Welcome to HIMSS E-News, bringing you up-to-the-minute information about HIMSS and the industry. ================================================================== 1. HIPAA extension rate low as deadline nears 2. What steps has your organization taken to ensure HIPAA compliance? 3. House Energy & Commerce passes patient safety legislation 4. Audio conference series to explore patient safety issue 5. Governors ask Congress for $3.5 billion for homeland security 6. HIMSS launches bioterrorism task force for healthcare IT industry 7. Summit to explore national policy for addressing EMI in healthcare 8. NIST report evaluates biometric technology 9. Congress votes to prevent federal shutdown at start of fiscal year 10. Advocacy Committee speakers available for Chapter outreach 11. HIMSS welcomes NCR IT Infrastructure Services ================================================================== For information on sponsoring this e-newsletter or other HIMSS publications, contact Jan Ryon at 913-681-9025 or email@example.com. ================================================================== 1. HIPAA extension rate low as deadline nears According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as of August 26, 2002, only 89,375 of the estimated 2 million eligible healthcare entities have filed for the one-year extension to meet requirements under the HIPAA transactions and code sets rule. Last year, Congress enacted legislation to extend the October 16, 2002, deadline by one year, but only to covered entities that submit a compliance plan by October 15, 2002. HHS has created a template for compliance plans, which can be found at www.cms.hhs.gov/hipaa/hipaa2/ascaform.asp. The compliance plan asks for a brief summary of how an organization will become HIPAA compliant during the extra year. An extension is automatic for organizations that follow directions and submit a proper plan, either online or on paper. Also available online is a document answering frequently asked questions at http://aspe.hhs.gov/admnsimp. The extension pertains only to the transactions rule. The privacy rule’s compliance date remains April 14, 2003. ================================================================== 2. What steps has your organization taken to ensure HIPAA compliance? Participate in the HIMSS/Phoenix Health Systems HIPAA survey and see how you stack up against the rest of the industry. Sponsored by HIMSS and Phoenix Health Systems, the HIPAA progress survey series has become the most thorough, consistent national measure available of the healthcare industry's HIPAA compliance progress. The fall 2002 survey can be found on-line at http://www.hipaadvisory.com/action/surveynew/. The deadline for completing this survey is October 14, 2002. Results will be published on the HIMSS Web site. ================================================================== 3. House Energy & Commerce passes patient safety legislation Just eight days after the House Ways & Means Committee passed HR 4889, the Patient Safety Improvement Act of 2002, the House Energy & Commerce Committee unanimously passed similar patient safety legislation. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson has now called on the full House of Representatives to adopt patient safety legislation to reduce medical errors prior to the adjournment of this Congress. ================================================================== 4. Audio conference series to explore patient safety issue The problem: Patients are dying in the place where they should be the safest – our hospitals. With startling statistics revealed in the 1999 IOM report, a new focus has been brought to the old principle “first do no harm.” Information technology has surfaced as core to the solution of how “to do no harm” in patient care. This specially designed audio conference series, Patient Safety: IT as a Core Solution, will address the critical strategies in IT design and deployment relative to patient safety. October 23, 2002, 2:00 – 3:00 pm CT: The Leapfrog Initiative October 30, 2002, 2:00 – 3:00 pm CT: Patient Safety Initiatives at the VHA November 6, 2002, 2:00 – 3:00 pm CT: Electronic ICU (eICU) Project November 13, 2002, 2:00 – 3:00 pm CT: Barcode Point of Care Systems Registration for members is $95 for each conference or $325 for all four conferences/$125 for each conference or $425 for all four conferences for nonmembers. To register, call 312-915-9273. ================================================================== 5. Governors ask Congress for $3.5 billion for homeland security Last week, the governors of Kentucky, Idaho, Georgia, and Utah released a 135-page homeland security strategy on behalf of the National Governors Association (NGA) and asked Congress to release $3.5 billion for "first responders." The money is tied up in the congressional budget impasse, but the governors would like to see it declared as emergency spending so it could get around the procedural gauntlets of Congress. The NGA estimates that states have had to spend $5 billion to $7 billion on homeland security in the past year. Governors have been meeting with Senate and House appropriators, as well as the White House, hoping to get some