Healthcare News June 4, 2013

  • Supreme Court allows police to obtain DNA samples without warrant

    The ruling — and the heated reaction to it — defied typical ideological divisions.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Obama encourages openness about mental illness

    The Obama administration took a step forward Monday in its commitment to reducing the stigma of mental illness in the United States. At a White House conference, several hundred experts, advocates and lawmakers met to discuss public policy solutions for changing attitudes toward psychological disorders and expanding access to treatment.

    Easing negative attitudes toward mental illness has been high on the administration’s priority list amid a mounting list of mass shootings across the country. Monday’s conference was planned as part of the White House’s wider strategy for reducing gun violence, outlined in a list of executive actions the president can pursue without congressional approval.

    “Struggling with a mental illness or caring for someone who does can
    be isolating,” President Obama told the assembled experts and advocates on
    Monday. “We want to let people living with mental health challenges know
    that they are not alone.”

  • HIMSS Announces Advisory Panel for Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition

    Arlington, VA. (May 15, 2013) – National government health IT leaders are shaping the program for the 9th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for June 11-12 in Washington, DC, for the 9th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel. This year’s Honorary Advisory Committee members include:

    James Peake, MD – Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Surgeon General of the Army;
    Roger Baker – Former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs/Chief Information Officer;
    Gayle Harrell – State Representative, Florida House of Representatives;
    Dave Poisson, Esq., CAE – Former Delegate, Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates;
    Aneesh Chopra – Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer;
    Ann Kenny, National Capital Area HIMSS Chapter President; and
    Chris Panagiotopoulos, Maryland HIMSS Chapter President.

    Invited members of the Honorary Advisory Committee offered their insights into the theme for this year’s conference, “The Intersection of Care Delivery: Empowering Patients and Providers to Achieve Better Healthcare,” as well as proposals for presentations on two featured tracks: “Delivering Better Care at a Lower Cost,” and “Engaging Consumers as a Care Partner.”

    “We’re delighted and grateful to be able to call upon the expertise and vision of these health IT leaders for this year’s Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition,” said JoAnn Klinedinst, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Vice President for Professional Development at HIMSS. “At this two-day gathering, influencers and executives from the federal government, federal contractors, and state and regional organizations will benefit from the contributions of our planning committee with a program focused on tools, resources, and real-life situations using health IT to transform care delivery and connect providers and patients.”

    Full conference registration for government employees is $50. Visit the Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition website for updated information and to register.

    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 health and healthcare. Founded 52 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 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best 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

  • Study: Medicaid expansion a good deal for states

    States would save money by accepting the Medicaid expansion in President Obama’s healthcare law, according to a new study.

    The research, published in the journal Health Affairs, said states that reject the Medicaid expansion will end up paying more for healthcare coverage than states that participate — and covering far fewer people.

    Together, 14 states that have rejected the expansion will spend $1 billion more on uncompensated care than they would under the expansion, and they’ll lose out on $8.4 billion in federal payments, researchers from the Rand Corporation said.

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