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January 22, 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 Releases Bipartisan Draft Health IT Legislation
On January 21st, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) released the first piece in the long-awaited Senate medical innovations legislation.

CMS, ONC Continue Discussing Future of Meaningful Use Program-Highlight Principles Around Future Action of MACRA Implementation
In light of comments last week from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt on Meaningful Use as a component of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Mr. Slavitt and Karen DeSalvo, MD—National Coordinator for Health IT—prepared a January 19th blog post that included the guiding principles of how the Meaningful Use Program will fit in with MACRA implementation.

HIMSS and PCHA Offer Comments on AHRQ Telehealth Report
This report was a result of calls from Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and John Thune (R-SD), who in responding to a group of HIMSS led healthcare stakeholders in December 2014, that asked for AHRQ to review "the value of telehealth and remote patient monitoring, particularly for the chronically ill, with a focus on expanding access to care and reducing costs."

Vindell Washington, MD, Joining ONC as Principal Deputy National Coordinator; Mike McCoy, MD, leaving ONC and Returning to the Private Sector
There were two significant personnel announcements from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) this week.

CMS, ONC Continue Discussing Future of Meaningful Use Program Highlight Principles Around Future Action of MACRA Implementation
Mr. Andrew Slavitt and Karen DeSalvo, MDNational Coordinator for Health ITprepared a January 19th blog post that included the guiding principles of how the Meaningful Use Program will fit in with MACRA implementation.

HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith to Chair Global Center Advisory Council
Executive Advisory Committee adds leadership from Cisco, IBM, and Siemens.

HIMSS and PCHA Join in Support of Changes to FCC Program
In the letter HIMSS and PCHA noted that the need amongst many rural healthcare providers for access to high quality broadband access is profound.

New year signals renewed focus
During this first month of the New Year our primary focus will be on completing final preparations for HIMSS16 and initiating our annual call for committee volunteers.

New HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-This Week's Episode - The Importance of Trust: Health Data Security
In this episode, we focus on the role data security & privacy management plays in driving trust amongst clinicians and patients alike. We speak Sriram Bharadwaj, CISSP, CLSSBB, CPHIMS, Director, Information Services at UC Irvine Health & Chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee about the concept of trust in a health data security environment. We also sit down with Lee Kim, BS, JD, FHIMSS Director, Privacy & Security here at HIMSS about current health IT privacy & security trends.

Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value EP9: The Importance of Trust: Health Data Security.

The HIMSS16 First-Time Attendee: Navigating the Landscape Successfully
A webinar on Wednesday, February 10 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm helps first-time HIMSS16 conference attendees take an important step toward future health IT development. Join us as HIMSS leaders highlight the many programs and educational offerings at HIMSS16. We'll give a demo of the HIMSS16 Mobile App, review the show floor plan and schedule, and provide tips and techniques for getting the most out of your conference experience.

The HIMSS16 Experienced Conference Attendee: Getting the Most Out of Your Experience
A webinar on Wednesday, February 10 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm allows returning conference attendees to further cultivate their health IT future through a personalized and innovative experience. Join us as members of HIMSS staff highlight new HIMSS16 programs and educational offerings, and provide tips and techniques for getting the most out of this year's conference.

HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers
We are pleased to announce that the application period for HIMSS Committees is now open. In these key positions, available for a term of two fiscal years, HIMSS seeks health IT and healthcare policy leaders to play instrumental roles in developing and executing HIMSS’ strategic initiatives. Leave your mark on the health IT revolution. Apply now.


Webinar: Meet compliance demands. Smart technology delivers >>

HIMSS Events

2016 Florida HIT Days | Central and North Florida & South Florida Chapters of HIMSS
January 25, 2015

HIMSS North America Annual Planning Meeting
January 25, 2015

IHE North American Connectathon Week 2016
January 25, 2015

2016 Annual Healthcare IT Conference | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
January 26, 2015

Connectathon 101 Workshop
January 26, 2015

The 5 Components of Telemedicine | New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS
January 26, 2015

IHE North American Connectathon Leadership Conference
January 27, 2015

Care Team Transformation for Population Health Management
January 28, 2015

Data Privacy Day
January 28, 2015

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