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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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Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Patient Access, Chairman Calls for Stage 3 Delay
The Committee has held a number of hearings in recent months focused on a range of health IT issues including interoperability, electronic health record (EHR) user experience, and information blocking.


President Obama Nominates Dr. Rob Califf for FDA Commissioner
Dr. Califf is currently Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco at FDA.

HHS Hosts Webinar on Increasing Consumer Use of Preventative Services Using eHealth Tools
The webinar was developed in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

ONC Announces New Website for Electronic Health Record Complaints
This new complaint tool will help ONC ensure that your complaint or concern finds its way to the appropriate person at ONC or elsewhere in the federal government.

Million Hearts CVD Model Application Deadline Extended
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the application deadline to October 8, 2015.


State Health Insurance Marketplaces: CMS Should Improve Oversight of State Information Technology
In a survey of 50 states and the District of Columbia, GAO looked at how states used federal funds for IT projects to support their marketplaces, the status of the marketplaces, and the roles of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and states in administering these projects.

New Connecticut Law Establishes Statewide HIE and Addresses Health Information Blocking
This law supports the establishment of a secure statewide health information exchange and addresses health information blocking that may limit provider and patient access to support care coordination.


Hilo Medical Center Selected as 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient
The Davies Awards program promotes electronic health record-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing of case studies and lessons learned...

Making a Difference in Health IT
Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS president and CEO, received the Stephen B. Sharppio Award for Chief Executive Achievement from the Assocation Forum of Chicagoland in June...

HIMSS North American EVP Honored for Influence and Expertise in Health IT
Carla Smith named as one of 10 most influential women in health IT...

ICD-10 and Outpatient Operational Considerations
The effects of ICD-10 implementation are broad and deep. Getting ICD-10 right at the beginning of the revenue cycle will make the entire process less daunting...


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