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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.

Senate HELP Committee Advances Revised MEDTECH Act
The MEDTECH Act was approved by the Senate HELP Committee as a part of a mark-up that advanced a series of bills intended to be included in the Committee's larger innovation legislative package was approved on March 9th.

HIMSS Issues Call To Action In Support of CONNECT for Health Act
Please "take action" by visiting the HIMSS Legislative Action Center today to send a letter to your Senators and Representatives asking them to cosponsor this important legislation and help to ensure these critical reforms are enacted into law.

CMS Offers Timeline to New Medicare Billing identifier
In terms of timeline and implementation, in 2018, CMS will be generating new Medicare billing identifiers (MBI) for all Medicare beneficiaries, both living and deceased.

HIMSS Joins Healthcare Community on Interoperability Pledge
The commitments are by health IT developers who provide electronic health records to the vast majority of the inpatient market, healthcare systems who serve patients in 46 states, and leading professional associations, such as HIMSS, and stakeholder groups.

Federal Government Agency Announcements at HIMSS16
Conference provided a platform for a number of major announcements from federal government agencies.

CMS Expands Investment to support State Health Information Exchange with Human Services
The expanded opportunities now encompass new models of delivery system reform to improve health outcomes while controlling costs.

Paying It Forward- A Veterans Journey to HIMSS16
HIMSS had the privilege of welcoming Kevin Phillips, a homeless U.S. Navy Veteran, among many other special vets at this year's Hero's Welcome at HIMSS16.

Taking Immunization Workflow Mainstream
HIMSS and ICSA Labs Join CNIADV to Support CDC Immunization-Related Capabilities Program.

The 2016 HIMSS Cost Accounting Survey Indicates Healthcare Providers are Progressing towards Pay-for-Value but Have Multiple Needs
Approximately half of the respondents participate in some type of an alternative payment model, but few view their organization as "highly prepared" for this transition.

HIMSS Issues Recommendations on eCQM Development, Implementation, and Reporting
HIMSS Quality, Cost, and Safety Committee chair Shelley DiGiacomo and Vice Chair Pauline Byom presented HIMSS recommendations at the Health IT Quality Symposium: Improving Quality in a Payment for Value World at HIMSS16.


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HIMSS Events

FY17 Annual Call for Committee Volunteers - Closing
March 14, 2016

Wausau Networking Event - Patient Engagement | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS
March 15, 2016

2016 Predictions for Health IT Usability
March 17, 2016

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