Healthcare News September 7, 2012

  • Bill Clinton to Keynote HIMSS 2013

    While Americans anticipate the November elections, HIMSS has announced that the political discussion will continue at HIMSS13 with keynote speaker President Bill Clinton. Clinton, founder of The William J. Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States, will take the podium on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. HIMSS13 returns to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from March 3-7, 2013.

    “We strive to have relevant educational content at the annual conference, and in this election year, we’re so pleased that President Clinton will offer his unique perspective on many topics of interest to our members and attendees,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and CEO. “The timing is right to have President Clinton join us, because the election will be over, and its effects will just be taking hold in Washington and across the nation. With a continued bipartisan focus on the best use of health IT to improve healthcare delivery, attendees at the conference will want to hear what President Clinton has to say.”

    William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice – first in 1992 and then in 1996. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in US history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is helping 4 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs.

    The conference opens on Monday, March 4, following the pre-conference sessions on Sunday, March 3. Following is the HIMSS13 slate of keynote presenters, confirmed at publication time.

    Tuesday, March 5       8:30 – 9:30 a.m.                                                                                                                         

    Eric J. Topol, West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine, Scripps Health; Cardiologist;Geneticist: As a leader in the movement to modernize medical treatment through the latest technology, Topol is creating new, more effective ways to treat patients and lower the costs of healthcare.

    Wednesday, March 6       1:00-2:15 p.m.                                                                                                                         

    President Bill Clinton, Founder of The William J. Clinton Foundation, and 42nd President of the United States of America: The work of President Clinton’s Foundation includes the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and is helping individuals and families succeed and small businesses grow.

    Thursday, March 7      12:30 – 2:00 p.m.                                                                                                                

    During this closing keynote, James Carville and Karl Rove will debate politics, economics, healthcare reform and other key initiatives affecting the country.                

    James Carville, Political Consultant:James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped Bill Clinton win the Presidency.

    Karl Rove, Fox News Contributor & Wall Street Journal Columnist, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President Bush: Karl Rove served as senior advisor (2000–2007) and deputy chief of staff (2004–2007) to President George W. Bush. At the White House, he oversaw the offices of strategic initiatives, political affairs, public liaison and intergovernmental affairs, and was deputy chief of staff for policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

    Education and exhibits continue as hallmarks of HIMSS13 with more than 300 education sessions on hot topics, such as meaningful use standards, certification and criteria, privacy and security practices and more. The more than 1,100 exhibiting companies – from Fortune 500 to start-ups – will showcase their latest healthcare innovations and new product launches.

    Registration will open for HIMSS13 in mid-September.

    Attendees can book their hotel reservation now; exhibitor housing will be available for booking in mid-September.

    Visit for more information on HIMSS13.

    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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  • Anti-abortion group to run ad in Charlotte during Obama speech

    A prominent anti-abortion-rights group is planning to blitz Charlotte, N.C., with a television ad against President Obama as he speaks to the Democratic convention.

    The ad criticizes Obama for opposing legislation to create legal protections for aborted fetuses that show signs of life. The Susan B. Anthony List said it will cost $42,000 to run the 60-second spot on all of the city’s major networks Thursday night.

    “President Obama and the Democratic Party platform represent a position on abortion so extreme, voters should question the president’s honesty in committing to finding ‘common ground’ in the last general election,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement. 

  • Planned Parenthood hands out anti-Romney condoms

    Planned Parenthood’s political arm is handing out anti-Romney condoms as part of its outreach at the Democratic convention.

    Canvassers with Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) have been “literally mobbed on the sidewalks” by people seeking the condoms as souvenirs, said PPAF spokesman Eric Ferrero.

    The condoms are enclosed in a bright-pink matchbook-style sleeve that reads "PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ROMNEY & RYAN IN THIS ELECTION." 

  • Fact-checkers find few flaws in Clinton’s healthcare claims

    Bill Clinton’s long, detailed arguments on healthcare are mostly holding up under scrutiny from the cottage industry of political fact-checkers.

    Healthcare was a big part of Clinton’s policy-laden speech Wednesday night at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C. He defended President Obama’s healthcare law, including its controversial Medicare savings, and took a hard swipe at Republicans’ proposals for Medicaid.

    Self-proclaimed fact-checkers have drawn plenty of criticism from both parties, as well as neutral observers, and many individual assessments of “fact” are highly debatable. In the aggregate, though, the fact-checkers haven’t found much to complain about in Clinton’s healthcare comments.

    The biggest criticism centers around Clinton’s claim that healthcare costs aren’t rising as quickly as they did in the past.

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