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HIMSS Weekly Insider
In This Issue — March 19, 2014  

HIMSS acquires UK events company to form HIMSS UK • CMS updates hardship exemptions for 2013 reporting year • HIMSS Books offers discounts on EHR book collection

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What’s New

HIMSS Acquires UK Events Company to Form HIMSS UK
HIMSS has announced the launch of HIMSS UK after acquiring ownership of Citadel Events Ltd, a UK based event management company specializing in health  IT. HIMSS UK joins existing HIMSS units in North America, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and elsewhere in Europe to support hospitals, trusts, physicians, other clinicians, health executives and others in the transformation of health and health care through information technology.

CMS Updates Hardship Exemptions for 2013 Reporting Year
On March 11, CMS updated the Hardship Exception Guidance for participants in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Information for the 2014 reporting year is expected in April. Click the link above to access HIMSS' summary. And to keep up with policy developments, subscribe to HIMSS' Health IT Policy Update.

JHIM Seeks Abstracts on ACOs, HIEs and Payment Models
The HIMSS Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM) has opened an abstracts call for its Summer 2014 issue on accountable care organizations, health information exchange and new payment models. JHIM is particularly interested in original analysis; solutions-based articles and position papers; and trends and strategic approaches; and realizing opportunities and challenges.To be considered, send all abstracts in a Word document to the e-mail link above. The abstracts should include a working title and 250-word synopsis for the proposed paper, as well as complete contact information for all potential authors. All abstracts to be considered for the Summer 2014 issue must be submitted by no later than Monday, April 7.

HIMSS Books Offers Discounts on EHR Book Collection
Through March 31, customers can save 20 percent on a collection of three books on electronic health records—Complete Guide and Toolkit to Successful EHR Adoption, A Guide to EHR Adoption: Implementation Through Organizational Transformation and Usability Evaluation Handbook for Electronic Health Records—available as print and eBook editions. Each of these books, written by experts, provide providers and organizations a roadmap to purchase, adopt and customize electronic health records.

Tools & Resources

NEW! AMA-Funded Study on ICD-10 Implementation Costs for Physicians
The American Medical Association funded a study written by Nachimson Advisors addressing updates to a 2008 report on the cost of implementing ICD-10 for physician practices. The 2008 study included estimates based on assumptions that had not yet been tested. Since then the industry has had an opportunity to begin testing. This latest report incorporates knowledge gained since the original report was written, incorporating experience gained from early testing activities. This study is posted on the HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook.

NEW! ICD-10 Contingency Planning Guides
The HIMSS ICD-10 Contingency Planning Work Group (under the HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force) has posted on the HIMSS ICD-10 Playbook a series of contingency planning guides that are will help to anticipate operational or financial issues that may arise following the ICD-10 conversion, and include recommendations for responding to issues, along with advice on what you can do to avoid or minimize issues.

NEW! Physician Engagement with HIE Podcast
Listen to Dr. Joe Heyman, former Chair of the AMA Board of Trustees and former President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and Dan Paoletti, VP and CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP), discuss the importance of physician engagement with health information exchange. Specific attention is given to the benefits for both physicians and their practices; challenges to overcome, including recommendations for physicians with no access to an HIE organization; and requirements for participation.

NEW! HIMSS Clinical Informatics Institute—hosted by Denver Health
The HIMSS Clinical Informatics Institute is a one-day, on-site inaugural educational program that will explore the major initiatives and activities impacting clinicians today.
The program will introduce clinicians to informatics concepts that will advance their knowledge base, explore career opportunities and enhance their learning portfolio. Local and national leaders will explore the HIMSS Clinical Informatics Communities body of knowledge and thought leadership around Nursing Informatics, the Physician IT Community, Pharmacy Informatics Initiatives, Nutrition Informatics and Clinical Engineering & IT. Come join the discussion. This event will be held on May 16.

NEW! HIMSS Nursing Informatics Institute—hosted by Rush University Medical Center
Learn from the nation's leaders in Nursing Informatics at this one-day educational event. Build on your career portfolio and enhance your knowledge of the role of nurses in implementing information technology to enhance nursing workflow, promote patient safety and yield outcomes that improve patient care. This event will be held on May 2.

