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					Welcome to HIMSS E-News, bringing you up-to-the-minute information about
HIMSS and the industry.

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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

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For information on sponsoring this e-newsletter or other HIMSS publications,
contact Jan Ryon at 913-681-9025 or jryon@atwood.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 nelsonr@reg1.tricare.amedd.army.mil or staff liaison Dave Roberts
at droberts@himss.org.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 lschoff@iwantdoyen.com.

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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.

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http://www.himss.org/ASP/newsbreak.asp.

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