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Congressional Affairs

Azar Nomination to Lead HHS Advances in Senate
Azar touched on a number of HIMSS priority policy issues during the hearing including telehealth, the move to value-based care and implementation of 21st Century Cures.

Federal Affairs

ONC Releases Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Resources
TEFCA to scale interoperability nationwide to increase participation.

CMS Announces New Bundled Payment Model
Providers will have an incentive to deliver efficient, high-quality care.

State Affairs

State Health IT Model Practices: The Georgia Health Information Network Grants $500K to Medical Practices Across Georgia
Award to spur the adoption and electronic exchange of health information.

Nine States Implement Approved Telehealth Legislation in 2018
Eleven pieces of telehealth legislation across nine states will be implemented in 2018.


Approaching MIPS Cost Performance: Recommendations and Cautionary Advice
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Quality Payment Program final rule for CY2018 in early November, it came with a surprise in the form of a change in the weighted score for the cost performance category in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

We Want to Hear From You. What are You Doing to Move Healthcare Cybersecurity Forward?
In 2016, the HIMSS Board of Directors reviewed and approved the HIMSS North America Cybersecurity Call to Action. Now is the time that we all band together and help move healthcare cybersecurity forward. We want to make your voice heard in the healthcare industry.

Predictions from HIMSS: 2018 Expected to be a Year of Value
As we begin the new year, HIMSS leadership came together to identify key health information and technology trends North America can expect to see - and prepare for - in 2018. While these predictions run the gamut from cybersecurity to interoperability and new healthcare modalities, a common theme emerged: the relationship between providers, information, and technology will deepen to provide more value to patients.

ONC Releases Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement Resources


HIMSS18. Where IT connects for health. March 5 - 9 2018 in Las Vegas.


Measuring and Pioneering Informatics at Sutter Health
TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
January 16, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00pm CST

Winter 2018 Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable
Virtual Event
January 17, 2018 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET
In this Roundtable, Evelyn Gallego, MBA, MPH, CPHIMS, Chair of the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Committee will introduce the HIMSS Interoperability Call to Action and Environmental Scan and David Kendrick, MD, MPH, FACP, Founder and CEO, MyHealth Access Network will discuss the SHIEC Patient-Centered Data Home (PCDH) National Initiative. Demystify today’s national interoperability initiatives

2018 Winter Symposium | Delaware Valley Chapter of HIMSS
January 18, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

2018 Networking Reception & Winter Dinner | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
Greensboro, NC
January 18, 2018 | 3:00 - 8:00pm EST 
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HIMSS18 Forums & Summits: HIMSS18. Where IT connects for health. March 5 - 9 2018 in Las Vegas.

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