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July 17, 2017

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Hello, {{lead.First Name:default=Subscriber}}, 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.


House Passes FDA User Fee Reauthorization Bill
The bill reauthorizes the FDA's ability to collect user fees for the review of prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biological products through 2022

HIMSS Issues Call to Action In Support of CONNECT for Health Act of 2017
Please “take action” by visiting the HIMSS Legislative Action Center today to send a letter to your Senators and Representatives asking them to cosponsor this important bipartisan legislation and help to ensure these critical reforms are enacted into law.


CMS releases proposed rules on Outpatient and Physician Fee Schedule
Annual proposed rules to clarify Medicare reimbursement for Outpatient payments and the Physician Fee Schedule have been released with an intent of streamlining federal requirements with the Quality Payment Program

ONC Issues Report on Improving Access to Patient Requested Data
The report reviews the medical request process from both the patient and health system views and provides recommendations to improve the records request process to be more streamlined, transparent, and user-friendly.

HHS Announces Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, as CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator
Dr. Fitzgerald is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with over thirty years in practice.


Understanding Advocacy From a HIMSS Chapter Perspective
Presley Collins, HIMSS DFW Chapter President, explains advocacy.


Value Brief

In the latest issue of the STEPS To Value Podcast, “The Value of Speaking a Common Language,” Marion Ball, EdD, FLHIMSS, FCHIME, FAAN, FACMI, and recipient of the HIMSS’ 2016 Most Influential Woman in Health IT award,  discusses the common language needs of clinicians, patients and developers towards a better experience at the point of care.

Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how health IT brings value to organizations on the HIMSS Value Suite site

Patient Matching Data Matching and Demographic Data
HIMSS Innovator in Residence discusses current challenges in patient data matching on a national scale and cites ongoing efforts in its advancement.

What’s Next in Standards-Based Exchange of Electronic Health Data
Be sure to attend our webinar Tuesday July 18 to learn more about the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ at HIMSS18.

HIMSS Statement on the Passing of Neal Patterson
On behalf of HIMSS and our members, we are saddened to hear of Neal Patterson’s passing this weekend. Our condolences are with the Patterson and Cerner families.

TMC Earns HIMSS Analytics EMRAM and O-EMRAM Stage 7 Revalidation Award
HIMSS Analytics recognizes Truman Medical Centers (TMC) for their successful revalidation as a Stage 7 hospital. 

Nominations Open: HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards

We're now accepting nominations for the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards through August 28, 2017


Healthcare Security Forum. September 11 - 13. Boston, MA. Register today!


CPHIMS Body of Knowledge - An Overview of the Implementation Development Life Cycle, Part 2 - July 2017
July 18

Lessons Learned in Developing a Successful Patient Engagement Program
July 18

Quarterly Summer 2017 Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable
July 19

CPHIMS Body of Knowledge - Systems and Administration, Part 3 – July 2017
July 20

HIMSS Learning Center. The Precision Medicine Channel. Customized solutions for a new era of healthcare. Sponsored by Intel. Register now >>

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