NEW! What Usability Projects Are You Working On?
Please post the following: HIMSS is reaching out to Weekly Insider readers to find out what usability-related projects you or your organization are working on. If you have any formal or informal usability-related projects currently in production, please let us know more by contacting Adam Bazer, Sr. Manager, Health Information Systems at the link above.

NEW! Ask the Expert Series for Medical Practices
Scratching your head while trying to find the answer to your question about ambulatory practices? HIMSS’ member experts have researched, referenced and cited their responses to the following questions: How are CAPHS surveys linked to PQRS and payments? Patient care call center—is it worth the effort? What tools help ensure successful transitional care management? Can orders entered by medical assistants count in meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use CPOE requirements? What's the difference between the CMS EHR Certification Identification and CHPL product numbers? How can I engage patients in their care to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements? What is meant by "view" for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Core Measure #7/Patient Engagement?

NEW! Podcast: Alignment of MU CQMs and PQRS
Anita Somplasky, Executive Director for Pennsylvania’s Regional Extension Centers, discusses the alignment of Meaningful Use CQMs and PQRS, including timelines, workflow, exemptions, payment adjustments, preparing for Meaningful Use audits, and patient engagement.

NEW! How Strategic Vision in Analytics Leads to HIT Value
Looking for ways that health IT can add value to your organization’s strategic vision? Or wondering how the HIMSS Health IT Value Steps™ can improve patient care and clinical intelligence? Join our experts on March 26 and discover how the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has broadened the value of health IT in their organization. Register today.

HIMSS Foundation Acquires Online Journal of Nursing Informatics
During HIMSS14, the HIMSS Foundation and the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community announced its recent acquisition of the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI). OJNI is a free, international, peer-reviewed electronic journal that is published quarterly and supports all functional areas of nursing informatics. Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President of Informatics of HIMSS expresses her enthusiasm of this acquisition, “Through the addition of OJNI to the HIMSS Foundation and the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community, we have an exciting opportunity to further enhance and disseminate nursing informatics knowledge and research.” Click here to learn more

Extend Your Annual Conference Experience with HIMSS14 Online
The 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando may be over, but you extend and broaden your experience by registering for HIMSS14 Online, the interactive, web-based extension of HIMSS14. For only $49, HIMSS14 Online offers attendees access to select portions of the conference, with live content and real-time interaction. Be part of the conversation with the HIMSS14 Online networking lounge. Archived sessions are available on demand for 90 days (through May 24), and CPHIMS and PDU CE units are available for all sessions.

Book of the Month: An Analysis of the Health IT Industry
The HIMSS Book of the Month for March is the newly released 2014 State of the U.S. Healthcare Information Technology Industry. This report profiles the state of the health IT industry in the U.S. hospital market at the start of 2014. The report analyzes the current and historical purchasing behaviors of more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals profiled in the HIMSS Analytics® Database, as well as critical factors projected to influence the HIT market in 2014 and beyond. 2014 State of the U.S. Healthcare Information Technology Industry is produced jointly by HIMSS and HIMSS Analytics, a wholly-owned market-research arm of HIMSS. Data used in the study comes from the HIMSS Analytics® Database 2013 and the Dorenfest Integrated Healthcare Delivery System+ (IHDS+) DatabaseTM. The report is available in print or eBook. Customers can also purchase a PDF version and have unlimited access to the report within their organizations by calling 312-915-9295

IHE USA Infusion Interoperability Workshop
IHE USA and CareFusion present a 1.5 day workshop dedicated to Infusion Interoperability. Attendees gain critical best practices and learn from industry leaders and organizations achieving infusion interoperability. The workshop takes place March 25-26, at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland OH.
Sponsored by CareFusion. View the agenda.

2014 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey Results Revealed
HIMSS released the results of the 2014 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey at HIMSS14, which captures current professional status and practice trends, while identifying changes that have occurred over the last nine years in the nursing informatics workforce.  Key findings continue to suggest that nurse informaticists play a crucial role in the development, implementation and optimization of clinical applications.  In addition, the survey demonstrated the overall growth of the nursing informatics field. Based on the responses of more than 1,000 nursing informatics specialists, 70 percent have titles that specified an informatics position, which is double the amount from the last HIMSS Nursing Workforce Survey conducted in 2011.

