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June 16, 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.


Take Action: Ask Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the CONNECT for Health Act
We urge you to contact your Senators and Representatives quickly and easily through the HIMSS Legislative Action Center requesting that they cosponsor the CONNECT for Health Act of 2017.

Busy Week for Veterans Affairs Health IT on Capitol Hill
The VA must provide Congress with a detailed overview of its solicitation of Cerner to develop its new EHR system, how the new system would be interoperable with the DoD and the private sector systems, a strategic plan for implantation of the new EHR, and how it would maintain the existing VistA system during implantation.


HIMSS submits comments to CMS Hospital IPPS Proposed Rule
HIMSS continues to have dialogue with the CMS on further improvements to CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

FDA Announces a New Digital Health Innovation Plan
FDA will help innovators navigate a new, modern regulatory process so that promising, safe and effective developments in digital health can advance more quickly and responsibly.

Report Finds Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments Went to Noncompliant Providers
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had made Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive payments to providers who did not meet Meaningful Use requirements for those payments.

NH-ISAC Updates
Latest news from NH-ISAC.


The Value Brief 

In the latest episode of the Code Red podcast, "How to Survive a Hacker Attack," Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS, senior vice president/CIO, Boston Children's Hospital, discusses how the Boston Children's Hopsital dealt with a cyber-attack by the hacktivist group, Anonymous. 

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

HIMSS Innovation Community Webinar: "Health Care Investment Pulse Check: The Venture Capitalists' Mid-Year Review"

Join our panel of venture pundits in this Do-Not-Miss half-time huddle as we discuss a mid-year review of digital health investments, what we thought we knew, what we know now, and what to expect in the second half of 2017. 

Improving Patient Communication to Improve Outcomes
In healthcare, communication between the caregiver and the patient is essential to high-quality outcomes and the improved satisfaction of both the provider and the patient. 

Innovative Approach to Cyber Education Needed
When was the last time you had any training related to cybersecurity? Was it just a week ago? Perhaps a month ago? If you work at a typical organization, it is more likely that when training happens, it happens just once per year. In addition, this meager training schedule could be the wrong approach altogether.

HIMSS Innovation Center: Immunization Intergration Program. Learn more today >>


Spring 2017 Event | West Virginia Chapter of HIMSS
June 16 

Leading Organizations through an Era of Change | New York Chapter of HIMSS
June 19

13th Annual LTPAC Health IT Summit
June 26-27

HIMSS Analytics Essential Knowledge Series: How are Healthcare Providers Approaching Precision Medicine?
June 19

June 2017 HIMSS CMIO Roundtable - CMIO Solution Session: Cultivating Team Building and Engagement with Medical Staff
June 20

Lessons Learned in Advancing Predictive Analytics in Healthcare
June 20

42 CFR Part 2: Improvements and New Challenges with the Use and Disclosure of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records
June 20

AMDIS 2017 Annual Physician-Computer Connection Symposium
June 20

CAPG Annual Conference 2017
June 22

Interoperability: Policy and Practice | Austin Chapter of HIMSS
June 22

Cloud Decision Center: Health IT's newest cloud resource. Visit now >>

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