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Businesses Must Improve Their Family Policies—For ‘Distressed Babies’ and All Workers - RH Reality Check

“Business owners play a key role in confirming that family-friendly workplace policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave are win-win for employees and employers,” Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership, told RH Reality Check.

News Coverage | March 7, 2014

Congress wants meaningful use to address health disparities - EHR Intelligence

News Coverage | March 7, 2014

Calif. legislators seek help for LGBT population through Meaningful Use - Clinical Innovation + Technology

Meaningful Use could help reduce health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to California legislators.

News Coverage | March 6, 2014

Lawmakers Urge Obama Admin to Leverage Meaningful Use Program to Reduce Health Disparities - HIT Consultant

The members provided recommendations to the administration about integrating disparity reduction opportunities in Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program and encouraged the administration to look at key tenets of the Consumer Partnership for eHealth’s Disparities Action Plan for guidance.

News Coverage | March 6, 2014

Paid sick day protection gains steam across the U.S. - CNNMoney

Concerns over what paid sick leave could mean for small businesses owners have led to what Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, calls a “counter trend” — legislatures enacting laws against paid sick leave before support for the measure can take hold.

News Coverage | February 28, 2014 |

Baby steps - The Economist

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, a campaign group, the payroll tax costs employees less than $2.25 per month. And when employees use PFL instead of relying on employer-provided paid leave, businesses save money. Indeed 9% of Californian businesses said that PFL had generated cost savings for their firm.

News Coverage | February 26, 2014

AROUND THE HILL - Politico Pulse

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Donna Edwards, and others participate in a discussion hosted by the National Partnership for Women & Families at 11 a.m. in SVC 212-10.

News Coverage | February 26, 2014

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

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 |

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

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

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


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

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

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

‘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

MU Stage 3 In The Works - Health IT Outcomes

The plan for Stage 3 Meaningful Use is currently being drafted and is expected to ready for submission to the Health IT Policy Committee on the Feb. 14, reports Healthcare IT News.

News Coverage | February 12, 2014

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

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

News Coverage | February 11, 2014

Guarantee of paid sick days stirs debate -

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

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