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Research Library: Health Care

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Myths & Facts about Comparative Effectiveness Research

Patients and health care providers make better medical decisions when they have access to the latest research comparing the effectiveness and safety of different treatment options. Armed with better information, patients and their doctors can choose the course of action that is right for them and their situation.


AHP Myths and Facts

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), only about 600,000 individuals, or less than one percent of the nation’s uninsured, would get new coverage under AHP legislation by the time it is fully implemented in 2008.


S. 1955: Claims Don't Meet Reality

S. 1955 explicitly preempts state laws. It prevents states from enforcing laws they have passed to guarantee access to basic benefits, as well as to prevent insurers from charging unaffordable premiums to businesses that employ older or sicker workers, or women of childbearing age.


ACOG Letter opposing draft rule

On behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), I am writing to express our absolute objection to a draft proposed regulation that would severely restrict women’s access to birth control, among a number of other serious issues. We strongly urge you to abandon any further efforts to move forward with this proposal.


Cost-Effective Screening and Treatment for Chlamydia Can Avert Severe Health Consequences

Chlamydia remains the most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States, yet up to 90% of women and a large percentage of men with chlamydial infection are asymptomatic. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause severe health consequences, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – a leading cause of infertility.


The Supreme Court and Abortion Access

The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, appeared to ensure that American women would have access to abortion, ruling out any legislative interference in the first trimester of pregnancy and putting limits on abortion restrictions that could be passed during the later stages of pregnancy. The decision followed a long history of women seeking and obtaining abortions – but with a shift in the legal status of the procedure over time.


Facts About Contraceptive Coverage and EPICC

Contraception is a critical component of basic health care for women. Contraception allows women to safely plan their pregnancies, which research has proven is critical to ensuring healthy outcomes for both mother and child.


Testimony in Support of OTC Status for Plan B

The National Partnership dedicates a tremendous amount of its resources toward ensuring quality health care for women and their families. Underlying our health care work is the fundamental tenet that quality health care is a human right and access to the full range of reproductive health services is an essential component of quality health care for women.


Consumer Vision for Health IT and Diagram (PDF)

As the nation begins to reform our health care system, it is clear that Health Information Technology (HIT) is a critical and foundational element for change. References to HIT were woven throughout the recently enacted health reform law as a foundational component of reforming the health care delivery and payment systems.


Consumer Vision for Health IT and Diagram (Diagram)

As the nation begins to reform our health care system, it is clear that Health Information Technology (HIT) is a critical and foundational element for change. References to HIT were woven throughout the recently enacted health reform law as a foundational component of reforming the health care delivery and payment systems.


NEW: Meaningful Use Objectives and Measures, by Stage

The following chart depicts the new Meaningful Use Objectives and Measures, by Stage.


Principles for Patient Centered Care (Basis for Consumer Platform for Health IT)

As organizations representing a broad and diverse array of consumer interests, we believe that the following set of principles should guide the development and implementation of the medical home model of care.


Consumer Engagement (May 2009)

The Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH) is a coalition of over thirty consumer, patient and labor organizations that, since 2005, has served as a strong and diverse consumer voice advocating for patient- and consumer-centric policies related to health information technology (HIT).


Meaningful Use Workgroup Request for Comments Regarding Meaningful Use Stage 2

The undersigned consumer organizations are members of the Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH) and the Campaign for Better Care (CBC). The CPeH is a coalition of consumer, patient, and labor organizations working on both the national and local levels that, since 2005, has advocated for patient-centered policies related to health IT.


10 Arguments You May Have Heard about the Meaningful Use Proposed Rule… And the Consumer Response

Congress provided a rare opportunity in the creation of the Meaningful Use (MU) incentive program to transform our health care system and truly improve the quality and efficiency of care for all Americans.


Ten Things to Know About Health Reform: Pointing the Way to Better Care

The health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama represents a major step forward for the Campaign for Better Care, with numerous key provisions that reflect the Campaign’s goal to improve the health care system for vulnerable older adults and people with chronic conditions.


Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology: How is it Meaningful to Patients and their Families?

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.


Top Ten Best Kept Secrets about Health Insurance Reform -- And Why Congress Should Pass It without Delay

The nation urgently needs Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance reform legislation.


Claim vs. Reality – HIT and Privacy in the Economic Recovery Package

For patients, having an ability to track disclosures from their medical records is important to building trust in health IT and is consistent with the transparency and accountability principles that are the hallmark of fair information practices.


Patients and Health Care Teams: Building Successful Partnerships - Presenter Manual

The Patient Empowerment Training Module is designed to be an interactive presentation between a presenter and a single patient or group of patients, families and caregivers. These sessions ideally last about 45 minutes to an hour and should include discussion.


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