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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 Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group Releases Options Paper
The options paper places significant focus on increasing patient and caregiver engagement and development of new quality measures focused on healthcare outcomes for individuals with chronic conditions.

HIMSS Submits Comments to FDA on Health IT Uses in Clinical Research
In the letter, HIMSS appreciated the opportunity to leverage our members’ expertise in developing comments, and looks forward to establishing a dialogue with the FDA on the continued advancement and improvement of incorporating technologies and innovative methods into clinical research.

eCQI Resource Center to Present Demonstration of Website Core Content and Updates
The website provides a centralized location for critical clinical quality measure resources, including the electronic clinical quality measures and their specifications, links to tools for measure development, testing, and clinical decision support (CDS).

HHS to Provide Grant Funding for Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model
TThe program, entitled the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model, is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center model that will help to determine if quality of life for beneficiaries is improved by screening for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services.

Commonwealth Fund Releases 2015 Scorecard Report
The report uses 42 indicators to rank the healthcare systems of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, looking at factors around healthcare access, quality, costs and outcomes.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Selected as 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient
Ohio States University Wexner Medical Center is central Ohio's only academic medical center. It serves all patients and populations, with the uninsured and Medicaid population comprising approximately 25% of the organizations patient mix....

The Connection between Interoperability and Legacy Data
Because EHRs are ultimately about the relationship between clinicians and patients they serve, legacy data can strengthen the relationship through important insights to a patients broader history. The result, a more comprehensive patient story. Knowing patients through the historical narrative promotes understanding. When patients are understood, they are likely to engage, and more importantly, participate--leading to improved outcomes...

HIMSS Analytics Honors Community Healthcare System Hospitals With Stage 7 Award
The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR...


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