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Getting the Band Back Together Post-Shutdown

It has been a week since the federal government shutdown ended. Many health IT-related federal agencies are still getting back on track.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research published a series of guide documents and blog entries on the resumption of activities. NIH also put together a convenient website compiling links to all shutdown and post-shutdown information for extramural grantees, as well as a helpful batch of FAQs.

The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s federal advisory committees and related workgroups continued to experience cancellations of their virtual meetings for several days after the shutdown. The HIT Policy Committee’s Privacy and Security Tiger Team was the first such advisory body to publicly convene as scheduled.  It appears ONC’s advisory committee/workgroup calendar will be back to normal beginning October 24.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) FAQ website is back up.  This critical source of first-party guidance regarding the EHR Incentive Program (and all other CMS programs and initiatives) was totally unavailable for the duration of the shutdown.

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