Category: Patient Empowerment

ONC Awards Key Contract To Develop Patient Electronic Consent Trial Project

One of the key elements to maximizing electronic health care transactions is determining how patients will provide their consents electronically. Stiking the correct balance between ensuring patient understanding and ability to effectively express their consent while making it financially and operationally viable for health care providers and payers to use the electronic consent process is a challenging but critical process.

ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer recently awarded a contract to APP Design, Inc. to find an efficient, effective, and creative way to help patients better understand their choices about whether and when their health care provider can share their health information electronically, including sharing it with a health information exchange organization. The project team will design, develop, and pilot innovative ways to electronically carry out existing patient choice policies, while improving business processes for health care providers. To learn more about the E-Consent Trial project, please see the Statement of Work. ONC’s formal launch of the E-Consent Trial Project will be in October.

Finding Ways To Pay For Mental Health: Kaiser Studies Examine Medicaid & Other Mental Health Financing Needs & Options

Treating mental illness and finding a way to pay for mental health treatment present a big challenge for health plans, health care providers, policymakers and the families of Americans afflicted with mental illness. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has released two new resources that explore key aspects of mental health care financing and access, which may provide valuable insights for employer and other health program sponsors, community leaders and others working to meet the challenges of providing financially viable and effective mental health treatment to meet the needs of their respective constituencies within the bounds of their available budget.

Join Project COPE: Help Develop Real Tools To Meaningfully Empower Patients & Improve Health Care Access, Affordability & Quality

With all the recent debate about health care policy reforms, it is important to keep the focus on the practical needs of patients and their families in dealing with an illness or disability, and simple steps that health care providers, employers, insurers and other payers, churches and other community organizations, and regular people can do to meaningfully help patients and their families effectively access and pay for care and meet other related challenges attendant to illness and disabilities.You can access information about how you can arrange for training on “Building Your Family’s Health Care Toolkit,” using the “PlayForLife” resources to organize low cost wellness programs in your workplace, school, church or other communities, and other process improvement, compliance and other training and other resources for health care providers, employers, health plans, community leaders and others here

Delivery Of CBO Scoring Opens Door For House Health Care Reform Vote As Early As Sunday

Time is running out for Americans to make their health care reform views known to key Congressional decision-makers. The stage now appears to be set for the House of Representatives to vote as early as Sunday on the latest version of health care reform backed by President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other key Congressional Democrats, the Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872). Access the bill text, CBO text and tips for sharing your views here.

FREE 12/5 DFW Area Workship Offers Parents Of Disabled Children Info On Dealing With Schools

Parents of children wtih developmental delays or other special needs often express frustration and confusion about dealings with their child’s school. The Warren Center For Children in Richardson Texas is hosting a FREE Workshop on Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 9:30 – 11:30 am on “On How to Build a Positive Relationship With Your Child’s School.” Parents struggling with these complexities often experience workplace attendance and productivity issues. Employers and others who know parents struggling to cope with these issues may want to share information about this workshop or other similar resources.