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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.

House Doctors Caucus Calls for MU Delay and Hardship Exception
Republican Doctors ask for a delay of Stage 3 MU, hardship exception for Stage 2.

CMS Releases Notice to Address ICD-10 Problems
CMS has created some short-term remedies to the national coverage determination errors.

API Security Task Force Discusses Integration of APIs into EHRs at Kickoff Meeting
The meeting provided background information on APIs to include the need to understand and address privacy and security issues unique to APIs for interoperable movement of health data, and if there are, how to prioritize and address them.

CMS Updates its Quality Strategy to Build a Better, Smarter, and Healthier Care Delivery System
The 2016 CMS Quality Strategy goals reflect the six priorities set out in the NQS and identify quality-focused objectives that CMS can drive or enable to further the organization’s goals.

New HIMSS Podcast "STEPS To Value": An Inside View on Value
What defines HIT value? What actions drive its realization? In an age of boundless innovation & constrained budgets, optimizing the use of technology to realize clinical and operational benefits is a bottom-line necessity in both local & global markets. The HIMSS podcast series, STEPS to Value, highlights the stories of thought leaders who have successfully managed technology, organizational culture and policy to develop innovative processes that maximize the value of their technology investments.

Listen to the first 8 episodes here.

Leveraging Digital Strategies to Address Health Disparities Part 2: Navigate the Digital Divide
According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), the overall proportion of Americans using health IT (defined as texting or emailing healthcare providers, using health apps, and accessing online test results) has been increasing for the last several years, though its still under 50%. Not surprisingly, people who use health IT most are the wealthiest and most highly-educated. African Americans and Hispanics use it the least, while Whites and Asians use it the most...

HIMSS Cost Accounting Survey to Gauge Health Provider Readiness for Value-Based Payment Models
Providers in all settings encouraged to respond by Dec. 31, 2015...

Improving the Efficacy of Predictive Models
As organizations evolve in the HIMSS Analytics Clinical and BI Maturity Model, they will have a need to improve their predictive models to impact care in real time. A starting point is good data governance, building an Enterprise Data Warehouse and leveraging administrative, pharmacy, clinical, HIE (health information exchange) and other data sets. Once this is accomplished, good data science teams can leverage components of various models and use sophisticated machine learning and BIG DATA analytics techniques to improve existing predictive models. As these techniques become more sophisticated, the efficacy of predictive models will quickly improve...

Healthcare Giving Thanks
As we all settle in to the holiday season, with its traumas and traditions, please give a thanks to these wonderful people working to make the holidays a little bit better for the communities where they provide care...


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HIMSS Events

Revenue Cycle Solution Summit
December 7, 2015

Cloud-Based Modular Solutions for Payers: a Flexible & Cost-Effective Approach to Core Admin Platforms
December 8, 2015

3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Party (Toys for Tots Chapter Fundraiser) | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS
December 8, 2015

The CAHIMS Online Review Course Part 1
December 8, 2015

Beyond the ACA: Driving the Future of the Population Health Management: A HIMSS Virtual Briefing
December 9, 2015

HIMSS16 Unveiled: Maximizing Your Attendee Experience
December 9, 2015

2015 Holiday Social | Midwest Gateway Chapter of HIMSS
December 9, 2015

Dr. AI: Is Artificial Intelligence the Next Paradigm for Biomedical Informatics?
December 10, 2015

Mobilizing the Patient Experience through Digitization: A HIMSS Virtual Briefing
December 10, 2015

The CAHIMS Online Review Course Part 2
December 10, 2015

Clinical Informatics Symposium: Collaborating to Transform Health & Care through the Power of Actionable Information
December 11, 2015

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