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Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, Members of the Committee, my name is Judith Lichtman, and I am Senior Advisor at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Thank you for the opportunity to offer recommendations on ensuring nondiscrimination in employer wellness programs, to be considered today in conjunction with the committee’s hearing.
A growing number of consumers are embracing electronic health records (EHRs), and the significant boost in online access to health information is increasing patient engagement in their care. In the last year, more than four in five patients with online access to their health records (86 percent) used their online records at least once – and more than half (55 percent) used them three or more times a year. Those are among the findings from a study released by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Presentation: Mark Savage, Director of Health IT Policy and Programs, National Partnership, Audio Press Briefing, December 10, 2014
Nearly every stakeholder recognizes that greater patient centeredness and patient engagement are essential to the “Triple Aim” of federal health reform: improving care, improving health and reducing cost.
Partnering with patients and families is a key strategy for achieving your hospital’s goals, including improving patient experience of care and reducing avoidable hospital readmissions and hospital-acquired infections.
On average, women use the health care system to a greater extent than men, and thus stand to benefit more from greater access to their own health information and electronic tools that help them manage their health and coordinate their care.
RE: ONC's 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure
Many women of childbearing age will gain access to affordable health insurance for the first time as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thanks to the ACA, eligibility for Medicaid will be expanded and more affordable health insurance plans will be offered to individuals in state-based health insurance marketplaces.
Today more than ever, there is greater recognition within health care organizations that patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) is an effective strategy for achieving the Triple Aim.
Use Case: Heart Failure Care Plan
Many women have questions about health insurance, the new insurance marketplace, and how to choose the best health plan for themselves and their families. While every family will have unique health care needs, the following information can help women make the best choices.
For the last few decades, most federal funding for sex education has been dedicated to abstinence-only until marriage education. Abstinence-only education has not been shown to reduce teen sexual activity, pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
Use Case: Knee Replacement Care Plan
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working. The law is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. It brought historic gains for women’s access to affordable, high-quality health care. In contrast, House Republicans’ recently released repeal bill — the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA) — would wreak havoc on our health care system by making health coverage more expensive and inadequate for millions of women and families.
Letter to Energy & Commerce Committee
Senate Letter on Progressing Advance Care Planning in Meaningful Use Stage 3
Taking a patient- and family-centered approach to care has consistently been shown to improve the quality, safety and experience of care.
Women need the right tools and information to access affordable, quality care and make the best health care choices for their families and for themselves.
Consumer Partnership for eHealth comment letter on ONC's proposed rule for the 2015 Edition Certification of EHRs
Senate Letter on Reducing Health Disparities
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