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August 7, 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.

HITPU is on recess and will return after Labor Day (unless there is breaking news).


Congress Adjourns for Recess, Leaving Many Issues Unresolved
When both the House and Senate return after Labor Day, their immediate focus will be the Iran sanctions agreement leaving few, if any, days to pass legislation to fund the federal government for the next fiscal year.

Senate Passes Electronic Health Fairness Act
On Wednesday August 5th, prior to adjourning for the August recess, the Senate passed S.1347 - the Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015, by a unanimous consent vote.

Shape the Future of Health IT at the 2015 HIMSS Policy Summit
Not since passage of the HITECH Act in 2009 has there been more focus by Congress on Health IT.

Dr. DeSalvo’s Nomination Approved by Senate HELP Committee
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee gave unanimous consent for Dr. Karen DeSalvo's nomination for the position of Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be considered by the full Senate.  


CMS Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Final Inpatient and Long-term Care Hospital Policy and Payment Changes
The rule will be officially published in the Federal Register by CMS on August 17, 2015. Comments on this rule are due September 29, 2015 and the rule is effective October 1, 2015.   

HIMSS Joins Stakeholder Group Letter to HHS on MU Modifications Rule
The letter thanks the Department for its willingness to offer useful changes to the EHR Incentive Program for this year and for 2016-2017. 

CMS Revises ICD-10 Fact Sheet
The revisions are meant to provide more robust explanations for the ICD-10 reporting and auditing requirements, effective October 1st.

HIMSS Analytics Awards the NIH Clinical Center with Stage 7 Award
The NIH Clinical Center, the clinical research hospital for the National Institutes of Health, is the first federal hospital to achieve Stage 7. 

HIMSS Engaged

Building on Success of mHealth Summit, HIMSS Introduces Connected Health Event
Scheduled for Nov. 8-11 at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC, HIMSS introduces the Connected Health Conference with three events: industry-leading mhealth Summit, Cyber Security Summit and Population Health Summit.  For more information, click here.

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: From Transplant Surgeon to Informaticist
Years ago I started out as a transplant surgeon. Transplantation is one of the most regulated fields of medicine. Patient and graft survival data are publicly available and categorized by region and institution....

An Interoperability Use Case Repository and Narrative
The HIMSS Interoperability Maturity Model Task Force is pleased to announce a new web-based use case repository which also includes a narrative entitled, An Interoperability Use Case Narrative....


Information governance and management strategy. Don’t let your data manage you.

HIMSS Events

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

eHI's Innovation Forum
August 12, 2015

Clinical Informatics – the New Norm in Medicine?
August 13, 2015

EMR Adoption Trends & Glimmers
August 18, 2015

Ensuring Efficiencies at the Bedside and Beyond: The Benefits of Technology
August 18, 2015

Enabling Digital Engagement: Best Practices For Creating Digital Consumer Engagement in a Changing Health Industry
August 19, 2015


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