Healthcare News June 15, 2012

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Bishops discuss HHS mandate, face backlash

    Controversy over the Obama administration’s birth-control coverage mandate might have fallen from the headlines, but it was at the top of the agenda at a meeting of U.S. Catholic bishops in Atlanta this week. The gathering, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, resulted in the passage of a statement that repeated the Catholic hierarchy’s objection to the mandate — that it violates the religious freedom of Catholics who object to birth control or consider some forms tantamount to abortion.

    “For decades, the Bishops have led the fight against such government incursions on conscience, particularly in the area of healthcare,” the statement reads. “Far from making us waver in this longstanding commitment, the unprecedented magnitude of this latest threat has only strengthened our resolve to maintain that consistent view.”

    The meeting came as Catholic dioceses announced that they would hold a special series of events from June 21 to July 4 to promote, in part, activism against the mandate. The bishops’ assembly discussed the plans, which include distributing yard signs and car magnets, and how to “bring about unity” in the church, in the words of William E. Lori, the archbishop of Baltimore. The group also mentioned cases against the mandate.

  • Senate Democrats beat back attempts to defund healthcare law

    The skirmishes came days before the Supreme Court is set to rule on whether Obama’s signature law is constitutional

  • GOP senators want answers on health law’s ‘PR campaign’

    Senate Republicans want to know why the administration permitted a $20 million
    public relations contract to promote the healthcare law.

  • HIMSS G7 Works to Improve Business Environment for Health IT in Developing Countries

    CHICAGO (June 6, 2012) – In response to the rapidly evolving arena of healthcare HIMSS G7, a World Bank-endorsed thought leadership assembly released a white paper that discusses strategic issues related to improving the investment climate and business environment for health information technology (IT) and management systems in developing countries.

    The report, Advancing Global Health IT: A Consultation with the World Bank at HIMSS12  offers an overview of the World Bank Group’s involvement in the healthcare sector, identifying business opportunities and the role health IT can play within emerging global markets.

    “The World Bank Group, comprised of five global institutions, is focusing on developing countries and these areas often need health IT to build healthcare capacity,” said John Casillas, Senior Vice President, HIMSS Business-Centered systems. “Our consultation with the World Bank at HIMSS Annual Conference was fascinating because it shed light on activities being advanced by the Bank where HIMSS can offer assistance through projects, tools and educational programs, and the work of our members, to improve global health through optimum use of technology.”

    HIMSS G7 meets three times per year to realize the healthcare financial network of the future. The most recent gathering was a HIMSS G7 World Bank Consultation held during HIMSS12 in Las Vegas. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 25. The HIMSS G7 is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, LexisNexis, Optum and Sentry Data Systems.

    “Transforming healthcare into an information-driven sector requires investment, but it is one that benefits not just the healthcare industry but the economy as a whole. The World Bank has a key opportunity to collaborate with health IT vendors to accelerate the investment and drive innovation that improves overall growth, population health and productivity,” said Dr. Andrew Litt, Chief Medical Officer, Dell Inc., who participated in HIMSS G7 World Bank Consultation at the Annual Conference.

    For more information on the G7, contact John Casillas at or visit the HIMSS website.

    About HIMSS                       

    HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at

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