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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 Feedback on HELP Committee Draft Health IT Legislation
HIMSS' letter applauded the Committee for including in the draft bill a focus on many of the challenges identified by the healthcare community.

Comprehensive Telehealth and RPM Legislation Introduced with Strong Stakeholder Support
The bill seeks to modernize healthcare delivery for Medicare beneficiaries by removing barriers to the use of telehealth and other healthcare technologies, with the goal of improving access to high-quality care and lowering costs to the Medicare program.

HITPC-HITSC Joint API Task Force Holds Two Day Virtual Hearing
The Task Force will identify priority recommendations for ONC that will help enable consumers to leverage API technology to access patient data, while ensuring the appropriate level of privacy and security protection.

HIMSS Submits Comments to CMS Quality Measure RFI
HIMSS appreciated the opportunity to leverage our members' expertise in commenting on the RFI and believes in promoting the use of health IT to improve the quality of healthcare delivery while ensuring that data collection is not an overly burdensome part of providers' workflow.

ONC 2015 Edition Certification Test Method Resources Available Online
The Test Method provides the structure for evaluating conformance of health IT modules to the certification criteria defined in October 2015.

Indiana and Ohio begin cross-state data sharing
Two of the biggest health information exchanges in the United States are now sending clinical test results, reports and other medical information through their health information exchanges.

It Was the Place to Be In Case You Missed It
The IHE Connectathon is a desirable venue for competing companies to work together to improve the quality and interoperability of their health IT systems...

HIMSS Analytics Honors Nebraska Medicine With Stage 7 Award
The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR...

New HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-This Week's Episode- The Value of Exchange: How HIEs Drive Value
With over 70% of doctors' offices now utilizing electronic health records, the important first steps involved in laying the groundwork for true interoperability of protected health information have been taken. The successful establishment and maintenance of Health Information Exchanges are an important part of this fluid landscape, and can drive very specific value from your health IT capital and process investments. In this episode of STEPS to Value, we explore benefits and challenges of interoperability with Robert Cothren, PhD from the California Association of Health Information Exchange (CAHIE) and 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award winner Brian Yeaman, MD. We also get an overview on the work HIMSS is doing to drive interoperable nation-wide health information exchange with Mari Greenberger, Director of Informatics here at HIMSS.

Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value EP11: The Value of Exchange: How HIEs Drive Value.

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.


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HIMSS Events

Improve Your HIT Security Posture by Deploying in the Cloud
February 8, 2016

"No Matter Where" Healthcare Documentary | Indiana Chapter of HIMSS
February 8, 2016

The HIMSS16 Experienced Conference Attendee: Getting the Most Out of Your Experience
February 10, 2016

The HIMSS16 First Time Attendee: Navigating the Landscape Successfully
February 10, 2016

The Patient as an Innovator Educational Workshop
February 10, 2016

Frontier Nursing University's TIGER VLE Curriculum Adoption Journey
February 11, 2016

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