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Good afternoon Mr. Chairman, Congressman Herger, and distinguished members of the subcommittee. My name is Christine Bechtel and I am Vice President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Just over a year ago, I was also appointed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to serve on the Health IT Policy Committee, where I represent the consumer perspective.
Good afternoon Mr. Chairman, Congressman Shimkus and members of the subcommittee. My name is Christine Bechtel and I am Vice President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Just over a year ago, I was also appointed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to serve as a consumer representative on the Health IT Policy Committee.
On July 13, 2010 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule detailing incentive payments for the meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology. With this rule, CMS has ensured that tax-payer-funded incentive payments do not simply go to digitizing paper records but to actually improving the quality of care.
Susan Crowson is a family caregiver from Maryland who is part of the Campaign for Better Care. She looks after her father, “Pop,” who has Alzheimer’s disease, heart arrhythmia, prostate problems, low blood platelets, and is highly susceptible to other infections.
The Campaign for Better Care is a multi-year initiative focused on improving delivery and payment for health care services in ways that enhance quality and coordination of care for older patients and individuals with multiple health problems.
As representatives of consumers, patients, employers, clinicians, health plans, and other health care providers, we write in strong support of the nomination of Don Berwick, M.D., to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We urge Congress to act quickly to confirm Dr. Berwick to this important position.
In a nationwide poll of registered voters, 84% said they support “a new law that would provide women more tools to get fair pay in the workplace.”
The Affordable Care Act calls on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop an insurance Web portal through which individuals and small businesses can identify affordable health insurance coverage options in their State.
The HITECH Act provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”) established Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to providers who are meaningful users of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology.
Health information technology (HIT) provides opportunities to increase health care quality, efficiency, and access to services. But along with the promise of digital tools come concerns about privacy—especially when sensitive health information is involved.
Individual consumers are the ultimate payers of all health care - and health coverage - costs. Even workers in large businesses, whose employer contributes 100% of the insurance premium for the employee, understand that their wages are reduced to reflect the cost of health coverage offered through their employer.
As you craft the final criteria for meaningful use incentives, the consumer and employer communities wish to convey our strong belief that public funding used to incentivize provider adoption of HIT must result in improvements in the quality and affordability of care, not just the presence of technology in provider settings. The incentive program created by HITECH is a major investment that can help put in place the infrastructure necessary not just for better individual health care, but also for system-wide reform.
A number of key changes to the insurance market under the Affordable Care Act go into effect in 2010. Before any regulations were released, we partnered with other consumer advocacy organizations to write to the Administration about these “immediate” insurance market reforms to ensure that implementation was guided first and foremost by the needs of patients and consumers.
The Interim Final Rule (IFR) on health information technology (IT) standards marks a positive step forward in the nation's efforts to improve health care by putting modern IT tools at the fingertips of medical professionals and consumers alike.
The release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) incentive program for the Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs) marks a major, positive step forward in the nation's efforts to improve health and health care by putting modern information technology (IT) tools at the fingertips of medical professionals and consumers alike.
The 21 undersigned organizations are members of the Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH), a coalition of consumer, patient, and labor organizations working on both the national and local levels that, since 2005, has served as a strong and diverse consumer voice advocating for patient-centered policies related to health information technology (HIT).
The following selected findings were compiled and edited by Nicole Casta of the National Partnership for Women & Families from the U.S. Department of Labor report, Balancing the Needs of Families and Employers: Family and Medical Leave Surveys 2000 Update. These findings are based on two surveys: one representing all employees and one representing private-sector establishments.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) contained significant public funding for health information technology (HIT) adoption. This expenditure of taxpayer money will be judged by the public based on whether their experience with the health care system is improved and whether it meets their needs more effectively as a result of this spending.
Paid family and medical leave helps ensure workers can perform essential caretaking responsibilities for themselves, seriously ill family members, and newborn or newly-adopted children.
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