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January 8, 2016

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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.

2015 Congressional Wrap-Up: Cyber, Spending, Telehealth and More
A quick recap of the major issues that have come up over the last few weeks and months, where we've seen a flurry of health IT activity on cybersecurity, telehealth, and other issues.

HIMSS Submits Comment on CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3 Final Rules
In a December 15th letter to Andrew Slavitt, the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HIMSS submitted comments to the Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program-Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 Through 2017 Final Rules.

Health IT Policy Committee Releases Report to Congress on Interoperability
The Task Force believes that there must be specific global criteria or measures to drive the collaboration needed for meaningful exchange.

AHRQ Report Calls for More Validation of Telehealth
The report is expected to guide policymakers in the development of legislation.

AHRQ Releases Report on the Impact of HIE
The report notes that the use of HIE has risen over time and is highest in hospitals and lowest in long-term care settings.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Selected as 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient
Ohio States University Wexner Medical Center is central Ohios only academic medical center. It serves all patients and populations, with the uninsured and Medicaid population comprising approximately 25% of the organizations patient mix...

The Connection between Interoperability and Legacy Data
Because EHRs are ultimately about the relationship between clinicians and patients they serve, legacy data can strengthen the relationship through important insights to a patients broader history. The result, a more comprehensive patient story. Knowing patients through the historical narrative promotes understanding. When patients are understood, they are likely to engage, and more importantly, participate--leading to improved outcomes...

HIMSS Analytics Honors Community Healthcare System Hospitals With Stage 7 Award
The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR...


Trinity health expands capabilities. Meeting analytics demands.

HIMSS Events

CPHIMS Online Review Course - Part 1
January 5, 2016

CPHIMS Online Review Course - Part 2
January 7, 2016

C-CDA Direct Messaging – Are We There Yet?
January 11, 2015

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