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August 11, 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.

Share Your Voice on Immunization-related Software Capabilities in EHRs

Share your perspective on including immunization-ready applications in electronic health records or health IT systems by answering this four-question survey from the Immunization Integration Program (IIP).

As background, under a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), CNIADV - in collaboration with HIMSS - is advancing the integration of immunization capabilities with EHRs, by identifying and gaining input on such capabilities and advancing a software product recognition program.


The U.S. House and Senate are both in recess for the remainder of August. Stay tuned for legislative updates when Members of Congress return to DC after Labor Day!

Save the Date for NHIT Week Awards & Partners Reception, Wednesday, October 4
Join HIMSS and other dedicated thought leaders and policy professionals as we acknowledge the importance of working together to advance health through the use of IT.


CMS Provides Hospitals with Flexibility on Use of 2015 Edition CEHRT in 2018
HIMSS submitted its summary on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Rule for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System.

White House Opioid Commission Releases Report with Draft Recommendations
The report outlines a number of recommendations to include utilization of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) technology.

HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report for July 2017
Highlights from this report include the following Petya/NotPetya/Expetr wiper, WannaCry ransomworm, .LNK malware, mouse hover malware, Stack Clash Unix vulnerability, and zero day (0 day) advisories.

A Framework for Measuring Digital Health Interoperability
Working in concert with the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange (I&HIE) Committee, the HIMSS Standards Advisory Task Force, which is comprised of specialized multi-stakeholder industry experts, reviewed and commented on the proposed framework.


New Jersey Telemedicine Regulations Enacted into Law
The new law will establish telemedicine practice standards, telehealth coverage requirements for New Jersey Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, commercial health plans, and other State-funded health insurance.



An Interview with HIMSS EVP Carla Smith: Balancing the Human Dynamic with Digital Technologies
Read chapter one of this two-part series
to learn about innovation, cybersecurity and interoperability initiatives at HIMSS.

ARcare’s Transformation by Digital Health Adoption
HIMSS Analytics recognizes ARcare for revalidation of their status as a Stage 7 hospital as tracked by the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) SM

2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey Indicates Promising Trend Toward Cybersecurity Preparedness
Healthcare organizations are taking steps to enhance their cybersecurity programs to a greater degree than anticipated, according to the newly released 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey.

How and Why to Share Your #IHeartHIT Story
#IHeartHIT is a year-long storytelling initiative that aims to shed light on the opportunities and impact health information technology can have on improving health and how care is delivered.

Value Brief

Explore Findings of the HIMSS 2017 Cybersecurity Survey Results

Join Rod Piechowski, senior director, health information systems, and Lorren Pettit, vice president, health information systems, On Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET for a webinar during which they will discuss the findings of the HIMSS 2017 Cybersecurity Survey. The study examined how healthcare is managing the current cybersecurity environment, current trends around management, frameworks and other tools used to protect an organization today. Register for the webinar.

Visit the newly updated HIMSS Value Suite site to learn more about how security plays a vital role in patient care and safety. 

Visit the HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub to learn about the latest security issues, available solutions and ways to apply a variety of technologies to ensure the safe and secure flow of health information.

Student Scholars: Apply Now for HIMSS Scholarships
We are now accepting scholarship applications for student members who have achieved academic excellence and exhibit potential as future leaders in health IT. HIMSS Scholarship applications close on September 25. Get more information.

HIMSS Health IT Awards: Make a Nomination Today
HIMSS seeks to honor and recognize those who have contributed to the advancement, innovation and transformation of health and healthcare IT. Nominations for HIMSS Health IT Awards close between August 28 and September 18. Learn more about the awards.

New Leadership Takes Office for HIMSS North America Board
The new HIMSS North America Board began its year on July 1.


Find your dream job in the health IT field. Wednesday October 18, 2017.


CAHIMS Online Review Course- 4-Part Series
August 15

HIMSS 2017 Cybersecurity Survey Results: Have We Made Progress?
August 16

CAHIMS Online Review Course- 4-Part Series
August 17

Maximizing Minority Voices of Women in Health IT
August 22

2nd Annual Summer Social | Arizona Chapter of HIMSS
August 25

Digital Solutions to Fight Medication Non-adherence: electronic formulary, real-time benefit check and electronic prior authorization
August 31

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