4th Quarter 2014 VA HIMSS Newsletter

We need you to take action!

Problem:  Members of Congress are not hearing from their constituents about the need for action on the MU 2015 Reporting Year!

As you know, the Meaningful Use 2015 Reporting Year has begun for Eligible Hospitals and is rapidly approaching for Eligible Professionals.  The HIMSS Government Relations Team has been working with a Coalition of Organizations on educating congressional staff on the importance of providing flexibility in 2015, while EHs and EPs ensure they are able to install 2014 CEHRT.  The EHs and EPs can use the additional time to test and ensure quality and safety are not compromised.

HIMSS is directing a full grassroots effort to provide a platform for constituents to vocalize their concerns to Members of Congress and Senators.  (Additional background is in the attached PDF, entitled MU Flex IT Rule_2015_Reporting Year_112014)

Congress needs to hear from our Chapter Members on this important issue!

Action: The HIMSS Legislative Action Center (LAC) is a valuable resource to get the word to your Members of Congress and Senators on your experience with the 2014 CEHRT and expectations for the 2015 Reporting Year.  Staff have provided step-by-step instructions in the attached PDF (FlexITActSlides.Final.pdf) to help your voice be heard.   

We appreciate you lending your voice to this critical legislative action!

2014 Virginia Health IT Survey is LIVE - WIN AN iPHONE 6!

The 2014 Virginia Health IT Survey has been officially launched. 

Email from Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia

We need hundreds of Virginia healthcare professionals from all regions and all areas of specialization to participate.

Participants are eligible to win an iPhone 6

Complete the Virginia Health IT Survey for a chance to win an iPhone 6

The Commonwealth of Virginia - led by Secretary of Health and Human Resources William A. Hazel, Jr., MD and Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson - has launched its fifth annual online Health IT Survey. The results of the survey are a critical benchmark used by Federal and State policymakers to assess the value of investments in Health IT, and show Virginia’s national leadership in areas such as Telemedicine and EHR utilization. 

All Virginia healthcare professionals who complete the survey prior to Friday, November 21 will automatically be entered to win a random drawing for an iPhone 6!

The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at http://bit.ly/2014HealthITSurvey.  The survey does NOT need to be completed at your medical practice facility.  If you have questions about the survey, contact Broad Axe Technology Partners at survey@broadaxepartners.com.


This holiday season, HIMSS is giving you the chance to receive.

Register for HIMSS15 to be entered to win a complimentary four-night hotel stay* in Chicago during the conference! HIMSS15 is the destination for thousands of health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Experience exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge products, practical tools and resources, and unique and powerful networking to help you transform health and healthcare through IT. Register now to take advantage of discounted Early Bird rates and be entered to win one of three four-night hotel stays during HIMSS15. Winners will stay at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, The Drake Hotel or the Wit Hotel Chicago. To enter, submit a paid registration at the $745 level or greater between December 4, 2014 and January 5, 2015.** Register early for more chances to win! Advance, inspire and shape the future of health and healthcare at HIMSS15. Learn more.

*One of three complimentary four-night hotel stays from April 12, 2015 to April 16, 2015 during HIMSS15 at a four-star rated hotel (selected by HIMSS) in Chicago, Illinois. Prize includes room nights at group rate and tax only; incidentals will be the responsibility of the winner. 

**See Official Rules for eligibility requirements.


CPHIMS Credit hours from November 2014 Annual Fall Conference Please reference the Pdf. link by copying and pasting in your browser in order to record your continuing education hours.


People who hold the CAHIMS or CPHIMS certification are required to renew every three years, by accruing 45 hours of continuing education.

Education sessions should be related to the Health IT profession.

• Technical updates (ie, state of HIE, new methods of data storage, how to manage mobile device use)

• Professionalism (ie, certifications, project management, HIT career paths)

Each session should have defined learning objectives appropriate to the length of the session and the topic.

The Fall Conference is approved for up to 13.25 continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) and the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS).