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Case Study: How is Health IT Beneficial for Consumers? Using health IT to help individuals be more active in their health 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.

Appropriations Request (July 2010)

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.

Top 10 Consumer Benefits in Stage 1 Meaningful Use

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.

Berwick Nomination (June 2010)

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.

Paycheck Fairness Act Coalition Poll

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.”

Paid Sick Days: Attitudes and Experiences

Key findings from the 2010 NORC/Public Welfare Foundation national survey on Paid Sick Days

Comments on Requirements for the Health Insurance Web Portal ( (June 2010)

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.

Protecting Sensitive Health Information

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.

Meaningful Use Incentive Program Structure

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 Reform Implementation: Consumer Recommendations for Regulators and Lawmakers

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.

Open Letter on Meaningful Use (April 2010)

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.

Recommendations for Implementing Immediate Insurance Market Reforms (April 2010)

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.

Proposed Stage 1 Meaningful Use Rule (March 2010)

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.

Comments from Consumer and Patient Organizations on the Proposed Rule

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).

Standards for EHRs (March 2010)

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.

Back to School Sample Fact Sheet for your City/State

We all want what's best for our kids. Both parents and educators know firsthand the importance of keeping children healthy, and access to paid sick days for parents can make a real difference.

IWPR PSD Workers Without Sickdays

Back to School Sample Letter to an Elected Official

Dear Elected Official, As our state approaches back-to-school and flu season, I want to call your attention to the state’s failure to put in place a paid sick days standard – and the very real threat that poses to the health of our children, schools and communities when working parents cannot earn paid sick days.

U.S. Department of Labor FMLA Report Highlights

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.

IWPR Guide to Downloading Data

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for extracting data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages on the BLS website.

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