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EHR Vendors Tell Federal Advisors They Want Narrower Stage 3 Requirements - Bloomberg BNA

“Patients want to share relevant health information with their provider and they want some control over their records,” said Mark Savage, director of health IT policy and programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | May 28, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Seattle Women Earn Less Than Men. The City Wants To Change That - KUOW

A 2013 report from the National Partnership for Women & Families found that Seattle has the largest gender wage gap among big U.S. cities.

News Coverage | May 28, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Time isn't enough: MU stakeholders want more - Government Health IT

“This additional time should be used to strengthen the Meaningful Use program and ensure that it is designed and implemented in ways that meet the needs of patients and families across the nation and improve their healthcare experience,” Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said in prepared remarks.

News Coverage | May 27, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Industry Divided Over Proposal To Change Meaningful Use Timeline - iHealthBeat

"CMS should use the additional time associated with Stage 3 to revisit the recently withdrawn requirements to send patient reminders for preventive or follow-up care," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | May 22, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Health IT industry groups grumpy with CMS over meaningful use - Electronic prescribing up - Politico Morning eHealth

“We recognize that the work is not simple or easy but at the same time, it is disappointing that, once again, patients and families will have to wait to realize many of the benefits of health IT,” says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | May 22, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

TTC Extra: Mothers, Babies, & Paid Leave - PBS' "To The Contrary"

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand & Rep. Rose DeLauro spoke in support of paid family leave at the Best for Babies event, organized by Zero To Three, MomsRising, and National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | May 16, 2014 | Work and Family

Are black women MIA in the equal pay debate? - Washington Post

Nevertheless, African-American women are heads of households in larger numbers than any other group. Some 4,078,457 U.S. households are headed by black women, and 38.1 percent, or 1,553,892, of those families live below the poverty level, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | May 16, 2014 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

C-section rates vary, may be climbing unnecessarily - Modern Healthcare

“Unless there is a definitive need for a C-section, vaginal birth has major benefits for moms and babies, both in the short term and throughout the course of their lives,” Carol Sakala, director of Childbirth Connection Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a release.

News Coverage | May 9, 2014 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternity

What hospitals don't want you to know about C-sections - ConsumerReports.org

“Unless there is a definitive need for a C-section, vaginal birth has major benefits for moms and babies, both in the short term and throughout the course of their lives,” said Carol Sakala, Ph.D., director of Childbirth Connection programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | May 8, 2014 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternity

Advocates Back Paid Sick Leave, But Opponents Won't Cough It Up - NPR

"Servers in restaurants and home health workers are the least likely to have paid sick time and the most likely to have contact with the public," says Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | May 8, 2014 | Work and Family

The Drive To Ban Mandated Paid Sick Days - Al Jazeera America

Eleven states have enacted paid-sick-day pre-emption laws since 2011. New research from the National Partnership for Women and Families shows that six more states are considering kill-shot bills. The NPWF has found that some of these bills have even more extreme consequences than just banning paid-sick-day requirements...

News Coverage | May 6, 2014 | Work and Family

Best & Worst States for Working Moms - Wallet Hub

While women now comprise roughly half of the American workforce, they make about two-thirds as much as men and have far less upward mobility, as evidenced by the fact that less than 5% of Fortune 500 companies have female chief executives. Even the new crop of high-profile female CEOs seems to be drastically underpaid relative to their peers.

News Coverage | May 5, 2014 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

White House Steps Up Effort to Confirm Federal Judges - New York Times

“One just has to be awake and aware to be worried,” said Judith L. Lichtman, a senior adviser to the National Partnership for Women and Families, one of several liberal organizations dedicated to issues like women’s rights, gay rights and the environment that are trying to refocus Democrats’ attention on the courts.

News Coverage | April 29, 2014 | Judges and Supreme Court

Gender wage gap for federal workers is shrinking, OPM reports - The Baltimore Sun

"Any wage gap between men and women has impacts for families," said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, a Washington-based advocacy group. "It's dollars and cents. It's putting food on the table. It's being able to afford mortgage and rent payments."

News Coverage | April 28, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Too sick to work? - Safety+Health

“If that person must go to work to put food on their table, that means they are risking their own health and the health of their co-workers,” said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for the Washington-based National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | April 27, 2014 | Work and Family

How Medicare Data Could Revolutionize Health Care - Yahoo! News

Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, told USA Today the new data may trigger a sea change in health care. “I think this is very exciting and it has been a long time coming,” she said. “I think it’s part of a much larger cultural change in health care… There are a lot of times people think they’re doing the right thing, but until they step back and see the data and compare to others, they may not realize they are consistent with best practices or their peers.”

News Coverage | April 23, 2014 | Health Care

Low pay a source of worker stress - Australian Associated Press/Yahoo! News Australia

“Mothers and fathers are trying to put food on the table and give their children a better life,” says Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | April 15, 2014 | Work and Family

Why Do Bosses Want Their Employees’ Salaries to Be Secret? - The Nation

The Paycheck Fairness Act would have shielded workers from retaliation if they discuss their salaries with coworkers. Employers would have had to “prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons,” according to the National Partnership for Women & Families. In addition, the bill would have closed disparities in the legal remedies available for violations of the Equal Pay Act, so workers could claim the same kinds of damages provided under other wage discrimination laws.

News Coverage | April 11, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

First look at Medicare data in 35 years - USA Today

"I think this is very exciting and it has been a long time coming," Ness said. "I think it's part of a much larger cultural change in health care."

News Coverage | April 10, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Florida: menos salario para las mujeres - Telemundo 51

"Los salarios injustos provocan un daño real y duradero a las mujeres, a las familias y a nuestra economía. Con las mujeres que constituyen casi la mitad de la fuerza de trabajo y sirven como sostén de la familia en dos tercios de los hogares, es el momento para finalmente poner fin a políticas salariales del pasado," dijo Debra L. Ness, presidenta de la National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | April 9, 2014 | Work and Family

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