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HIPAA Changes to Help Patient Access to Health Information - EHR Intelligence

“The guidance released yesterday is an important step forward in helping patients exercise their right to access their health information under HIPAA, including electronically. Our cadre of volunteer ‘tracer’ patients has found that, unfortunately, confusion surrounding HIPAA persists and often means that patients don’t get the kind of access to their health care information they need,” said the campaign’s coordinator Christine Bechtel.

News Coverage | January 8, 2016 | Health Information Technology (IT)

For domestic violence victims, paid sick time can be lifeline - Detroit Free Press

More than 43 million Americans don't have paid sick time, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | January 4, 2016 | Work and Family

Paid Family Leave Gains Ground For Private, Public Sector Workers - NPR

This NPR interview features National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo.

News Coverage | December 28, 2015 | Work and Family

We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby: The 14 Companies Making Strides In Parental Leave - The Bump

Individual families sharing their stories is the most important part of all of this—more important, even, than these companies’ policies. It’s these stories that are going to make a difference. You can start by sharing your story here with the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit fighting to make paid family and medical leave available for all working families.

News Coverage | December 22, 2015 | Work and Family

How to Tell Your Boss That You're Pregnant - U.S. News & World Report

In fact, employees have no legal requirement to tell their boss that they're pregnant at all – although their changing bodies might eventually betray the news, says Sarah Fleisch Fink, senior policy counsel for workplace programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit, nonpartisan activist group.

News Coverage | December 21, 2015 | Work and Family

4 Things You Won't Believe Women Couldn't Do In 1990 - Bustle

According to a 2008 survey by the National Partnership for Women & Families, only 16 percent do — which just goes to show we've got a lot of work to do.

News Coverage | December 15, 2015 | Work and Family

C-Sections Are Best With a Little Labor, a Study Says - New York Times

“When you don’t wait for labor to begin on its own, you cut short all kinds of physiological changes and preparations for birth that are taking place toward the end of pregnancy,” said Carol Sakala, the director of the nonprofit Childbirth Connection programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “What is the effect of cutting off those processes so casually on such a large scale?”

News Coverage | December 14, 2015 | Maternity

New Resesarch Proves the Hidden Inequality Within the Gender Wage Gap - Fast Company

In new analysis conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families, the 77¢ to the dollar figure is a median for all women collectively. "Pay inequities and wage discrimination perpetuate poverty, and women of color suffer the most," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership. "In the very states in which most African-American women and Latinas work, the loss of critical income makes it much harder for them and their families to get ahead or even stay afloat."

News Coverage | December 7, 2015 | Workplace Fairness

Top 6 Trending Payment Models Demanding New Long-Term Focus - RevCycle Intelligence

“This kind of innovation is a positive and promising step toward a health care system that rewards value instead of volume and treats patients and families as partners in health care decision-making,” stated Debra L. Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | December 2, 2015 | Health Information Technology (IT)

Study Suggests 19 Percent Could Be Benchmark C-Section Rate - WBUR

“We could shift this number downward,” said Carol Sakala, director of childbirth connection programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families, by helping women get “fit and ready for the challenges of labor, using a doula, being upright and moving around during labor and periodic listening to the baby’s heart patterns as opposed to continuous electronic fetal monitoring.”

News Coverage | December 1, 2015 | Maternity

Getting copies of medical records costly for Ohioans - Columbus Dispatch

Kentucky has the right approach, said Christine Bechtel, a coordinator with the national campaign Get My Health Data, which is working to increase consumer demand for their own medical records. “It’s such an outdated view that patients should be charged for health data that is so essential to their care,” Bechtel said. “We have to shift the mentality around patient health information” so it’s no longer looked at as competitive information or a line item.

News Coverage | November 29, 2015 | Health Information Technology (IT)

The Politics of Paid Time Off to Have a Baby - The New York Times

The F.M.L.A. was introduced in Congress, in some version, regularly between 1984 and 1993, according to an advocacy group that worked closely on the bill, only to be felled by two vetoes by President George H.

News Coverage | November 23, 2015 | Work and Family

Three Ways to Tell If Your Company Supports Women of Color - Fast Company

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, black and Hispanic women are paid 60¢ and 55¢, respectively, for every dollar paid to a white (non-Hispanic) man.

News Coverage | November 17, 2015 | Workplace Fairness

Video remote interpreting: Bridging the communication barrier - Becker's Health IT & CIO Review

Therefore, hospitals must work even harder today to be prepared for every patient who walks through the door, says Mark Savage, director of health IT policy and programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group

News Coverage | November 5, 2015 | Health Information Technology (IT)

Paul Ryan prizes family time, opposes family leave - Politico

“I think it’s very commendable that he’s talking about and recognizing that he needs to spend time with his children,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. “Maybe that’s a welcome step towards having a broad national conversation that we need about the policies that all working families need.”

News Coverage | October 21, 2015 | Work and Family

Politicians are invading our medical exam rooms - Washington Post

Opinion writer Catherine Rampell discusses the implications of the Politics in the Exam Room: A Growing Threat report.

News Coverage | October 19, 2015 | Reproductive Health

State Laws Are Reaching Into The Exam Room To Interfere With Doctors And Their Patients - Think Progress

“It’s an unprecedented coalition, and I think that really speaks to the depth and breadth of this growing problem we’re seeing,” said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, the director of reproductive health programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, the organization that spearheaded the new report. “We thought it was really important to come together and expose what was happening here.”

News Coverage | October 17, 2015 | Reproductive Health

The Strange Laws That Dictate What Your Doctor Tells You - The Atlantic

According to the report, written jointly by the National Partnership for Women & Families, National Physicians Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, more than 15 million Americans live within a mile of a fracking well that was recently drilled.

News Coverage | October 16, 2015 | Reproductive Health

Paid family leave movement follows gay rights playbook, bypasses Congress - Fortune

“This past year, in part because of heightened momentum and the emphasis that Obama has put on paid leave, we’ve seen 17 states propose legislation based on this issue,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | October 9, 2015 | Work and Family

Planned Parenthood Is Under Attack. What Do We Do? Stand Up, Fight Back! - Ms. Magazine

Planned Parenthood supporters voiced outrage over the hearings, calling them “callous” and “mean-spirited.” Said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, in a statement.

News Coverage | September 29, 2015 | Reproductive Health

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