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Hello {{lead.First Name:default=Subscriber}} welcome to this week's edition of The HIMSS North America Weekly Insider.

In this issue: HIMSS Innovation Center reaching out to RNC • Boston Big Data Forum looking for proposals • HIMSS17 call for proposals almost finished

What's New

Ten-Minute MACRA: What You Need To Know About the Proposed Rule
The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) proposed rule represents a fundamental change in the way healthcare is paid for and is aimed at establishing the infrastructure for value-based reimbursement. These ten-minute, special report STEPS to Value episodes will provide high-level overviews for the key areas of the proposed rule and information on how you can participate in the HIMSS commenting process.
Ten-Minute MACRA- What is MACRA: This episode reviews the structure of the proposed rule, including its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) component & its Alternative Payment Models (APM) component. We will also discuss the current programs rolled into the new regulation, and implications in the proposed rule for hospitals as well as clinicians.
Ten-Minute MACRA- Terms & Definitions: With the proposed rule comes a whole new set of acronyms, terms & definitions that you need to learn to better understand the actions proposed in the regulation. This episode will help you learn the new language of MACRA.
Ten-Minute MACRA- What is MIPS: A major component of MACRA’s proposed rule is the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, otherwise known as MIPS. This episode will provide an overview of that section of the proposed rule.
Ten-Minute MACRA- What are APMs: A major component of MACRA’s proposed rule is the Alternative Payment Models, otherwise known as APMs. This episode will provide an overview of that section of the proposed rule.

2016 Connected Health Conference Call for Presentations Open
Submit your proposal to speak at the 8th annual Connected Health Conference, formerly the mHealth Summit, brought to you by PCHA and shaped by our mission – achieving personal connected health for all. Deadline to submit is June 24.

Global Digital Health Forum now accepting speaking proposals
Co-located with the Connected Health Conference, the Forum brings together public and private sector organizations to share the latest evidence, experiences, and lessons learned on new applications and approaches in digital health. This two-day event is being co-presented by PCHA, Global Digital Health Network, and USAID. Deadline to submit is June 30.

Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum Call for Proposals
The Boston Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum, Oct. 24-25, is accepting speaker proposals. Proposals should focus on the role analytics can play in helping provider and payer organizations transition from volume-based to value-based healthcare. Presentations that clearly demonstrate how healthcare payers and providers are using data and analytics to improve and standardize clinical care, reduce costs, achieve population health, and make better strategic decisions for their organizations are a priority. The deadline to submit is June 7. Visit here to submit or learn more.

HIE Sustainability Models Survey Results and Analysis
From the HIMSS HIE inPractice Task Force, the goal of the HIE Sustainability Models Survey was to aggregate the collective wisdom of HIE organizations that have achieved sustainability and distill it into a set of guidelines for the HIMSS HIE Community. With the goal of identifying high-value services and conveying guidance on how to implement those services, drive their adoption and quantify return on investment (ROI).

Call for Volunteers: HIMSS Alternative Payment Model (APM) Infrastructure Task Force
The HIMSS Healthcare Cost Accounting Survey was designed to check the pulse of provider readiness for making the transition from fee-for-service to pay-for-value and provide a better understanding of how the industry can help providers manage this major challenge. Responses to the survey indicate that although hospitals and provider organizations are willing to embrace value-based payment models, few believe their organization is prepared to do so.  Healthcare providers and delivery systems are looking to the industry to help them develop a consistent approach to the terminology/definitions and business processes and tools used to support these new payment models and to build the technical infrastructure necessary to facilitate the underlying activities. The HIMSS Alternative Payment Model (APM) Infrastructure Task Force will address these and other important issues related to the business side of administering APMs. We are looking for healthcare payer, provider, vendor and association professionals with direct cost-accounting, provider-payer contracting, quality reporting and revenue cycle management experience to join this effort. Our first meeting will be held in July 2016. If you are interested, please contact Pam Jodock at (312) 507-9924 or, or Joanne Bartley at (312) 915-9251 or

One Voice, One Vision: Show Your Commitment to Health IT
Save the date for National Health IT Week 2016, Sept. 26 – 30.  National Health IT Week is an independent, Partner-driven virtual awareness week made up of local, regional and national events that offer all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite in support of the benefits that health information technology (HIT) can bring to U.S. healthcare.  

HIMSS HIE Measures and Enterprise Survey
We are inviting all HIMSS members who are interested parties in Health Information Exchange to participate in an anonymous, 10-minute online survey about your organization’s experiences with health information exchange. Click this link to complete the survey. We will be sharing aggregated statistical results to all HIMSS members as a thank you for your time and to help you better understand the national landscape of health information exchange.

Overview of TIGER Activities at NI2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25-29
RSVP for the TIGER-Elsevier Nursing Informatics Executive Round Table on June 27 and join Michelle R. Troseth, MSN, RN, DPNAP, FAAN, Chief Professional Practice Officer, Elsevier Clinical Solutions, TIGER Committee Co-Chair, to attend the Nursing Informatics Executive Round Table at NI2016 on Monday, June 27, 12:30 - 2 p.m., Room 11, CIGG. To register, email to Ying Ying Tan by Friday, June 17.

