2020 Advocacy Updates

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Circle Your Calendar for October 21, 2020, Meeting of the Health IT Advisory Committee

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 09:30 am to 02:30 pm (EST)

Web Conference Information:  Audio: US toll free: 1-877-407-7192  International Direct: 1-201-389-0902

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Michigan HIT Commission Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Access to Session: Via Zoom session OR via Telephone: US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 517 284 9612 Password: 330300

Meeting Agenda:  Click here.

Next Scheduled Michigan HIT Commission Meeting: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Access found here


Advancing Interoperability: Social Determinants of Health Workshop

Date/Time: Monday, September 21, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is hosting the Advancing Interoperability: Social Determinants of Health Workshop, a one day virtual workshop on Monday, September 21, 2020. As part of ONC’s collaborative approach for Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), the objective of this workshop is to gather health care and human services providers from various professional societies to understand their approaches to integrating SDOH data into value-base care and to discuss tools to accomplish these goals and the challenges to reaching them. This workshop will also provide stakeholders information and tools needed for the development of the social determinants of health data management in clinical practice guidelines and maintenance of certification activities.

In the fall of 2019, four new Interoperability Needs were added to Section I: Social, Psychological, and Behavioral Data representing drug use, food insecurity, housing insecurity, and transportation insecurity of the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). Many of the standards or specifications are at production for the implementation maturity level and are still requesting feedback. Incorporating social determinants of health such as those included in the ISA in health care models is of increased interest when it comes to value-based payments. More payers are developing novel ways to address SDOH issues, however providers still struggle with the collection of SDOH data and how to use and share the data in an interoperable and beneficial way that is not burdensome. This workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to share any advancements in standards that are being used which may or may not include standards included in the ISA.


ONC Working Session: Patient Identity and Matching
Date / Time:  Monday, June 1, 2020, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

Registration:  Click here to register.

The ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) invites you to this virtual working session on patient identity and patient matching. They invite individuals and organizations to provide input and insight into existing challenges and promising innovations in patient identity and matching. This feedback will inform ONC’s report to Congress on evaluating the effectiveness of technical and operational methods that improve identification of patients.

2019 Advocacy Updates

State of Michigan Declaration for National Health IT Week in Michigan

MiHIN and MI HIMSS jointly requested that Governor Gretchen Whitmer declare this National HIT Week, September 23rd through September 27th, 2019, in Michigan.(See proclamation to the right.  An announcement about this proclamation will be made during the Fall Conference in Novi on October 3, 2019.)

Opportunity Open for a Fellowship

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative is supporting a new generation of public health leaders in organizations across the country. These leaders will get their start as Bloomberg Fellows.

The Bloomberg Fellows Program offers a full scholarship and $10,000 stipend for the Master of Public Health (MPH) or a full scholarship for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. We’re looking for applicants who are on the front lines in their communities tackling some of the most pressing challenges to public health.

To be considered for the Bloomberg Fellows Program, applicants must apply to both the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)) and the Bloomberg Fellows Program.

Applications for the 2020 Bloomberg Fellows class are now open! The application deadline is December 1, 2019.

The Bloomberg School of Public Health strives for a highly diverse class in terms of race and ethnicity, income, geography, and other key areas.

Learn more and apply to the Bloomberg Fellows Program.

Calendar of Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) Events & Activities

To find the latest events and activities related to HITAC, go to the on-line calendar to view and select items of interest.  

The HITAC Calendar contains links to meetings and work products of its committees and task forces. The public can listen to these meetings and provide public comment at the end of each call by registering.  Links to specific meetings include agendas, reports and recordings of proceedings of HITAC and its various task forces.

Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Task Force: Final Recommendations to the HITAC

Members can access the final recommendations released on July 11, 2019, documenting by clicking on this link.

Designation Received for Presidential Level of Advocacy

Great News!  The Advocacy efforts by the Michigan Chapter of HIMSS has been recognized by national HIMSS by designating the status of  Presidential Level of Advocacy Chapter.  

Advocacy Volunteer Opportunities:  The Chapter is always seeking members to join the various activities related to Advocacy.  If you are interested, please contact Helen Hill.

2018 Advocacy Updates

Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) – Open for Review and Comment
Today marks the start of the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) annual review and comment period. The ISA is an interactive catalog of standards and implementation specifications supporting interoperability in healthcare, and stakeholder input is crucial to ensure it contains the latest and most accurate industry information. Share your thoughts by commenting by October 1, when work begins to finalize the ISA for the 2019 Reference Edition, published later this year.

