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May 5, 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.


CONNECT for Health Act of 2017 Introduced in Senate with HIMSS Support
The CONNECT for Health Act of 2017 would modernize healthcare delivery for Medicare beneficiaries by removing barriers to the use of telehealth and other healthcare technologies, including remote patient monitoring (RPM).

Appropriations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on VA Oversight, IT Modernization
The VA is currently evaluating two paths for VistA - replacing VistA with a commercially available EHR or finding a company to take over and support VistA modernization.


CMS Opens Application Period for 2018 Year Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs
As of January 1, 2017, there were 480 ACOs participating in the program serving over 9 million Medicare beneficiaries in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

National Patient Data Matching Strategy: Launch of the Algorithm Challenge
HIMSS has worked very closely with our friends across the healthcare community to understand the barriers to the accurate, efficient matching of patients to their health information.

National Academies Hosting June 6-7 Workshop on Electronic Data Capabilities in Medical Countermeasure Use
Through a series of interactive sessions, workshop panelists and participants will discuss the advantages and challenges in building and maintaining a national medical countermeasure monitoring and assessment capability for public health emergencies.


New Report Highlights State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies
This report serves as a real resource for the community on how each state defines, governs, and regulates technology-enabled health care, noting policy trends across eleven key categories.


HIMSS Statement on Introduction of the CONNECT for Health Act of 2017
Focused on improving health with the best use of information technology, HIMSS supports this bipartisan legislation that includes removal of barriers to use of innovative healthcare technologies

The Artists of Healthcare
There is a somewhat trite saying that medicine is both an art and a science. Beyond the verbiage, what does that mean? As a physician, I have thought about this statement for some time and have come to my own perception of what the art and science of medicine means

HIMSS Celebrates World Password Day 2017 #PasswordDay
HIMSS is a champion of World Password Day 2017. World Password Day is an annual awareness initiative celebrated on the first Thursday of each May.

STEPS to Value Episode #36: Driving Health IT Value Across the Globe
In this episode, we will talk to one of 2016's Most Influential Woman in Health IT, Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA.  Rachelle discusses the value of engagement with the complexities of this glorious system we call life, and of the systems we have built to sustain it.

Listen to STEPS to Value Episode #36: Driving Health IT Value Across the Globe

Code Red Podcast Episode #9: Strengthening Your Organization's Cybersecurity Culture
In this episode of Code Red, we talk to Defense Health Agency (DHA) Cyber Security Policy Branch Chief and HIMSS17 speaker Servio Medina, CISSP about what we can all do to effectively create a company-wide culture focused on cybersecurity. 

Code Red™ focuses on cybersecurity challenges facing health care today & tomorrow, featuring the voices of the people on the front lines. The goal of the podcast is to explore the interplay between the people, processes & technologies that make up an organization's cybersecurity posture from both a leadership & skills-based perspective.  

Listen to previous episodes of Code Red™


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NCPDP 2017 Annual Technology & Business Conference
May 8-10

National Nurses Week 2017- Webinar Series- Nursing Informatics 101: Encompassing the Value of Nursing Informatics through the Past, Present, and Future
May 9

Nursing Informatics 101: Encompassing the Value of Nursing Informatics through the Past, Present, and Future
May 9

HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable - Care Coordination and Connected Health: An Overview of Wearables for Advanced Senior Care
May 9

2017 Annual Conference | Oregon Chapter of HIMSS
May 10

ANA Webinar: A Nurse's Guide to Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout
May 10

May 2017 HIMSS CMIO Roundtable - CMIO Solution Session: Prioritizing Clinical Engagement
May 10

2017 Spring Conference | New England Chapter of HIMSS
May 11

Privacy & Security Forum
May 11-12

Privacy and Security Forum 2017 San Francisco: Privacy and Security Forum | May 11 -12 | San Francisco | Register Today!

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