A workgroup established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide input into the development of recommendations for a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology (IT), including mobile medical applications, held its final meeting last week. This was in preparation for the submission of its final recommendations September 4th to the Health IT Policy Committee—a federal advisory committee established under the Health Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009.
Our health care system and the federal budget are drowning under the burden of chronic diseases, like obesity and diabetes, and their associated costs. Health care spending is a primary driver of our annual federal deficit and care for patients with chronic diseases account for three-quarters of our nearly $3 trillion in total health care costs.
Revenue sharing has been a popular topic in Congress for years, and especially this summer, as a number of proposals have emerged detailing new methods and programs for disbursing revenue from energy projects located on federal lands and on the Outer Continental Shelf.
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform encouraged Americans to engage in public service and reached out to Americans through an online photo contest to see how citizens serve their communities. We asked participants to answer the question: What does public service mean to you?
As an incentive to entice people to share their stories with us, we pledged to donate $500 to a charity of our top three winning entries choice.
Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Immigration Task Force released a set of initial policy recommendations that it sees as critical to moving the immigration reform debate forward. BPC’s Immigration Task Force is co-chaired by former Secretaries Condoleezza Rice and Henry Cisneros, and former Governors Haley Barbour and Ed Rendell and includes thirteen business and labor leaders, key immigration stakeholders and former senior political figures from both parties.
BPC’s health care cost containment report includes recommendations that would help strengthen our nation’s health care professional workforce. The report address two key concerns – how to ensure we are leveraging opportunities to utilize the highest quality, most cost-effective professionals and how to ensure we have an adequate supply of primary care professionals to meet future needs. The upcoming expansion of health insurance coverage to millions of Americans through implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased concerns that our nation will face a primary care provider shortage in the coming years.
On July 23, in an op-ed published by POLITICO, HSP Co-chairs former Governor Thomas Kean and former Congressman Lee Hamilton, called for a national debate on the NSA surveillance program. In late May, they outlined in the Cleveland Plain Dealer the evolution of the terrorist threat to our homeland.
If homeownership is more affordable than ever, why is it so tough to get a mortgage? That’s a big question confronting many families who find themselves shut out of the mortgage market and unable to take advantage of today’s record low rates and favorable home prices.
One narrative gaining traction is that the sequester of defense and non-defense discretionary spending for Fiscal Year 2013 has been much less damaging to the economy and to jobs than had been forecast. In fact, some have gone so far as to say that it is having no damaging effect at all.
As noted in one of our earliest posts on the economic impact of the sequester, we believed that it could result in as many as 750,000-1,000,000 jobs lost in 2013 and 2014 . The Congressional Budget Office predicted similar job losses and recently projected reduced gross domestic product in 2014 of about 0.7 percent as a result of sequestration.
“’The debt is yesterday’s problem.’” That’s the new cry in Washington, D.C., and, apparently, on Wall Street. Lulled by new forecasts that show deficits declining for the next three years, policy- and market-makers have moved on to the next challenges—guessing what the Federal Reserve will do (or perhaps who the Federal Reserve Chair will be) and how Congress will fund the government next year.
One should expect nothing less in the ten-second attention span of Wall Street and the two-year election-cycle attention span of political Washington.