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July 31, 2015

Membership | HIMSS Public Policy

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.


Have Your Voice Heard with Elected Officials
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Representative Ellmers Introduces New Meaningful Use Reform Bill
New bill proposes to improve the electronic health records Meaningful Use program.

HITPU will be going on summer vacation
Next week will be our last issue until Labor Day, unless there is breaking news!


DoD Awards EHR Contract to Leidos, Cerner, and Accenture Team
The contract is for $4.3 billion and will cover more than 9.5 million DoD beneficiaries and the more than 205,000 care providers that support them.

CMS Releases FAQs on ICD-10 Flexibilities
As the provider community prepares for the transition to ICD-10, CMS offers flexibility on quality reporting and claims auditing for requirements.

ONC announces $38 million in Health IT Grants
Grants will help create an interoperable learning health system that will deliver better care, smarter spending and healthier people.

HIMSS Engaged

Board of Directors
Nominations Now Open for HIMSS North America Board of Directors
HIMSS seeks health IT and healthcare policy leaders with a demonstrated ability and aptitude for strategic thinking and experience in governance to serve in open positions on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors. Please visit our website for complete information. Submit complete nominations (self-nominations or other) to Denise Ambrose by August 21, 2015.

Nominating Committee
Nominations Now Open for HIMSS Nominating Committee
HIMSS seeks health IT and healthcare policy leaders to serve in open positions on the HIMSS Nominating Committee. Candidates must be Regular or Life Members or the senior executive representative of a Corporate/Non-Profit Partner Member firm. Candidates must have achieved advanced membership status (Senior Member or Fellow) prior to being slated. Submit complete nominations (self-nominations or other) to Denise Ambrose by August 21, 2015. For more information, visit our website.


Usability Profile: An Oncologists Pathway to Medical Informatics
A practicing medical oncologist and computer enthusiast for over 30 years, I was initially excited about the potential for health information technology (health IT) to improve healthcare quality, until the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) at my organization in 2006. I quickly realized that current generation EHR software was not properly designed or optimized to support clinical workflow....

Medical Informatics Career Profile: Joumana Antoun, MD
I have always had an interest in programming and numbers. Back in high school, I used to develop programs to help my fellow students learn and practice mathematics. Upon choosing my major for University, I had a dilemma between medical school and computer & communication engineering....

#mHealth15 Twitter Chat: Sustaining healthcare via connected devices, consumers and providers
Connection is one of the most basic human needs that governs our social and health-related behaviors - not to mention their relationships to each other....

HIMSS North America Board of Directors Focus on Interoperability’s Role and the Value of IT in Healthcare Transformation
New board members for HIMSS North America, with Dana Alexander as Chair and Fred Rachman as Vice Chair, took office on July 1...

Implementing analytics for bundled payments in academic medical centers: Perspectives on best practices from the AAMC
Participation in the CMMI Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative (BPCI) requires providers to accept single or bundled payments covering an episode of care....

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

HIMSS Events

30 Years in Healthcare - Here's What I Believe | Hawaii-Alaska Chapter of HIMSS
August 1, 2015

Enhanced Skillsets for Future Nursing Informatics Leaders (Joint Webinar led by AMIA NI WG & HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community)
August 3, 2015

Big Data, Big Insight: A Conversation with Healthcare Analytics Leaders: A HIMSS Virtual Briefing
August 5, 2015

Redefine Health Information Privacy and Security in the Era of Cloud Computing | A HIMSS Virtual Briefing
August 11, 2015

The High Alert Program - How Coordinated Care Plans for SPECIFIC ED Patients Can Benefit Patients, Providers and Hospitals | Austin Chapter of HIMSS
August 11, 2015


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