Groups call for integrating health policy with myriad other agencies to re-shape several aspects of the environment in which we live and ultimately make healthy public policy the normal way of doing business for most, if not all, government entities.
Healthcare organizations have allocated significant energy and investment to prepare for Tuesday's historic launch of the health insurance exchanges -- and now they face a slew of anxiety-laden questions concerning the practicalities of HIXs.
The Department of Health and Human Services is putting into action its contingency plan and the number of employees ONC will retain does not even constitute a skeleton crew. CDC, CMS and NIH are also operating at reduced capacities.
As things appear today, come January, 2014 when HIXs and Medicaid programs must be operational, very few states will be rolling out a truly "no wrong door" offering that includes SNAP and TANF -- making now the time to take action.
When shopping for health insurance in the imminent exchanges, the experience should be as easy as the one at an online retailer like Amazon, but also respectful of the implications of the decisions being made on the health and financial stability of consumers.
Is this the beginning of the end of health IT's coveted bipartisan support? That, and NYeC's Digital Health Conference 2012, CDC on the verge of opening its cloud to public health, the Government Health IT Virtual Briefing, a debate, and more.
The industry association this week published A Call to Action style advisory report outlining, among other things, what healthcare organizations can do to make the conversion as smooth as possible, industry-wide.
The potentially comedic side of Thursday night's vice presidential debate, the not so-humorous calls for ending meaningful use and HITECH altogether, and a look at how hospitals can prepare for the era of pay-for-performance.