Introductory Glossary and Brochure: Health Information Exchange
From the HIMSS HIE inPractice Task Force: This resource outlines some of the key terms all healthcare consumers should know as well as questions to ask about how their information will be used.

Navigate the Interconnected World of Healthcare Technology
 Join HIMSS at AAMI 2016 held June 3 – 6 in Tampa. Healthcare technology management professionals from across the nation and around the world will come together to expand our knowledge, connect with your peers, and see the latest innovations, upgrades, and advances in healthcare technology. Education sessions and workshops will focus on six themes to help you on the job, as well as control costs, reduce risks and provide enhanced support to physicians, nurses and other clinicians. Learn more and register today.

HIMSS17 Call for Proposal open until June 13
The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition seeks compelling stories demonstrating insight, thought leadership, diversity, expertise and lessons learned on the optimal use and value derived from health IT to be presented at HIMSS17. Apply to be a HIMSS17 speaker, and share your success and challenges with our attendees. Tell us how IT is transforming the quality, safety, access and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare, what your health IT journey has taught you, how your experiences are valuable to others and how you have overcome challenges and obstacles. Register today and if you have any questions, please participate in a webinar on Tuesday, May 10, 1 -2 p.m., CT on creating a sound proposal for HIMSS17. Visit the HIMSS Annual Conference Call for Proposal Webpage or contact Deb Clough, Manager of Annual Conference Education if you have any questions.

HIMSS17 Call for Reviewers open until June 13
Help shape the education for thousands of health IT professionals. The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition health IT's largest event is known for its exceptional education. The search is on for peer reviewers to ensure the quality, integrity and relevance of 250+ education topics at HIMSS17. Peer reviewers must be HIMSS members in good standing. Reviewers are more than just subject matter experts they are mentors to speakers throughout their presentation preparation. Visit the HIMSS Annual Conference Call for Reviewers Webpage or contact or contact Deb Clough, Manager of Annual Conference Education.

HIMSS Communities - Join like-minded health IT colleagues
Transforming healthcare through technology will take all of us working together. Find your niche and start contributing your ideas to one of HIMSS vibrant communities, such as Clinical & Business Intelligence, Healthcare Cybersecurity, HIT User Experience, and more.  Our professional communities offer peer-to-peer networking, problem solving, solution sharing, education and more. Login into the HIMSS Member Center, update your community participation in the “My Involvement” tab under “participation” and get involved.

Innovation Matters

HIMSS to Demonstrate HIE Benefits to RNC Attendees
Some visitors attending the Republican National Convention (RNC) may not fully understand the value of health IT to them as individuals. As the RNC will be held in Cleveland, home of the HIMSS Innovation Center, HIMSS is preparing for this unique opportunity by designing education for all visitors. Perspectives on Healthcare Innovation will close the knowledge gap. Created in collaboration with HIMSS, the Global Center for Health Innovation and its tenants, this educational information covers hot topics including patient access, payment models, the overall value of health IT and interoperability. Read the full article.

Tools & Resources

Telehealth connects University of California
University of California Davis The University of California, Davis Health System is an integrated academic health system with a mission to improve lives and transform health care through bold innovation to achieve a healthier world. The organization employs a robust connected health strategy leveraging telehealth, clinical informatics and patient engagement to create a continuum of care.

Leveraging Emerging Standards for Patient Engagement
Patients are playing an increasingly important role in creating relevant healthcare data about themselves using mobile devices and applications. It is important this data can move with them securely throughout a healthcare ecosystem. The increased use of medical devices and mobile applications opens the dialogue around open source and non-proprietary standards with complementing policies.

Designing an eVisit
This resource highlights best practices when implementing an eVisit program to address today's healthcare industry challenges associate with providing virtual access to care. Developed by the HIMSS Connected Health Community, this information offers considerations to address while implementing a virtual visit or "eVisit" program.

White Paper: Workflow Redesign in Support of use of HIT in Healthcare Toolkit
This paper provides basic information on workflow improvement concepts, theories and components as well as software applications that can be used to support analysis of the way people work. Case studies from ten organizations who have participated in workflow redesign activities are also included.

Virtual Event: New HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value Episode- Innovation, User Experience & Health Care vs. Healthcare
In this age of rapid digital transformation, the speed at which innovation occurs often impacts success. We know this is true for organizations, but what is its role in systemic transformation? As we move towards a health care delivery system that is based more on value than on volume will innovation come in the form of wholesale transformation or will it occupy in small spaces, chipping away at the old model over time? How do we define the future state? What does it look like? Is it all about technology? Or must we rethink the way we think about healthcare. In this episode we talk with Dr. Jacob Reider about this timely topic, about the innovative use of technology, the promotion of benevolence in business and the opportunities that lay ahead for each of us to improve the health of our communities. For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at Listen to the episode here: Innovation, User Experience & Health Care vs. Healthcare

Scalable Strategies for Big Data
A virtual briefing at 11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. CT, on June 8, will uncover ways that big data plays a crucial role in helping healthcare organizations optimize business operations and patient care delivery by ensuring data analytics continue to produce key results to drive success. Gain insight into the current trends, technologies, and "micro-innovative" solutions in predictive healthcare analytics.

