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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.

HIMSS Submits Comments to Senate Finance Committee on Improving Chronic Care
On June 22nd, HIMSS submitted comments in response to a request from the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Co-Chairs of the newly formed bipartisan working group on chronic care.

HIMSS Develops Summary of Senate HELP Committee Draft HIT Bill
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.

FDA Issues Draft Interoperability Guidance for Medical Devices
The guidance is intended to provide manufacturers of medical devices with design considerations when developing interoperable devices and recommendations regarding information to include pre-market submissions and labeling considerations

ConCert by HIMSS Announces Successful Completion of Pilot with Certified Products
HIMSS testing and certification program continues to accelerate the interoperability of EHRs and HIEs, creating a rigorous national framework.

Dell Joins HIMSS Innovation Center as an Industry Collaborator
Industry collaborators at the HIMSS Innovation Center work together to lead advancement of health information management by optimizing use of technology.

Squad Leaders: Veterans Mentoring Veterans for the Transition
Learn about mentor opportunities for veterans returning to civilian life.

Sushi and the Supply Chain
A May 2015 article 7 Reasons to Merge Revenue Cycle and Supply Chain Management describes supply chain management as a key facet to effect revenue cycle management in healthcare. In most provider organizations, supply chain management and revenue cycle operations function in silos, occasionally responding to anecdotal evidence to make improvements in the processes linking the two areas, states team members of the Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium at ASUs W.P Carey School of Business.

New HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-This Week's Episode- The Hidden Value of Your Supply Chain
While almost eighty percent of items used by a hospital cost less than $20 each, thousands of dollars are spent capturing consumption of those items. Have you untapped the hidden value in your supply chain? In this episode we will talk with three healthcare supply chain thought leaders about how healthcare organizations can optimize their supply chain and move it from a cost center to a revenue generator. We talk with Drex DeFord & Charles Hodge about supply chain lessons learned at Seattle Childrens Hospital. We hear about supply chain market trends from Karen Conway, Executive Director-Industry Relations at GHX.

Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value EP9: The Hidden Value of Your Supply Chain.


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