Plus an updated events roundup.

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In this issue: Join the Conversation with Influential Women in Health IT; CMS proposes changes to 2019 Physician Fee Schedule; Apply for the HIMSS Nominating Committee

What's New

It’s time to submit nominations for the HIMSS Health Information and Technology Awards!

Award recipients will be notified in November 2018. For more information, contact

On July 12 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed changes to the Physician Fee Schedule, which include their proposed updates to the Quality Payment Program in the Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements Proposed Rule. Learn more in this news announcement.

Nominations are now being accepted for open positions on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors. If you wish to be considered for one of the open positions, please complete the online application and submit your CV (five-page limit) and three letters of reference to Denise Ambrose by 5:00 pm ET, August 17. More details are available here.


Nominations are now being accepted for open positions on the HIMSS North America Nominating Committee. If you wish to be considered for one of the open positions, please complete the online application and submit your CV (five-page limit) and two letters of reference to Denise Ambrose by 5:00 pm ET, August 17. Find out more here.


If you know a woman making a difference through health IT, nominate her for the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health Information and Technology Award by July 23.
Hear past winner, Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono’s story in our recent Steps to Value podcast.
Learn more about how to join the conversation and get involved with #WomeninHIT.
Explore five ways to become an influential woman in health IT.


It’s time to submit nominations for the HIMSS Health Information and Technology Awards!

Award recipients will be notified in November 2018. For more information, contact

2018 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit - September 22-26, 2018 Miami, FL

The AHIMA Convention and Exhibit brings together close to 4,500 healthcare and government leaders and professionals to address and discuss current and emerging industry trends and topics. The Convention provides countless opportunities for you to learn through educational sessions, network with peers from around the globe, and discover new technologies and solutions from industry vendors providing you with new knowledge to take back to your organization and apply immediately. Choose from educational tracks covering informatics, payment reform, data analytics, EHRs, privacy and cybersecurity, information governance, revenue cycle, innovation, and many more. Make the most of your visit by also attending networking breakfasts; site visits to local healthcare organizations; a new VUCA Leadership workshop; or the Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Information Governance Institute.  

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Learn more.

Register today for the July webinar event “ Towards a fast track in digital health innovation: setting the strategy and infrastructure at Sheba Medical Center | Tel Aviv, Israel” presented by  Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, Sheba Medical Center.  Learn how Sheba Medical Center is building on leadership in research and information technology to accelerate innovation in digital health through a new strategy –  Accelerate, Redesign and Collaborate (ARC). |  #PutData2Work
For organizations that have not begun the interoperability journey, you may have questions on how to start or what obstacles to avoid.  The HIMSS Clinical and Business Intelligence Committee spoke with three organizations in different stages of the data sharing journey and asked them to share some key insights into their experiences. |  #PutData2Work
“Leveraging Health Information and Technology to Mitigate the Opioid Crisis: Policy Landscape and Steps Forward”

Every day, 115 Americans die from an opioid-related drug overdose. HIMSS recognizes the opioid epidemic requires urgent attention and that health information and technology play a critical role in addressing this crisis.

You are invited to join us on Monday, July 30th from 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT for the second in a series of three webinars hosted by the HIMSS Government Relations team, on “Leveraging Health Information and Technology to Mitigate the Opioid Crisis: Policy Landscape and Steps Forward”. This webinar serves as a follow up to the introductory webinar held on June 4th and will dive deeper into federal and state efforts to address the crisis through information and technology. Speakers will include representatives from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Washington State Department of Health.

Read a new HIMSS blog post on the opioid epidemic.
Register here.
Contact with any questions.

Health Information and Technology Job Descriptions

The HIMSS Professional Development staff along with members of the FY17 and FY18 Professional Development Committee have created a compilation of job descriptions for early careerists that can be utilized for the various health information and technology career opportunities. HIMSS defines an early careerist as someone with less than five (5) years’ experience in the health information and technology field. It is our mission is to provide early careerists the support and resources to develop professionally and become the next generation of leaders in health information and technology. Download the updated document here

Recognize someone who's making a difference in healthcare

Nominations for HIMSS Awards is now open! Celebrate the contributions of someone you know by nominating them for a HIMSS Health Information and Technology Award! This year's awards include:  

Summer/Fall Events Roundup

2018 AIRA National Meeting
August 14-16, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT
At the AIRA 2018 National Meeting, work will continue towards our common goal of supporting and promoting the development, implementation and interoperability of immunization information systems (IIS). Through formal presentations and informal discussions, attendees will have an opportunity to strengthen long-term partnerships, develop new relationships, gain professional education and training, and learn from one another.

Health 2.0’s Fall Conference
September 16-18, 2018
Don’t miss the Summer Savings deadline for Health 2.0’s Fall Conference. See what technologies are shaping healthcare now and in the next 18 months. Connect with thought leaders, providers, innovators, investors, and startups during four days packed full of curated discussions, demos, exhibits, and networking. Weekly Insider readers, save an additional $200 when you register with code: Fall20. See you in September!

2018 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit
September 22-26, 2018
Miami, FL

Healthcare Security Forum
October 15-16, 2018
Data security threats are at an all-time high for the healthcare industry. During this fall’s Healthcare Security Forum, HIMSS will bring together the nation’s top InfoSec pros to equip healthcare leaders with tactics and strategies to prepare organizations for today's inevitable security threats. Register today.

2018 Connected Health Conference
October 17-19, 2018
Boston, MA
Register Now!

Receive $100 off with code CHCMEM200

Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum
October 22-23, 2018
At the HIMSS Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum, early adopters, innovators, healthcare IT and clinical professionals will come together to share how they are aligning resources and operationalizing their data strategies – driving innovation, reducing costs and improving care through data and analytics. Register today. 


12th annual fall conference on September 16-18, 2018! Registration open now! Register here >>
HIMSS Chapter Events
July 28
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