Purchase HIMSS eBooks Subscriptions for Your Entire Organization at One Low Price
Access a library of knowledge for your entire organization in the palm of your hand—Introducing the HIMSS eBook Subscription Program. Purchase a subscription to our entire eBook library or customized packages for your company, community or organization. The Subscription Program allows for concurrent knowledge delivery—allowing you and your staff to learn, grow and apply as a team. To learn more about the program and our competitive rates, click the e-mail link above.

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Calling All Members

NEW! Volunteer for Health IT Leadership Awards and Congressional Asks Work Groups
This year’s HIMSS Policy Summit will take place on September 17-18, as part of National Health IT Week (September 15-19, 2014).  Each year, Policy Summit activities are made possible through the participation of HIMSS volunteers. Member involvement is crucial in shaping the messages that HIMSS members carry to Capitol Hill during the annual Policy Summit, and in selecting award recipients for the Annual State, Federal, and Congressional Health IT Leadership Awards. Click the link to learn more.

NEW! HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Community
The HIMSS C&BI Community supports activities that promote peer-to-peer networking, problem solving, solution sharing and education. Through membership, you will obtain practical knowledge and guidance to help you effectively manage and use data. The Community holds monthly virtual events on the fourth Thursday from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Join the Community for our next meeting on March 27, for our presentation “Analytics You Can Trust – Lessons from the Journey to Value Based Care” with guest speakers David Wennberg, MD, CEO, Northern New England Accountable Care Collaborative (NNEACC) and Dorrie Guest, Director, Value Base Care, Deloitte Consulting LLP. The session will describe the journey of value based care covering a physician analytics point of view and real world value based care results from the Northern New England Accountable Care Collaborative. For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the C&BI Community web site.

NEW! HIMSS Launches Provider-Payer Community
After four years of bringing providers, payers, and health IT solutions together through the HIMSS Patient-Centered Payer Roundtable to explore payer-provider-IT collaborations and solutions that improve health and value, and foster collaboration and trust, HIMSS is expanding its efforts by launching the Provider-Payer Community. Share your knowledge, ideas, and thoughts through monthly interactive webinars, two-minute drills to the community, and social media engagement. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events the third Thursday of most months from 4-5 p.m. (ET). Join the Community for our next meeting on March 20, for our presentation “HIMSS14 After Conference Review: Rev Up for the Revolution – An Overview of Key Education Sessions and Keynote Addresses”. The Healthcare Revolution begins.  Our guest speakers will present a round-robin of 2 education sessions and keynote addresses. We encourage your comments during the discussion along with your conference session highlights and experiences. Register today. Sign up for the Community and be a part of the movement from volume to value through collaboration. For more information, contact Nancy Devlin or visit the Provider-Payer Community website.

HIMSS Launching Identity Management Task Force
HIMSS will launch its new Identity Management Task Force (IDM TF) on March 25, 1-2 pm (ET). The HIMSS IDM TF will focus on development of tools and resources that will inform HIMSS members on policy and technical challenges. The HIMSS IDM TF also will serve as a multi-stakeholder industry liaison group representing HIMSS membership with national and industry initiatives on identity management. HIMSS members are invited to share their knowledge, ideas, and thoughts. If you are interested in more information, please email Mike Kroll, Manager, Technology Solutions or Lisa Gallagher, Vice President, Technology Solutions.

Davies Ambulatory Award of Excellence Call for Submissions
In a continued effort to share the most exciting stories about how health IT is being leveraged to improve quality and patient safety, HIMSS Davies Ambulatory Award of Excellence has opened a call for submissions by ambulatory practices that have utilized innovative health IT-enabled workflows to improve patient outcomes. Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence is HIMSS highest recognition of outstanding achievement in the implementation and value from health information technology. The Awards program promotes EHR adoption through sharing information and lessons learned on implementation strategies, financial return on investment and value of the EHR to improve patient care and outcomes.  For more information and to discuss possible submissions, please contact Jonathan French, Director of Healthcare Information Systems. To be recognized as a 2014 Davies winner, case studies must be submitted by July 1.

