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July 28, 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.


A Busy Week for Telehealth on Capitol Hill
You can continue this momentum by reaching out to your U.S. Senators and Representatives and urging them to co-sponsor the CONNECT for Health Act of 2017.


ONC Begins Discussion on Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement and Seeks Public Comment
The meeting featured presentations from eight trust frameworks.

Applications Open for the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee
Applicants can apply through the application database on the website.

FCC's Connect2Health Task Force to Convene Several Virtual Listening Sessions
Groups interested in participating in these sessions should contact Connect2Health by email at by July 28th.


Vermont Enacts Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill
The bill requires insurance companies to pay providers the same rates for telemedicine usage as an in-person visit.



HIMSS Names Harold “Hal” Wolf III as New President/Chief Executive Officer
HIMSS has announced the appointment of Harold “Hal” Wolf III as its new president and CEO, starting September 2017. 

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, and 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 18, 2017. For more information, visit our website.

Nominate Someone 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. Submit complete nominations (self-nominations or other) to Denise Ambrose by August 18, 2017. Please visit our website for complete information

Value Brief

Enriching Physician-Patient Relationships Through the Use of Data
In the latest STEPS To Value episode,  “The Value of Strengthening the Clinical Narrative,” host Rod Piechowski discusses the state of health information exchange and the impact that Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture, or C-CDA, has on the ability to more effectively connect clinicians with their patient’s clinical narratives with Dr. Bryn Lewis, Principal Consultant at WebQI and Lisa Nelson, Principal Consultant for Life Over Time Solutions, LLC. 

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

Register for the upcoming Health Story Project roundtable, “The storytelling Power of C-CDA,” which will take place on Monday, Aug. 7, at 12 p.m. ET.

Take Your Informatics Knowledge to the Next Level
Joyce Sensmeier discusses the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, and highlights the best articles to add to your summer reading list.

2017 Most Influential Women in HIT: My Journey in Healthcare Transformation
Christina Caraballo, recipient of the 2017 HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards, talks healthcare transformation and shares her success story in the second installment of our WHIT Blog Series.


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2017 WEDI Summer Forum
August 1-2

TIGER VLE Adoption Story: Mini-Byte Modules Directed at Informatics Competency Attainment in Nurse Educators
August 1

Aligning Your Health Care Organization for Long-term and Post-acute Care (LTPAC) Success
August 1

August 2017 Health Story Project Roundtable: The Storytelling Power of C-CDA
August 7

CAHIMS Online Review Course
August 8

HIMSS Veterans Career Services Webinar: The Transition into the Civilian Workforce
August 9

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