emergency appropriations. The governors also announced a pilot program aimed at integrating emergency response teams and communications systems among states. ================================================================== 6. HIMSS launches bioterrorism task force for healthcare IT industry Recognizing healthcare information technology’s important role in addressing the nation’s bioterrorism threat, HIMSS has launched a National Preparedness and Response Task Force that will leverage healthcare IT’s role in support of new US homeland defense initiatives. The task force will begin its work by defining and addressing the healthcare IT industry’s needs to handle bioterrorism and other disaster events. In addition, it will provide strategic recommendations for industry professionals to successfully meet these challenges. For more information, contact task force chair Rosemary Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or staff liaison Dave Roberts at email@example.com. ================================================================== 7. Summit to explore national policy for addressing EMI in healthcare The Mobile Healthcare Alliance (MoHCA) is sponsoring the first National Summit on Electromagnetic Interference and Wireless Technology. As mobile handheld devices gain acceptance in point-of-care computing and are increasingly used for charge capture, hospital rounds, order entry, emergency department, and other applications, uncertainty regarding EMI with medical devices continues to be a hurdle. The Mobile Healthcare Alliance invites healthcare providers, vendors, and others to participate in this high-level Summit on EMI on October 15-16, 2002, at the Sands Expo and Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas. The Mobile Health Care Conference and Exhibition follows the Summit, held in conjunction with CTIA. For the complete agenda, refer to the Summit Web site at http://www.medrecinst.com/conferences/wireless/oct02/program/special/summit_a genda.shtml. ================================================================== 8. NIST report evaluates biometric technology The National Institute of Standards and Technology is finalizing an evaluation of biometric technology for Congress, as mandated by the USA Patriot Act of 2001. The act calls for biometric identifiers on noncitizens’ travel documents by October 2004. Preliminary conclusions: 1) Iris scans rely on proprietary technology that makes evaluation of their accuracy difficult; 2) Fingerprints need greater accuracy for wide-scale use; 3) Facial recognition technologies aren't mature enough yet; 4) No biometric technology works well enough to be relied on by itself. Although courts have accepted fingerprints as positive identification for more than a century, automating the use of unique physical identifiers remains problematic. International biometric standards for travel documents call for using iris scans, fingerprints or facial recognition. For more information go to http://www.gcn.com/21_25/news/19773-1.html. ================================================================== 9. Congress votes to prevent federal shutdown at start of fiscal year On September 26, the House voted 370-1 to pass a continuing resolution (CR) extending government operations for Fiscal Year 2003 through October 4. The Senate followed suit, approving the CR by unanimous consent before recessing for the weekend. However, what was supposed to be a simple process nearly fell apart as lawmakers argued over theoretical funding levels in the CR and language that would force the White House to back out of certain spending commitments made in fiscal 2002. The anxieties caused by this four-day CR are likely to spill over into the next short-term CR, as well as any long-term CR, while lawmakers struggle to keep overall spending under the targets laid out in the House budget resolution and President Bush's budget. ================================================================== 10. Advocacy Committee speakers available for Chapter outreach The Advocacy Committee has provided speakers for the Southern California, New England, Central Florida and National Capitol Area Chapters. Is your chapter interested in hosting an advocacy program? If so, please contact Larry Schoff, Advocacy Committee Chapter Outreach Subcommittee Chair, at 616-459- 8105 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ================================================================== 11. HIMSS welcomes NCR IT Infrastructure Services HIMSS is pleased to announce that NCR IT Infrastructure Services has joined as a Silver Level Corporate Member. NCR IT Infrastructure Services include consulting, deployment, maintenance, and operations management, and is backed by partnerships with leading technological suppliers. To learn more, visit http://www.ncr.com. ================================================================== For the latest industry news, listen to HIMSS NewsBreak broadcast at http://www.himss.org/ASP/newsbreak.asp. Look to HIMSS E-News for news, conferences, and informational resources in the healthcare and information management industry. For more information on upcoming events, visit http://www.himss.org/ASP/index.asp.