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September 11, 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.


Congress Returns to Address Looming Legislative Priorities
Full plate of legislative priorities makes for a very interesting September.

Have You Registered for Policy Summit?
Your voice needs to be heard on Capitol Hill.

HIMSS Submits Support Letters to Senate Finance Committee for HHS and CMS Nominees
On Thursday, HIMSS submitted letters of support to the Senate Finance Committee in response to the nomination of Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Andy Slavitt as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Share Your Story during NHIT Week
Share your 300 word blog or 60 second video to tell your story and impact change.


HIMSS Submits Comments to CMS on the CY16 Physician Fee Schedule
HIMSS appreciated the opportunity to leverage our members’ expertise in commenting on the NPRM and believes that the use of Health IT will be critical to a number of subjects discussed in the proposed rule.

Health IT Policy Committee Discusses CEHRT Data, Interoperability and Strategic Plan
On Wednesday, September 9, the Health IT Policy Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), convened for a virtual meeting.

HIMSS Submits Comments on CMS Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model
HIMSS voiced support for CMS’s discussion on needed changes to the Bundled Payment Program for Comprehensive Joint Replacement.

CMS Marks Medicare and Medicaid 50th Anniversary at Event Focused on Health Equity
On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a conference focused on Medicare & Medicaid at 50 and The Heckler Report at 30: Their Past, Present and Future Impact on Health Equity.

ARHQ to Fund Health IT Research to Boost Patient Safety
The purpose for funding will be used for investigative research projects.

ONC names Rebecca Freeman as New Chief Nursing Officer
Freeman will spearhead nursing outreach in ONC’s Office of Clinical Quality and Safety to include development of initiatives focused on health IT enabled nursing practice and research.


Virginia Governor Signs Executive Directive to Expand Cyber-Related Risk Management Activities
The Directive requires the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to provide an updated inventory of all data and computer systems while recommending strategies to strengthen and modernize agencies’ cyber security profiles. 


Usability Profile: A Vendor's Start in Informatics
You might say it started when my office bought its first thermal paper fax machine. In my early practice days we had two offices and we invested in the fax machine so we could fax records between offices…

Speakers from FBI, FDA and HHS to Share Insights on Combatting Growing Threat of Cyber Attacks at HIMSS Cyber Security Summit
Government, provider organizations and private sector security experts take the stage Nov. 8-11 to educate industry on preparing for and tackling cyber security threats…

Providers Share How to Replace Volume with Value at HIMSS Population Health Summit
The inaugural HIMSS Population Health Summit offers 12 different educational sessions with speakers from Geisinger Health System, George Washington University Hospital, Montefiore, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and more…

Three #IHeartHIT Stories to Inspire Your Own for National Health IT Week
Share the impact health information technology has made in your life as a person, patient, provider, caregiver, policymaker, organization and/or professional…

Why is Big Data Important to Nurses Part II
Nurses can have a positive influence on the advancement of quality improvements in healthcare. By engaging with professional organizations and industry workgroups and providing feedback to government agencies involved in eCQMs, we can collectively help create a learning health system that delivers value through safe, reliable and quality healthcare…


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National Health IT Week
Oct 5-9, 2015

HIMSS Federal Health IT Buisiness Development Workshop
Oct.6, 2015

HIMSS Policy Summit
Oct. 7-8, 2015

HIMSS Events

IHE NA Connectathon 2016: Registration Kickoff
September 14, 2015

The Internet of Things in Healthcare: Improving Medical Care
September 14, 2015

CPHIMS On-Line Review Course Part 3
September 15, 2015

Going Mobile and Getting Smart: Access Patient Information Securely with Trusted Identities: A HIMSS Virtual Briefing
September 16, 2015

Mayo Clinic: Delivery Science Summit 2015
September 16, 2015

Milwaukee Regional Networking Event | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS
September 16, 2015

2015 Clinical Informatics Boot Camp | Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS
September 17, 2015


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