National Partnership for Women & Families

Media Advisory: Nation's Top Consumer and Employer Groups to Defend Against Attacks on Meaningful Use

Audio News Conference Featuring HIT Experts Monday at 11AM Eastern Time
Washington, D.C. — March 12, 2010 —
Recent calls to water down the definition of "meaningful use" of HIT would mean pouring billions of taxpayer dollars into new technology without ensuring that it addresses the most critical health care needs of taxpayers themselves — patients, consumers, and their families.

In response, experts from AARP, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Pacific Business Group on Health will discuss what's at stake in this debate. They will be joined on an audio news conference by Regina Holiday, a woman whose struggle to gain access to her late husband’s medical records during his battle with cancer illustrates how important it is that HIT be implemented in meaningful ways. Together, they will answer the question, "How should ’meaningful use’ be defined to ensure consumers and their families benefit from the use of these public funds?"

Join us for an audio news conference Monday, March 15th at 11:00am ET.

WHAT
National press call to hear the consumer and employer perspectives on what constitutes "meaningful use" of HIT and to debunk recent arguments against the government’s proposed definition.

WHEN
March 15th at 11:00am ET

WHO
Christine Bechtel, Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families
Paul Cotton, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP
Regina Holiday, Health Care Consumer
David Lansky, President and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health

CALL IN: 877-419-6593
PASSCODE: 8531994

Monday, March 15th is the deadline for filing public comment with CMS on their proposed definition of meaningful use of HIT. 

Contact

Cindy Romero (202) 986-2600 cromero@nationalpartnership.org

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.

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