HIMSS Value Score. Start measuring and managing your value. Get your Value Score today >>
May 19, 2017

Membership | HIMSS Public Policy

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.


Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing and Markup of CHRONIC Care Act of 2017
The bill can now go before the full Senate for consideration.


HIMSS Resources Available to Respond to WannaCry Ransomware Attack
HIMSS staff has been in regular contact with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials to see how our organization could be a resource to the Department as it looked for ways to push out information to the healthcare community.

President Trump Issues Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure
Within the next 90 days, each agency is instructed to provide the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget a risk management report that describes the agency's action plan to implement the NIST Framework.

USDA Announces Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program
The grant funds may be used for several purposes.

FCC Seeking Comment on Expanding Telemedicine and Improving Broadband Infrastructure
In April, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), issued a notice seeking comment from stakeholders on possible steps that can expand telemedicine and improve broadband infrastructure for health care delivery.


Texas House Passes Bill for Direct to Consumer Telemedicine


STEPS to Value Episode #33: Is it Time for A Health Data Spring Cleaning?
In this episode, we will explore the impact the digitization of healthcare data has had on clinicians and the patients they care for with Patricia Sengstack, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Bon Secours Health System.  

Listen to STEPS to Value Episode #33: Is it Time for A Health Data Spring Cleaning?

Code Red Episode #8: Finding Strength from Vulnerabilities in the Networked Age
In today's episode, we will discuss how ARcare, a Davies award recipient and EMRAM Stage 7 non-profit that provides medical and dental care to residents in rural Arkansas responded to a recent cybersecurity breach with Greg Wolverton, CIO of ARcare and Chair of the HIMSS User Experience committee.  

Listen to Code Red Episode #8: Finding Strength from Vulnerabilities in the Networked Age

Breathe, Exhale Slowly and Revitalize during National Nurses Week
It's that time of year when we celebrate all nurses across the country.  This year has been designated as Year of the Healthy Nurse and launches the grand challenge to improve the health of the nation's 3.6 million registered nurses. 

STEPS to Value Episode #31: Leveraging Analytics to Solve Data Mysteries
In this episode of STEPS to Value, we will explore the impact of clinical and business intelligence in the delivery of care with Kyle Johnson, System Vice President & CIO at Eastern Maine HealthCare. 

The evolution of care management: From population to precision
Historically, care management services targeting improved population health have zeroed in on five core diseases: asthma, CAD, CHF, COPD, and diabetes. Under this model, interventions are delivered to patients who share a common condition, regardless of their true need for a given resource or service.

Payments: A Matter of Survival for the C-Suite, Part One
In this two-part series, the author examines trends and best practices, including examples in other industries, to help you achieve payment assurance for sustainability

The guiding principle that primes machine learning to reduce readmissions
Machine learning algorithms are leveraging historical relationships and trends in healthcare datasets to develop risk models that identify which patients are most vulnerable to readmission.

UPDATED: #WannaCry #WCry Ransomware: an International Cyber Threat
The WannaCry ransomware has the capability to spread from machine-to-machine on the same network and—potentially--across the Internet. Specifically, the WannaCry ransomware has a worm or worm-like component which is essentially a "spreader" that reportedly takes advantage of the SMB, NetBIOS, and RDP protocols.

Taking on the bundled payment care improvement program
Although there is some uncertainly in the healthcare legislation, bundled payments are already demonstrating costs savings with same or better outcomes.

Has the time come to replace prior authorization with price transparency and shared decision-making?
Prior authorization – it is a process that seems to have been the bane of a healthcare provider's existence since time immemorial.


HIMSS Membership: Don't keep a good thing to yourself. Regular individual members - you have a pending invitation >>


Women in Healthcare IT Event - Path to Success | Northern California Chapter
May 19 

9th Annual Clinical Informatics Summit | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
May 19

How Health IT is Driving Clinical Value in Precision Medicine Cancer Care
May 19

Patient Experience Summit
May 22-24

The Doctor is in: Building a Security Immune System for Healthcare
May 23

2017 Spring Social | Delaware Valley Chapter of HIMSS
May 23

2017 Annual Spring Conference | Minnesota Chapter of HIMSS
May 24

Innovative Health Analytics: Translating Global Data into Precision Medicine
May 25

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning for Today's Healthcare Environment
May 25

Celebrating Healthcare Innovators in Kansas City | Heart of America Chapter of HIMSS
May 25

HIMSS Analytics Essential Knowledge Series: Current trends in Mobile Healthcare Technology
May 26

BrandHIT Las Vegas 2017: BrandHIT 2017. Brand interruption, disruption, & discussion. June 15 - 16, 2017. Register today >>

Your membership dues contribute to the education, resources, and thought leadership necessary to drive your career and our industry forward. Take a moment today to login to your account to ensure that your membership is up to date. If you need a paper invoice, request via email at membersupport@himss.org. Thank you for your support!


Health IT Policy Update is a weekly online newsletter published by HIMSS.

Copyright© 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission. Contact HIMSS Publications at 33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60603-5616; avenditto@himssmedia.com

For information on Health IT Policy Update:
Samatha Burch
Senior Director, Congressional Affairs
HIMSS North America
sbburch@himss.org, 703-562-8847

Advertising inquiries:
HIMSS Media Solutions

The inclusion of an organization name, product or service in this publication should not be construed as a HIMSS endorsement of such organization, product or service, nor is the failure to include an organization name, product or service to be construed as disapproval.

33 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603


Advertise With Us
Click here to unsubscribe from this email newsletter