Health IT Policy Update Newsletter - June 2018 (Latest issue, per Oct 2018 review)

 
 
Welcome to HIMSS' Health IT Policy Update. Bringing you the latest news on health IT legislative and regulatory developments from HIMSS’ Government Relations team.   We welcome your feedback.   If you are reading this complimentary newsletter online or receiving it as a forward, please subscribe!
 
 
Congressional Affairs
 
 
 

For the past two weeks, the House of Representatives has voted on over 45 pieces of legislation including a bill that would promote the testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers to use certified EHR technology and a HIMSS-supported provision promoting electronic prior authorization for covered Medicare Part D drugs, among others.

 
 
 
 
 

As VA EHR modernization gets underway, HIMSS will continue to dialogue with, and provide technical assistance to relevant stakeholders within both the VA and Congress.

 
 
Federal Affairs
 
 
 

The agenda covered an overview of the CMS Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule, presentation on the HITAC Annual Report, and a presentation on the new Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force.

 
 
State Affairs
 
 
 

HIMSS applauds CMS’ commitment to utilizing 21st century healthcare solutions including telehealth and PDMPs to address the opioid crisis.

 
 
 
 
 

HIMSS commends ASPR’s approach to addressing preparedness and response through the lens of cutting through siloes and coordinating across the spectrum of care.

 
 
 
 
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HIMSS News
 
 
 

We are pleased to announce the application period for HIMSS Committees is now open. For these key positions, available for a term of two fiscal years, HIMSS seeks health information and technology policy leaders to help guide and execute HIMSS’s strategic initiatives. The call for applications closes on July 6, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Apply now.

 
 
 
 
 

Looking for a way to give back through HIMSS? We’re currently seeking health information and technology policy experts to serve on HIMSS Committees, with a two-year commitment leading and executing HIMSS’s strategic initiatives dedicated to the transformation of health and healthcare. The call for applications closes on July 6, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Apply now.

 
 
 
 
 

The deadline to apply for HIMSS Committees is fast approaching! Committee volunteers play critical roles in leading and executing the strategic initiatives of HIMSS, while finding value in service, networking and enhanced professional development opportunities. The call for applications closes on July 6, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Apply now.

 
 
 
 
 

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