Next TIGER VLE Webinar on June 9, The ABC’s of the TIGER VLE 2.0
This is the much-anticipated sequel to The ABC’s of TIGER & the VLE on June 9, 12 p.m. CT. Powered by HIMSS, the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a dynamic and unique one-stop portal for academic professional, students, adult learners and clinical educators. The VLE contains vetted resources reflective of core international competencies to take you from A to Z in health IT. Over the course of the past year, we’ve made a number of improvements to the VLE for our users and we hope to highlight both old and new features of the VLE in this webinar. Presented by Toria Shaw, MSW, HIMSS TIGER Staff Liaison, Manager of Clinical Informatics. Moderated by Trisha Pongco, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS North America.

Help Prepare for CAHIMS Certification with the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
Certificates of completion are now available for the two HIMSS courses in the VLE:
Health Information Technology Foundations is a foundational course for interprofessionals new to the health IT field, intended to create familiarity with applications of health IT in care delivery. The second course, Information Technology in Healthcare, is an intermediate course for experienced interprofessionals interacting with health IT and integrating it into workflow. During the months of May and June, we are offering 20% off VLE subscriptions. Subscribe today.

Interoperability & Standards Webinar: Addressing the Challenges to Achieve Secure Interoperable Exchange of Patient Data
Did you miss the HIMSS16 Interoperability & Standards Breakfast Panel? Back by popular demand on June 14, 12 -1 p.m. ET, join us for this webinar to learn about this topic from the comfort of your own home or office! Join other like-minded health IT and medical professionals for a conversation with health information exchange and interoperability thought-leaders who are making an impact in data exchange through innovative and impactful ways.

The Value of Exchange: How HIEs Drive Value
A virtual briefing at 11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. CT, on June 8, will uncover ways that big data plays a crucial role in helping healthcare organizations optimize business operations and patient care delivery by ensuring data analytics continue to produce key results to drive success. Gain insight into the current trends, technologies, and "micro-innovative" solutions in predictive healthcare analytics.

Health IT in Action Podcast; An Introduction to TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform)
TIGER Committee Co-Chairs, Marion J. Ball EdD, Senior Advisor, Healthcare Informatics, Center for Computational Health , IBM Research, IBM Industry Academy Member, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University and Michelle R. Troseth, MSN, RN, DPANAP, FAAN, Chief Professional Practice Officer, Elsevier Clinical Solutions, discuss the TIGER Initiative, and how participation benefits members and the patients that they care for. Click here to play the podcast.

Invitation to the NI2016 TIGER Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland
The international TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) community would like to invite you to share your expertise and knowledge with us during our nursing/interprofessional informatics education focused workshop at NI2016. Our workshop, Towards Implementing a Global Competency-Based Nursing and Clinical Informatics Curriculum: Applying the TIGER Initiative, will take place on Tuesday, June 28. During this event, we will present the results of our international core competency synthesis project. We will also discuss local, regional, national and international issues faced by clinicians today. This workshop is a part of the international TIGER activities to develop a framework for informatics core competencies, to derive recommendations for education, and finally, to show best practice examples on how to make use of these recommendations. Names of all workshop participants will be included into the recommendations to give credit for all contributions.  If you would like to participate in this workshop, please RSVP to Toria Shaw by Friday, June 10.

Other Resources: Q&A Podcast: HIPAA’s Patient Access Requirement
Produced by the AMA and HIMSS, listen to Dr. Salvatore Volpe, a physician in solo practice, and Adam Greene, an attorney in Washington DC and former regulator at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for determining how HIPAA rules apply to health information technologies, discuss HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule requirements, information on patient portals, and whether Certified EHR technology can be HIPAA compliant.

Being Accountable: The Evolution to Value-based Care
The shift from a fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model represents as big of a change for the healthcare industry as the shift from paper to electronic medical records. As policy & the marketplace adjusts to this new reality, this week’s episode brings insights from the field on how alternative payment models are transforming the care experience. Listen to Being Accountable: The Evolution of Value-based Care here.

Calling All Members

Leveraging Technology for Transitions of Care, New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS
Save the date for the upcoming New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS 2016 Spring Event titled, "Leveraging Technology for Transitions of Care." This event will be held 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on June 8, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend and hear from top-notch presenters on topics such as: Clinical Informatics, Transition of Care, Cybersecurity and Care Coordination. Earn CME credits and get the chance to network with your local chapter peers! Agenda and registration information to follow available at the New Jersey Chapter Website. Register Now!

2016 Spring Event, West Virginia Chapter of HIMSS
Join the West Virginia Chapter of HIMSS at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, Virginia, to attend the 2016 Spring Event and Annual Business Meeting. This event will be two half-days beginning at noon Thursday, June 9 and ending Friday, 3 p.m. June 10. Early bird registration is open until April 30, so sign up quick. Register Now.


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