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More Patients Using Health IT, Value Online EHR Access - HealthITSecurity

Not only are more consumers accessing their online electronic health records (EHRs), but patients’ trust in the privacy and security of EHRs has increased since 2011, according to a recent National Partnership for Women & Families study.

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

Health Insurance Options for Pregnant Women - U.S. News & World Report

“The fact that the Affordable Care Act requires qualified health plans to cover maternity care and offers financial assistance to reduce out-of-pocket costs is a game changer for many women,” says Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, director of health policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | December 11, 2014 | Health Care, Maternity

Patients want more from their EHRs - Healthcare IT News

"We have made progress in leaps and bounds in just a few short years," said Mark Savage, the National Partnership for Women & Families' director of health information technology policy and programs, in a statement. "But clearly there are barriers still to overcome, and this report breaks down policy implications for the meaningful use program as well as broader delivery system initiatives that must be carried out. And it's an important reminder that meeting the needs of patients and families must always be at the core of health IT design and implementation."

News Coverage | December 11, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Survey: Patients’ Online Access to EHRs Doubled in 2014 - HIT Consultant

Patients’ online access to EHRs has nearly doubled, surging from 26 percent in 2011 to 50 percent in 2014, according to new study released by the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | December 11, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Survey: Patients Increasingly Interested in Online EHR Access - iHealthBeat

Patients this year are significantly more interested in accessing their electronic health records online than they were in 2011, according to a survey released by the National Partnership for Women & Families, EHR Intelligence reports.

News Coverage | December 11, 2014 | Health Care, Health Information Technology (IT)

Consumers more comfortable with electronic health records - FierceEMR

Patients see "significant" value in electronic health records and want more access, according to a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

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

Patients like EHRs and use them more often, survey says - Modern Healthcare

“We saw a dramatic increase in online access” by patients to their medical records, nearly doubling to 50% in the 2014 survey, compared with 26% in 2011, when a similar survey was conducted, said Mark Savage, director of HIT policy and programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families

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

Patient Engagement Rises with Consumer EHR Satisfaction - EHR Intelligence

The overwhelming majority of patients believe that electronic health records (EHRs) are useful for physicians and valuable for their care, according to a newly released survey by the National Partnership for Women and Families.

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

Survey finds patients increasingly value EHRs—even those whose doctors use paper records - Clinical Innovation+Technology

Regardless of whether or not their physicians use EHRs or paper records, patients see significant value in EHRs, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Partnership for Women & Families.

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

A debate over end-of-life care - Philadelphia Inquirer

In a third essay, Debra L. Ness, of the National Partnership for Women and Families, and Beverley H. Johnson, of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, urge that end-of-life care be considered a partnership among patient, family, and medical team, a collaboration, more responsive as needs change. Insurers "must reimburse for social support as well as clinical care and must be flexible enough to evolve as care plans change," they write.

News Coverage | December 10, 2014 | Health Care

Survey shows increasing EHR acceptance among consumers - Clinical Innovation+Technology

“To date, the public discourse on health IT has largely focused on the views of doctors, hospitals and vendors,” said National Partnership President Debra L. Ness in a release. “It is crucial to hear what patients have to say about how they experience EHRs and health IT as they receive care and manage their health.”

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

Spending bill addresses military EHRs, rural health IT — ONC considering patient-generated data in MU 3 - Politico Morning eHealth

The National Partnership for Women and Families is expected to release a report on consumer experiences with electronic and paper health record systems today at 1 p.m. phone conference. The survey report includes “recommendations for multiple communities including providers, policymakers and employers.”

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

Sick leave discussion takes off in city halls, statehouses across U.S. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

As of November, 16 cities and three states have paid sick leave ordinances, according to a report from the Philadelphia Mayor's Task Force on Paid Sick Leave. But some states are passing pre-emption laws that prohibit municipalities from establishing sick leave policies — up to 11 from 2011 through 2014, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | December 9, 2014 | Work and Family

Dying in America: Report sets off discussion in Annals of Internal Medicine - Washington Post

“There may be no truer test of a health-care system than how it supports persons with advanced illness or at the end of life and the loved ones who care for them. In that regard, most would agree that our health-care system struggles and often fails," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, and Beverley H. Johnson, president of the Institute for Patient-and Family-Centered Care.

News Coverage | December 8, 2014 | Health Care

Pregnancy Discrimination Case Reaches Supreme Court - ProPublica

A recent study by the National Partnership for Women & Families found that many pregnant women are denied even the simplest accommodations, such as extra bathroom breaks.

News Coverage | December 3, 2014 | Health Care, Maternity, Workplace Fairness

Will Supreme Court endorse discrimination against pregnant workers? - Los Angeles Times

“Every family in America has a stake in the outcome of this case,” said Judith L. Lichtman, a senior advisor to the National Partnership for Women and Families, which submitted a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 12 groups committed to maternal and fetal health.

News Coverage | December 3, 2014 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternity, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family, Judges and Supreme Court

Senate Confirms EEOC Leaders - Legal Times

“Charlotte Burrows will make an outstanding EEOC commissioner, and David Lopez’s reappointment as general counsel is both wise and well deserved,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | December 3, 2014 | Workplace Fairness

Pregnancy discrimination case reaches U.S. Supreme Court - McClatchy DC

"It's really tough to think, that in this day and age, when women are half the workforce, and so many families depend on their income, that women are still having to choose, and potentially, lose their job and lose their health insurance because they're pregnant," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | December 3, 2014 | Reproductive Health, Maternity, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family, Judges and Supreme Court

Know Your Workplace Rights If You're a Parent or Pregnant - Lifehacker

There's still lots of room for improvement, as the map above from the National Partnership for Women & Families reveals: California gets an A- while Utah and Wyoming are among the 17 worst states for new parents and families.

News Coverage | December 3, 2014 | Workplace Fairness, Work and Family

Is This Pregnancy-Discrimination Case the Next Lilly Ledbetter? - TIME

“Here we are at the end of 2014, talking about pregnancy discrimination, which we women’s rights advocates thought we had addressed and basically fixed in 1978,” says Judith Lichtman, senior adviser at the National Partnership of Women and Families.

News Coverage | December 2, 2014 | Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternity, Workplace Fairness, Work and Family, Judges and Supreme Court

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