Health IT Policy Update Newsletter - November 2017

Congressional

Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar
First step for confirmation of Alex Azar, President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Federal

CMS Discusses Meaningful Measures Initiative 
Initiative aims to simplify current quality measure sets and reduce regulatory burden with quality reporting. 

FCC Notice Calls for Increased Support for Rural Health Care Program 
The document would seek comment on the appropriate budget level for the RHC Program, as well as seek comment on proposals to promote efficient purchasing and to curtail waste, fraud, and abuse. 

The Modern Cybersecurity Era: Get Involved and Utilize HIMSS Resources 
Lee Kim, HIMSS' Director of Privacy and Security, has recently created several new educational resources on cybersecurity that we want to highlight to the HIMSS Membership. 
 

State

Announcing Colorado's State Health IT Roadmap 
The Roadmap provides strategic direction for state health IT investments and includes actionable initiatives.

Recognition of HIMSS Chapter Advocates 
HIMSS recognizes chapters who complete a certain number of advocacy activities throughout the year. 
 

News

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Personalized Care, Healthy Populations
The recently published whitepaper includes a wide variety of insights on how to improve patient outcomes through population health and more. #PopHealthIT 
 
Transforming Workflows through Health Information Exchange (HIE)
HIMSS Analytics recognizes Union Hospital of Cecil County for their validation as a Stage 7 hospital, as tracked by the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).
 
Reduced Documentation Time Leads to Increased Face-time with Patients
HIMSS Analytics recognizes Shawnee Mission Medical Center for their validation as a Stage 7 hospital, as tracked by the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).
 
What is the Current Limitation of Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Decision Support Systems?
With all the excitement coming with these promising AI technologies, we are also starting to understand the limitations.
 
HIMSS Provides Thoughts on CMS Innovation Center New Direction
In a letter to the Administrator for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Seema Verma, HIMSS provided our membership thoughts on the CMS Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information (RFI).