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HIMSS Weekly Insider
In This Issue — April 2, 2014  

HIMSS issues recommendations to CMS on MU Stage 2 implementation • National Coordinator to open Institute for e-Health Policy Capitol Hill briefing • HIMSS launching Identity Management Task Force

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What’s New

HIMSS Issues Recommendations to CMS on MU Stage 2 Implementation
On Monday, HIMSS sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with near-term recommendations to continue moving the Meaningful Use (MU) program forward. HIMSS offered these recommendations to CMS to maximize the number of eligible professionals and eligible hospitals successfully attesting to the program’s requirements using a 2014 certified EHR.

Obama Signs SGR ‘Doc Fix’ & ICD-10 Delay
On Tuesday, President Obama signed into law legislation that creates a one-year patch for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Medicare physician payment formula, to April 2015. Among many other provisions in the 45-page bill is a delay in the conversion to ICD-10 by one year, to October 2015.

Add HIMSS Books’ ‘Big Data’ Collection to Your Health IT Library
Through April 30 save 20 percent on print or eBook versions of the “Big Data” collection, published by HIMSS Books. The collection of three best-selling titles includes, the Usability Evaluation Handbook for Electronic Health Records, an ideal volume for organizations seeking to purchase and customize EHRs; Developing a Data Warehouse for the Healthcare Enterprise: Lessons from the Trenches, Second Edition, a straightforward view of a clinical data warehouse development project, from inception through implementation and follow-up; and Implementing Business Intelligence in Your Healthcare Organization, an inside look at how healthcare organizations of all sizes can use business intelligence to consistently monitor and improve upon patient outcomes, workload and costs.

Rural ACOs Succeeding, but Slowly
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have long been considered one of the potential linchpins of healthcare reform, but they are still very much a work in progress, with many questions yet to be answered. Recently, in his new role as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, former ONC director Farzad Mostashari took a close look at one of the ACOs, the central Florida-based Physicians Collaborative Trust ACO, LLC (PCT-ACO), that is participating in CMS’ Advanced Payment Model ACO demonstration.

Tools & Resources

NEW! GeekDoctor is the April Book of the Month
The April Book of the Month is the HIMSS14 best-seller GeekDoctor: Life as a Healthcare CIO. Based on his highly regarded blog, Life as a Healthcare CIO, this book by John Halamka, MDrecords his experiences with health IT leadership, infrastructure, applications, policies, management, governance, and standardization of data. But he also muses on topics such as reducing our carbon footprint, sustainable farming, mountain climbing, being a husband, father and son, and living life to its fullest. As Aneesh Chopra, former US Chief Technology Officer, writes in the Foreword of this book, “John Halamka is among the few health IT leaders with success in three sectors of our economy—public, private, and academic. No matter the role you find yourself playing in the industry, you will surely find inspiration in John Halamka's words.” In addition to print, this book is available in eBook and Kindle formats.

NEW! National Coordinator to Open Institute for e-Health Policy Capitol Hill Briefing
The Institute for eHealth Policy will host two briefings this month. On April 10, National Coordination Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will participate in her first Capitol Hill briefing by providing opening remarks for a session on the value of health data using secure information to improve efficiency and quality. On April 16, panelists from some of the nation’s leading organizations will gather to discuss telehealth implementation barriers in rural and urban America.

NEW! mHealth Summit Europe—May 6-8, Berlin, Germany
mHealth Summit Europe provides international thought leadership on how we can fulfill the mHealth promise. This event addresses opportunities and challenges, as well as strategies for taking mHealth from pilots to true implementation. “The mHealth Summit really will be the focal point for mHealth activities right across Europe,” said Stephen Lieber, President and CEO of HIMSS.

NEW! Attention Corporate Members
HIMSS has expanded to every region of the globe. Learn more about HIMSS events, membership and marketing opportunities globally. Special offers also available for a limited time for HIMSS14 exhibitors! Visit HIMSS Global Solutions today.

NEW! Join HIMSS at AHIMA’s 2014 ICD-10/CAC Summit
With the ICD-10 compliance deadline a year away, it is more critical than ever for the healthcare industry to be prepared to effectively manage the transition. The adoption of both ICD-10-CM/PCS and computer-assisted coding (CAC) will transform many healthcare operations, processes, and workflows. Having a thorough understanding of the impact, the steps and sequence needed for implementation, “best practice” strategies, effective use of CAC, challenges and how to overcome them, and risk mitigation strategies, is key to a successful transition. Advance your knowledge in these areas at this premier event—dedicated to the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS and the application of CAC technology. Register today! (Join HIMSS at AHIMA’s 2014 ICD-10/CAC Summit

NEW! JHIM Seeks Abstracts on ACOs and HIEs
The HIMSS Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM) has opened an abstracts call for its Summer 2014 issue on accountable care organizations and health information exchange. 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.

