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Busy Week on the Hill for Health IT Issues
Prior to holiday recess, change of leadership, several hearings and key discussions put the spotlight on health IT issues on the Hill.

House E&C Subcommittee holds FCC Oversight Hearing & Senate HELP Committee holds Confirmation Hearing on FDA Commissioner
The hearing touched upon several FCC initiatives including universal service support for rural America and overall FCC management.

HIMSS Submits Comments on MACRA RFI
MACRA RFI comments offer insight on how health IT can play a key role in healthcare transformation.

David Bowen, Director of the Health IT Directorate for the Defense Health Agency and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Military Health System, announces his retirement from federal service
HIMSS Federal Health IT Leadership Award Recipient announces retirement.

CMS Finalizes Rule for Comprehensive Care for Join Replacement (CJR) Model
The final rule will hold hospitals accountable for the quality of care they deliver to Medicare for fee-for-service beneficiaries for hip and knee replacements and/or other major leg procedures.

Leveraging Digital Strategies to Address Health Disparities Part 1: Measure What You Want to Manage
While I don't believe technology is a silver bullet, it can support clinicians and consumers alike in targeting treatments and changing behaviors...

Connecting the Person and Provider with Quality Healthcare Delivery
Care continuum touches each of us. It has become more global and more interactive than ever before with the advent of connected health technologies and demands for better healthcare delivery using those technologies...

Centura Health Selected as 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient
Centura Health has been named a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient. Focused on improving population health outcomes, Centura has been able to significantly reduce hospitalizations associated with chronic disease management using alternative payment models enabled with risk stratification, clinical decision support, patient engagement and analytics...

HIMSS Submits Comments on MACRA RFI
HIMSS submits comments to CMS for the RFI for Implementation of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Promotion of Alternative Payment Models (APM), and Incentive Payments for Participation in Eligible Alternative Payment Models...

CMS Issues Proposed Rule on CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule
Quality reporting is a key component of this rule, and CMS is also proposing some changes related to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program...

Mitigating the Impact of ICD-10 for Physicians: How Big is Your Elephant?
There is an elephant in the room of healthcare. ICD-10-CM has seemingly become a nuisance for physicians attempting compliance by Oct. 1, 2014. It is quite easy to understand why this may be the case...


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HIMSS Events

December 2015 Webinar | Greater Chicago Chapter of HIMSS
December 1, 2015

Privacy & Security Forum
December 1, 2015

Rise above the Noise: Social Best Practices to Prepare for HIMSS16 and Beyond
December 1, 2015

SANS Workshop: Implementing Healthcare Cyber-hygiene with the Critical Security Controls
December 1, 2015

8th Annual CIO Forum | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
December 1, 2015

Defending the Castle: Essentials of Secure Cloud Computing: A HIMSS Virtual Briefing
December 2, 2015

2015 Gulf Coast Chapters Conference | Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi Chapters of HIMSS
December 3, 2015

Ambulatory Medical Practices HIPAA Security Rule Risk Assessments for Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records
November 4, 2015

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