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January 15, 2016

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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 Approves Dr. Califf's Nomination to Head FDA
Senators from both parties had high praise for Califf who is currently the No. 2 official at the FDA.

President Obama's Final State of the Union Address Emphasizes Accomplishments and Discusses ACA Reforms and Personalized Medicine
The address focused on the future and touched on several familiar policy topics, but also discussed several healthcare-related topics.

CMS' Slavitt Discusses the Future of Meaningful Use in MACRA Implementation
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt discussed how his agency is moving the Meaningful Use Program into a new system culminating in implementation of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

OCR Issues Guidance Documents on Patient’s Right to Access and Share Health Information
The documents, which include fact sheets and FAQ's, are an important step to help clarify how an individual's right to access their individual health information operates which will be important as the health care system evolves and is supported by secure exchange of electronic health information.

ITA discussed Health IT Related Benefits in the TPP
Given that many TPP countries have health care systems at a relatively early stage of development, U.S. exports of Health IT product and service solutions provide a tremendous opportunity for these countries to quickly deliver improved health care to their citizens.

HRSA Announces HCCN Grant Opportunities
This grant program will award approximately $33 million to approximately 45 health center controlled networks (HCCNs).

HCCI and the National Academy launch the State Health Policy Grant Program
The research will help identify the most effective ways to improve health care quality and lower costs.

ONC Releases State Health IT Policy Levers Compendium
The Compendium includes a directory of health IT policy levers such as Medicaid State Plan Amendments and waivers, along with close to 300 examples of how states have used them.

Launch of the HIMSS Cybersecurity Community: Addressing Today's Challenges and Shaping Tomorrow's Future
Are you interested in improving your healthcare organization's cybersecurity posture? Do you want to learn from today's healthcare cybersecurity thought-leaders? Do you want to connect and engage with your peers to hear about what they are doing with their cybersecurity programs? If so, please join our HIMSS Cybersecurity Community.

Leveraging the Best Available Standards for Today, Tomorrow and the Future
Multiple efforts, some collaborative, some competing, have long been underway to advance the goal of interoperability, but those efforts have not, until now, provided us with clear guidance on what are the best available standards and implementation specifications to use. Fortunately, 2016 marks the year that we’ve received that guidance, thanks to the recently published 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory.

HIMSS Statement on Transition to a Value-Based Care System
Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, Executive Vice President, HIMSS North America shares HIMSS Statement on the nation's transition to a value-based care system.


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Winter HIE Community Roundtable - Showing the Impact of HIE
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2016 CIO Roundtable | Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter of HIMSS
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