Learn more about the ISA and comment period by reading “Interoperability Standards Advisory: Annual Request for Comments”.

ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum
ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum is around the corner! Webcast registration is still open to virtually attend the Interoperability Forum on August 6 and 8. Learn more about this event by visiting ONC's 2nd Interoperability Forum.

CHPL Data Challenge Informational Webinar
ONC recently announced the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) Data Challenge. This prize challenge calls on developers, researchers, and innovators to use the CHPL’s API to better use the CHPL’s data available to help providers, consumers, and the broader health IT community. Tomorrow, on August 1, ONC will host an informational webinar on the CHPL Data Challenge to provide challenge details, describe the CHPL APIs, and answer questions.

Registration: CHPL Data Challenge Informational Webinar
Date & Time: TOMORROW! August 1, 2018 at 2:00pm ET

Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) Spotlight project of the week is The Common Healthcare Data Interoperability Project, a collaboration between Pew Charitable Trusts and the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). The Common Healthcare Data Interoperability Project's goal is to standardize common data elements by creating an implementation guide for database developers that assists developers and registries in the implementation of existing standards.

Learn how your interoperability project can be featured as an IPG Spotlight by visiting the Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG). Once a project is submitted or updated, projects will automatically be added to the feature queue to be randomly selected as a featured project.

Health IT Advisory Committee Upcoming Meetings
The next Health IT Advisory Committee meeting will be held September 5, 2018.

Other Health IT Updates
NIST Update: Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices
Last week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released Cybersecurity Practice Guide, Special Publication: 1800-1, Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices. This cybersecurity practice guide provides IT implementers and security engineers with a detailed architecture guided by standards and best practices from NIST and others, including coverage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. Download the full guide or download all sections including supplemental files. For questions or to learn more about this project, email

HRSA Mothers and Children Innovation Challenges
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau launched four MCHB Grand Challenges to find low-cost innovative solutions that will help improve the health of mothers and children. The four challenges areas are:

Now Available: MIPS 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide
CMS has posted the 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback. In addition, CMS posted the 2017 Performance Feedback Fact Sheet. This offers an overview of what performance feedback is, who receives the feedback, and how to access it on the Quality Payment Program website.

January 19, 2018: Latest Update to Comment Period on the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).

Draft Trusted Exchange Framework Update
Join ONC for the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework Part II discussion that will exclusively focus on answering your questions, so come prepared with your top queries.

Date & Time: Friday, January 19, 2018 from 3:30 - 4:30pm ET
Register: Draft Trusted Exchange Framework Webinar Part II Q&A

Remember the deadline to submit comments for the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework has been extended to Thursday, February 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET. Please submit your comments to For more information about the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, please read the Health IT Buzz blog post: Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement: A Common Sense Approach to Achieving Health Information Interoperability.

Public Comment Period Now Open: Friday, January 5, 2018

Deadline: Responses are due to ONC by 11:59pm ET on February 18, 2018.

ONC has just released the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) for public comment.  “The 21st Century Cures Act requires ONC to develop or support a trusted exchange framework, including a common agreement among health information networks nationally. “

  • HIMSS will organize a review and comment group, but individual members and their organizations are encouraged to review and respond, too.  Check your mailbox for the notification send on Friday, January 5, 2018.
  • All responses will be posted on ONC’s website (
  • ONC has released a series of helpful documents, including a Users Guide to Understanding the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework.
  • ONC is also hosting a webinar on TEFCA next Tuesday, January 11, 2018, at 11am ET.   Registration for webinar: Visit the website (see WEBINAR)


ONC Annual Meeting
Live Webcast sessions for November 30 – December 1, 2017

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) looks forward to your participation at the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting, Tackling Barriers to Interoperability and Usability! The meeting begins tomorrow, Thursday, November 30 and runs through Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009. Free, on-site registration will be available. If you are unable to attend the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting, you can join the webcast of the plenary sessions on both days as well as the Trusted Exchange Framework & Common Agreement session on day 1.

  • Follow ONC: Twitter @ONC_HealthIT / join the discussion #ONC2017.
  • Web Cast Access: Click here.  
  • Agenda: Complete agenda is found here.  
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