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October 2, 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.


Senate HELP Committee Hearing Features ONC, CMS Officials
The hearing featured Department of Health and Human Services officials Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for Health IT and Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator at CMS.

Policy Summit: Will Your Voice Be Heard?
Will we see you in DC? Check out the exciting agenda here!


ONC Holds Fifth Annual Consumer Health IT Summit
The Summit featured several plenary sessions focused on how patient and consumer engagement is being enabled and advances that are taking place in the field. 

CMS Issues RFI for MACRA
Implementation of the MACRA is a major opportunity to put a broad range of health care providers on the path to value through the new MIPS and incentive payments for participation in certain APMs.

ASPE Seeking Stakeholder Input on eCQM Feasibility
Mathematica is recruiting stakeholders to provide input regarding the technical feasibility of these eCQMs in a semi-structured interview.

CMS Unveils Enhanced Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Model
The Part D Enhanced MTM Model will test changes to the Part D Program and determine if additional payment incentives and regulatory flexibilities provided to Part D Plan sponsors lead to enhancements and innovations to the MTM program that will better achieve the goals of MTM.


HHS awards $685 Million to Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative for National and Regional Healthcare Networks and Supporting Organizations
The award is part of The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative which was launched last fall, which will support 150,000 clinician practices over the next four years.

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HIMSS Launches Interactive Step-by-Step Guide to Assist Transitions to ICD-10
HIMSS releases an interactive, step-by-step tool to assist with the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10....

HIMSS Analytics Honors Yale-New Haven Hospital with Stage 7 Award
The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR...

Usability Profile: Physician-led Health Information Technology
My first brush with computers came during an undergraduate project that required calculation of bond energies and angles for organic compounds....

Taking Action to Share 2015 HIMSS Congressional Asks- #NHITweek
Interoperability, Cybersecurity, Telehealth - Important and actionable words to the more than 60,000 voices of HIMSS....

HIMSS Analytics Honors Reading Health System with Stage 7 Award
The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR...

Technology - Re-Imagining the Healthcare Experience
It is time that we demand a better experience for managing our healthcare. Health IT is poised to do just that, because the technology is finally good enough to deliver the experience we have been waiting for....

PGHD Industry Briefing Now Available
Patients are at the center of healthcare, yet healthcare reform initiatives through federal and state programs are largely directed at providers and payers....


Connected Health Conference. 3 summits at one time, in one place! November 8 - 11. Washington DC

HIMSS Events

2015 Fall Meeting | Idaho Chapter of HIMSS
October 4, 2015

National Health IT Week 2015
October 5, 2015

CAHIMS Online Review Course
October 6, 2015

Cloudy with a Chance of Rain: The Future of Healthcare Analytics: A HIMSS Webinar
October 7, 2015

HIMSS Policy Summit
October 7-8 , 2015

CAHIMS On-Line Review Course Part 2
October 8, 2015

ICD-10...Oh Yes, They Did!
October 8, 2015

New Hampshire/Vermont Annual Fall Event | New England Chapter of HIMSS
October 9, 2015


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