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HIMSS14, Monday: Five things to know today - Clinical Innovation + Technology

There is a continuum for engagement, said Christine Bechtel, president of Bechtel Health Advisory Group and advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families. Patients are enthusiastic about the ability to access their healthcare information and she cited a survey that found patients with such access feel their physician is more trustworthy.

News Coverage | February 23, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Why your sick co-worker insists on coming in - CBS MoneyWatch

Almost 40 million U.S. workers lack paid sick leave, the National Partnership for Women & Families notes. Its report found that almost one-quarter of adults have either lost a job or been threatened with firing for taking time off to deal with an illness or a sick dependent.

News Coverage | February 20, 2014 | Campaigns, Work and Family

Balancing family and work shouldn't be hazardous to your employment - Los Angeles Times

A recent survey of 1,000 likely voters, commissioned by American Women, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Rockefeller Family Fund, shows that a broad demographic swath of voters support family-friendly legislation and will cast their votes accordingly. The poll indicates voters are in favor of policy changes, including making it harder for employers to pay women less than men for similar work, guaranteeing workers the ability to earn paid sick time, and creating a national paid family and medical leave fund.

News Coverage | February 19, 2014 | Work and Family

Feb 19: Groups Weigh In on Success of HITECH Act, Meaningful Use - EMR Industry

Meanwhile, the National Partnership for Women & Families in a release noted the HITECH Act has greatly improved patients’ access to their health information, allowing many patients to: Access health information within hours or days of a clinical visit or hospital discharge; Contribute to their health records by emailing doctors with corrections or additional data; and View online, download or transmit their own health records.

News Coverage | February 19, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

HEALTH IT ADVOCATE: “FINISH THE JOB” - Politico Pulse

But much more work remains to fully implement health IT in ways that help our health care system meet the needs of patients, caregivers and providers. We have a responsibility to patients and families to finish the job,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | February 18, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Groups Weigh In on Success of HITECH Act, Meaningful Use - iHealthBeat

The HITECH Act, which was included in a larger economic stimulus package, officially created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the meaningful use program.

News Coverage | February 18, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Patient Advocates Celebrate Five Years of HITECH - Bloomberg BNA

Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement that the widespread use of electronic health records by providers made possible by the HITECH Act’s Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs are “helping to facilitate much-needed culture change by empowering patients.”

News Coverage | February 18, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Panel urges HIT focus on medication adherence - Healthcare Risk Management Review

Health Information Technology (HIT) policy needs to focus on improving patient medication adherence in order to realize the goals of improving patient health and achieving cost savings in the US health care system, according to an expert panel convened by NEHI (Network for Excellence in Health Innovation) and Prescriptions for a Healthy America.

News Coverage | February 13, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

‘Mad Men’ era of U.S. family policy coming to an end? - Washington Post

“This is a reflection of the strong recognition across the country, across region, across class, race, and gender, that something needs to change,” said Vicki Shabo, director of the work and family programs at the National Partnership.

News Coverage | February 12, 2014 | Campaigns, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Women Get Less Paid Leave Than Men - ThinkProgress

Women are far less likely than men to get paid leave from their workplaces, according to a new survey commissioned by American Women, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and the Rockefeller Family Fund.

News Coverage | February 12, 2014 | Work and Family

MU Stage 3 In The Works - Health IT Outcomes

Consumer Partnership for eHealth offered its assessment of Stage 3, writing, “The Meaningful Use program must incorporate infrastructure and uses of certified EHRs that will reduce health disparities as a measurable health outcome. To this end, we have come together to create an evidence-based action plan for leveraging the EHR Incentive Program to reduce health disparities.

News Coverage | February 12, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

West Virginia Legislator Attempts to Add Anti-Choice Amendments to Pregnancy Discrimination Bill - RH Reality Check

News Coverage | February 11, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Guarantee of paid sick days stirs debate - NorthJersey.com

The push for sick-leave legislation began in San Francisco, where a group of restaurant workers organized support for a measure that was put on the ballot in November 2006, and won with 61 percent of the vote, said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.

News Coverage | February 9, 2014 | Work and Family

Women Are Less Likely To Earn Paid Extended Leave Than Men, New Poll Finds - Huffington Post

"These new data confirm what people across the country have long known, and what too many members of Congress have yet to address - that our nation’s workplace policies are out of sync with real life in this era, and women and families suffer terribly as a result," Ness said in a statement to HuffPost.

News Coverage | February 6, 2014 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Abortion rights activists gearing up in Louisiana - Melissa Harris-Perry

In November, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals passed regulations affecting the state’s abortion clinics, imposing new space requirements on abortion providers that not one of the state’s five existing clinics would be able to meet.

News Coverage | February 1, 2014 | Reproductive Health

Why Are Workplaces Still Not Ready For Pregnant Workers? - ThinkProgress

The majority of new moms say they worked while they were pregnant, yet their employers often failed to accommodate their pregnancies before giving birth or their needs afterward, according to a new survey from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | January 31, 2014 | Health Care, Maternity, Workplace Fairness

Difficulties for Pregnant Women - Politico Pulse

It’s now usual for women to work professionally while pregnant, but many encounter significant barriers to success on the job, according to a survey brief released by the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | January 31, 2014 | Health Care, Maternity, Workplace Fairness

President Urges Lawmakers to Act on Jobs, Leaves Open Possibility for Unilateral Moves - Bloomberg BNA

Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, praised Obama for addressing the issue, but said he can do more to promote pay equity.

News Coverage | January 30, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Women's Groups Use SOTU to Stake Out Agenda - Women's eNews

Throughout the country, Ness said, workers need the chance to earn paid sick days so they can "recover from illness and care for sick children and family members."

News Coverage | January 30, 2014 | Work and Family

Women front and center in Obama’s State of the Union address - Al Jazeera America

“The way people experience these issues isn’t necessarily in buckets," said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families. "The same person may be paid less than her male co-worker and therefore can’t afford child care, and when her kid gets sick she can’t take leave.”

News Coverage | January 29, 2014 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

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