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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 Mental Health Bill with Health IT Provisions
The bill includes provisions that would request studies from HHS and GAO studies on the HIPAA informed consent rules for substance abuse treatment records and authorizes telemedicine grants through SAMHSA for pediatric psychology.

House Oversight Subcommittee on Information Technology Holds Hearing on VA Modernization
The hearing focused on the implementation of the Federal Information Security Management Act and Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), VistA modernization, and cybersecurity.

HHS Names Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Members
Task Force members represent a wide variety of organizations within the health care and public health sector, including hospitals, insurers, patient advocates, security researchers, pharmacy and pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, health IT developers and vendors, and laboratories.

ONC and FHA Hosting a Healthcare Provider Directory Workshop
The goal of the Workshop is to help health IT developers and others working on provider directory standards exchange ideas and potential solutions that can further the flow of health information.

ONC Launches Interoperability Proving Ground
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) is a centralized location where people are able to find what kinds of interoperability projects are occurring and where

Maine’s State HIE Becomes Big Analytics Beacon
Maine beats the odds in becoming a sustainable data analytics powerhouse.

State HIE Information Exchange Program Evaluation Report Released
ONC has released the final evaluation report for the State HIE Information Exchange Program.

Achieving Value with Clinical and Business Intelligence
Value is a new way of thinking simultaneously about outcomes relative to cost.

Leveraging the TIGER VLE to Advance Health Information Technology & Informatics Careers
Whether you are a student seeking an internship, a new role post- graduation, or an interprofessional clinician looking to advance or switch careers, the TIGER certificates of Completion demonstrate your expanded health IT knowledge and can be listed on your CV/resume, LinkedIn profile, etc.

Revenue Cycle: Front & Center at HIMSS16 Knowledge Center!
Activities in the HIMSS16 Revenue Cycle Knowledge Center were bountiful and attendees enjoyed stimulating conversation on how industry stakeholders are responding to the rapidly changing healthcare environment took place.

HIMSS16 HIMSS Spot Sessions: ICD-10 Recap How are we doing?
HIMSS16 attendees were treated to two important sessions on ICD-10 that reflected on the current state of the transition and lessons learned that can be applied to similar implementation efforts going forward.

HIMSS Media Group Revenue Cycle Summit Proves Popular Event for HIMSS16 Attendees
This year’s Revenue Cycle Solution Summit at HIMSS16 was the best attended since HIMSS Media Group began offering the semi-annual event in 2015.

Telehealth and Associated Technologies
Telehealth and associated technologies and applications offer a platform for the exchange of medical information between patients and providers leading to diagnosis and treatment.

What is Telehealth?
Telehealth refers to the use of information and communications technologies for the support and enhancement of health care.

HIMSS Releases Results of First Annual Healthcare Cost Accounting Survey
Providers are willing to participate in alternative payment model experiments, but are looking for help in developing the infrastructure to do it well.


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HIMSS Events

New HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-This Week’s Episode- Know Your STEPS: Satisfaction
In this episode, we begin our exploration of the HIMSS STEPS value framework, starting with the topic of satisfaction. We talk with Greg Wolverton, CIO for ARcare, a Davies & EMRAM Stage 7 Community Health Organization. Jonathan French joins us again to highlight Davies award winners who have gained value through satisfaction-focused projects, and Margaret Schulte shares the Value Stories of the week

Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value-Know Your STEPS: Satisfaction

Enterprise-Wide Strategies for Optimizing Population Health Outcomes
March 22, 2016

HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Community Webinar: "Telling Impactful Cybersecurity Stories with Data"
March 24, 2016

Just LOOK At IT! LEAN Visual Systems in Healthcare IT
March 24, 2016

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