NEW! Spring JHIM Available for HIMSS Members
The Spring 2014 issue of JHIM, the peer-reviewed digital periodical of HIMSS, is available to HIMSS Members. The focus of this issue is patient engagement. In addition to opinion pieces by leading health IT thinkers, readers will find engaging and topical pieces on the use of technology to engage patients, regulation, consumer access to immunization information systems; implementing patient engagement solutions, empowering nurses, and an exclusive excerpt of the 2013 HIMSS Book of the Year Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement. Enter your HIMSS member username and password to access the issue.

NEW! Virtual Briefing: Transforming Health Through Interoperability and Analytics
HIMSS Analytics will share the new Continuity of Care Maturity Model, a global model that addresses the importance of interoperability, information exchange, care coordination, patient engagement and analytics with the ultimate goal of holistic individual and population health management. During this May 21 Virtual Briefing, John Hoyt, Executive Vice President of HIMSS Analytics will review the stages of this new model as an industry driver to transform care delivery.

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 on May 16 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.

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 on May 2. 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.

NEW! HIMSS Leadership Essentials Conference
The HIMSS Leadership Essentials Conference on June 13 is a one-day, on-site inaugural educational program that will explore the major core competencies essential to leading a well-run and effective health IT organization today. Nationally recognized speakers will present on topics fostering the development of a successful and rewarding career in healthcare technology while becoming a well-rounded and effective leader in the industry. A CPHIMS Review Course will be offered on June 12 in conjunction with the conference.

NEW! Webinar—Protect Privacy and Leverage De-identified Data for Healthcare Innovation
On May 5, Panelists from Privacy Analytics and the State of Louisiana will demonstrate how organizations with “Big Data” leverage novel approaches to solving complex healthcare problems through open data competitions.

  • Learn about the risk management framework that was utilized to anonymize the data in the State of Louisiana’s “Own your Own Health” initiative. The framework ensures that patients are at a “very small” risk of being re-identified, and that the governance mechanisms that need to be in place for ensuring that stigmatizing analytics are not conducted on the data.
  • Understand the need for policies that support the secure transmission, access, and authentication/authorization of identifiable information for the purposes of clinical decision making.

This webinar is open to all current HIMSS members and is part of The HIMSS Center for Patient and Family Centered Care Webinar series.

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.

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.

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! 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 of most months from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Register today for our next event on April 24. Join the Community and help turn data into action.  For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the C&BI Community web site.

NEW!> HIMSS Provider-Payer Community
The HIMSS Provider-Payer Community is bridging the gap between providers and payers to achieve collaborative care transformation. We are providing a neutral environment for cross-sector cooperation in our united pursuit of health transformation. 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). Register today to join our next meeting on April 17 for our presentation “Quality Management: Empowering Payers, Health Systems and Providers to Achieve Optimal Clinical Outcomes” with guest speakers John Khoury, PharmD, director of Clinical Solutions and Strategy at Lumeris, and S. Troy McMullin, PharmD, director of Clinical Informatics at Lumeris. The session will explore quality management through an integrated approach that fosters greater collaboration between payers and providers, engages physicians and patients in healthy behavior change, and drives optimization of quality metrics in any value-based care model. Join the Community and be a part of the movement from volume to value through collaboration. For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the Provider-Payer Community website.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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 third Wednesday of the month from 2-3 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.

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.

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 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.

Members In Action

Learn more about this week's featured member

Brian E. Dixon, MPA, PhD, FHIMSS, assistant professor, department of BioHealth Informatics, School of Informatics and Computing and Indiana University research scientist, Center for Biomedical Informatics in Indianapolis, Ind., is the chair of the HIMSS Annual Conference Education Committee (ACEC).

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Health IT Advocacy Day

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Nursing Informatics Boot Camp

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3rd Annual ILHIMA & GCCHIMSS HIE Advocacy Event

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HIMSS Nursing Informatics Institute—hosted by Rush University Medical Center

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mHealth Summit Europe

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Second Annual National Healthcare Innovation Summit

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HIMSS Clinical Informatics Institute—hosted by Denver Health

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Corporate Member Spotlight

Emdeon is a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, connecting payers, providers and patients. Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO®) is the market leader in terminology services for electronic healthcare records systems. IMO’s Clinical Interface Terminology products comprise the largest, most sophisticated database of clinician-friendly terms and concepts, all mapped to standard reimbursement and reference nomenclatures including such as ICD-9, ICD-10, SNOMED CT® and CPT®.

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Juniper Networks is in the business of network innovation. From devices to data centers, from consumers to cloud providers, Juniper Networks delivers the software, silicon and systems that transform the experience and economics of networking. Liberty Solutions, Inc. is a health care information technology company specializing in application and clinical IT consulting services. Highmark Inc. is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.2 million members

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