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October 23, 2015

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Hello, 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 Takes Up Consideration of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA)
This bill would provide the support needed by the healthcare community to better identify and more effectively defend against growing cyber threats.

HIMSS Co-Signs letters to House and Senate Appropriators Opposing AHRQ Funding Reductions
The current short term resolution to fund the government, including AHRQ, will expire on December 11th and Congress will need to pass another funding bill through the end of FY 2016.


CMS Informal Review Process Period for 2016 PQRS Negative Payment Adjustments
Payment adjustments will be applied to Eligible Professionals (EPs), Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) practice sites, and group practices participating in the PQRS group practice reporting option (GPRO), including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

CMS Releases New FAQ on Public Health Objectives for 2015 EHR Reporting Period
These FAQ are in response to inquiries about the public health reporting objectives in 2015.


California Becomes First State in the Nation to Adopt Data Breach Notification Statute
The amendments are part of a legislative package which consists of three separate bills; the package addresses data encryption standards, the definition of personal information and the language for data breach notifications.

HIMSS Engaged

The Meaningful Use Fact Finder on HIMSS Health IT Value Suite
Easily accessible information on Meaningful Use measures and reporting timelines. This section of the suite illustrates how the components of Meaningful Use lay the technical foundation for organizations that seek high levels of realized value which benefits patient and organizational stakeholders. Learn more


ICD-10 First Impressions Discussion
Betty Gomez, Business Edge Task Force Chair interviewed two HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force members who shared their thoughts on ICD-10 first impressions from vendors and providers.....

Preparing for Higher Expectations Emerging Patient Service Enterprise: Patient Consumerism will Require Multi-media Communication Between Provider and Patient
Achieving a quality patient experience is now a component of value-based reimbursement and begins with improved patient communications....

Are Providers Responding to New Models for Healthcare Spend or is it Just Business as Usual? A Conversation with Sheldon Hamburger, Principal Consultant at The Aristone Group
A leading healthcare consultant provides his view on the outlook for the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) payment and service delivery models....

Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force Moving Forward With Our Vision
The FY16 HIMSS Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force (RCITF) met on September 16, 2015, at the world-class HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, Ohio to expedite work on two critical FY16 deliverables to be unveiled at HIMSS16....

Taking the Lead on HIT Policy Issues
Today there is no single, widely-recognized cross-stakeholder body to provide guidance to policymakers about the technical requirements of proposed healthcare legislation and the ability of existing technology to meet those requirements or what might be required to develop the necessary capabilities....

HIMSS ICD-10 Playbook Now Offers Provider Support Tool
The official transition to ICD-10 became mandatory for all HIPAA entities as of October 1, 2015. The HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force has changed its focus from preparing for ICD-10 to supporting providers in adopting the new code set....

2015 Vote for Bylaws and HIMSS Nominating CommitteeInfluence the direction of HIMSS! If you're a HIMSS member, cast your ballot on bylaws changes and incoming members of the nominating committee....


Connected Health Conference.
 3 summits at one time, in one place! November 8 - 11.
 Washington DC

HIMSS Events

BioOhio Annual Conference
October 26, 2015

National Association of Community Health Centers FOM/IT Conference
October 27, 2015

CPHIMS Review Course | Summit of the Southeast
October 28, 2015

8th Annual Regional Conference: "The Politics of Healthcare" | Delaware Valley and New Jersey Chapters of HIMSS
October 28, 2015

Summit of the Southeast | Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS
October 29, 2015

Meaningful Use, Certification, and Interoperability: An Analysis of the Requirements, Objectives, and Major Revisions for Health IT Professionals : Part 2
October 30, 2015

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