remote Patient Monitoring
In January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began offering reimbursement to providers who care for patients with co-morbidities. According to CMS, reimbursement is partially dependent on regular monitoring and care management outside a clinical setting....

Smart Phones: The New Clinical Interface
At a 2009 Texas Regional HIMSS event in a room filled with CIOs and IT Directors, a speaker boldly predicted that smartphones would become a clinical tool and that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) would be commonplace. The response from the audience was basically not in my organization, no way! Times have certainly changed....


Webinar: Advancing patient care. Secure, mobile data access at the point of care.

HIMSS Events

The Business of Healing: Microsoft Operations Solution for Hospitals, Clinics and Care Facilities
July 21, 2015

Advancing Patient Care: Secure, Mobile Data Access at the Point of Care
July 23, 2015

WEDI ICD-10 Forum
July 28, 2015

Medical Imaging Across the Enterprise
July 30, 2015

Population Health Management at Stony Brook Medicine
July 31, 2015


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