Call for Health Business Solutions Committee Volunteers
HIMSS is seeking volunteers to serve on the HIMSS Health Business Solutions (HBS) Committee. Formerly known as the Medical Banking and Financial Systems Committee, HBS addresses critical areas that affect financial performance of healthcare organizations, including revenue cycle improvement, financial privacy and security and ICD-10. The HBS Committee has strong representation including: providers, payers, financial institutions, software/service vendors, clearing houses and consulting companies. If interested in serving, contact Jon Melling, FHIMSS, Chair, HBS Committee, at the link above.

Davies Public Health Award Call for Submissions
The HIMSS Davies Public Health Award program has opened a call for submissions by public health organizations that have utilized innovative health IT-enabled workflows to improve population health. For more information and to discuss possible submissions, please contact Jonathan French, Director of Healthcare Information Systems. To be recognized as a 2014 Davies Public Health Award winner, case studies must be submitted by June 30.

Be Recognized for EHR-Enabled Quality Improvement: HIMSS Stories of Success!
The HIMSS Stories of Success program has been expanded to accept submissions from Ambulatory and Community Health Organizations. As a stepping stone towards the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence, Ambulatory Stories of Success highlight the link between improvements in healthcare quality and patient safety and health IT. For more information, contact Jonathan French, Director of Healthcare Information Systems. To be recognized as a 2014 Stories of Success winner, case studies must be submitted by May 1. For more information, click the headline.

HIMSS Value of Operationalizing the Data Task Force
The HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Value of Operationalizing the Data Task Force is looking to add new members to help create and take part in writing industry case studies. These case studies will facilitate effective reporting by translating data into meaningful knowledge, resulting in improved quality, clinical and financial outcomes. The case studies are published on the HIMSS website and highlight best practices and lessons learned by providers and provider organizations using information to drive improved business and clinical decision-making. The meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from 1-2 p.m. (ET). To sign up for the Task Force, contact Nancy Devlin at the e-mail link above.

HIMSS C&BI Data and Analytics Task Force
The HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Data and Analytics Task Force is accepting members to help create the tools and resources providers and provider organizations need to manage, integrate and aggregate the necessary information to support robust data and analysis that will facilitate effective reporting by translating data into meaningful knowledge, resulting in improved quality, clinical and financial outcomes. Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Contact Nancy Devlin for more information.

HIMSS C&BI Population Health Task Force Seeks Members
HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Population Health Task Force is accepting members to help create the tools and resources, including tactical C&BI strategies around data and analytics, and strategies for organizational planning and patient engagement, to help healthcare organizations use C&BI to execute population health management initiatives. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, 2-3 p.m. (ET). Contact Nancy Devlin for more information.

HIMSS Accountable Care Task Force Seeks Members
The Accountable Care Task Force is accepting members to help create tools and resources providers, hospitals, integrated delivery networks, health plans and other stakeholders need to achieve the industry transition from volume to value based healthcare through Accountable Care Organizations. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month from 3-4 p.m.(ET). To sign up for the Task Force, and to help us get to know each other’s background, skill set and interest, fill out this brief survey. Contact Nancy Devlin for more information.

HIMSS Volunteer Opportunity for Veterans
The HIMSS Veterans Career Service Initiative is looking for veterans who made successful transitions into the world of health IT. Our vMentor (veteran mentor) program aims to host questions from veterans currently re-integrating into the civilian workforce on topics related to career and professional development within health IT. If you are a veteran who would like to share your experiences, lessons learned, answer questions, and provide advice as a vMentor, contact Amy Justice at the e-mail link above.

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Chapter Events

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BYOD/Mobility Best Practices within Health Delivery Systems

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March 27
Medical Device Security Event

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

March 25
IHE USA Infusion Interoperability Workshop

March 25
State of Data Management Webinar

March 29
Embracing Innovation through Informatics

April 2-4
World of Health IT Conference

April 3
7th Annual Ohio Healthcare Information Technology Day

April 7-8
Florida State HIT Day

April 16-17
Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum

April 24-25
Nursing Informatics Boot Camp

April 29-30
3rd Annual ILHIMA & GCCHIMSS HIE Advocacy Event

May 6-8
mHealth Summit Europe

May 13-15
Second Annual National Healthcare Innovation Summit

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