Health information technology plays a critical role in improving the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of care. Rapidly emerging new delivery system and payment models designed to reduce costs, improve quality, and improve the patient’s experience of care require a solid health IT foundation to be successful.
The U.S. electric power sector is undergoing a significant transition with implications for the cost, reliability, and environmental impact of the nation’s electricity supply. Most importantly, natural gas and renewable energy are projected to comprise an increasing share of the generation mix due to economic trends and state and federal policies.
Washington may have temporarily averted the debt ceiling disaster, but in the eyes of Wall Street, the debt ceiling still poses a great danger to the world economy during a time of such great fiscal austerity.
The Bipartisan Policy Center hosted a distinguished panel of financial market experts, Wall Street investors and opinion makers to discuss various aspects surrounding the debt ceiling debate and how it complicates fiscal issues around the world. The panel debated the market consequences and practical financial impacts that will result from defaulting, and they also evaluated the effects that government inaction will have on the domestic and global economy at large.
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a live Twitter Q&A featuring Steve Bell, senior director of BPC's Economic Policy Project. Bell fielded questions on emerging economic trends, the looming sequester, and legislation passed last week in the House that would reshape BPC's debt limit "X Date" projection.
An economic crisis threatens the American Dream. Real-world players confront wrenching tradeoffs. Can they act in time? Can Americans still come together to accomplish great things?
Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Senior Vice President Bill Hoagland will testify before the House Committee on Ways and Means during a hearing focused on the debt limit. Witnesses will address how past Congresses and Presidents have negotiated and raised the limit, and whether the Constitution provides options to the Executive Branch when the debt limit is reached. Read BPC's Debt Limit Analysis here.
The engagement of consumers using online and electronic tools, including mobile technology, is a central and necessary component of high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care, as well as rapidly emerging delivery system and payment reforms. BPC explored ways in which clinicians, hospitals, health plans, technology companies and mobile health organizations have innovated, enabling consumers to have timely access to their health information, improve communication and coordination with their clinicians and care teams, and engage in strategies to improve their health and health care. Participants discussed the policies and strategies that will accelerate and promote the widespread adoption of these innovations.
From Al Qaeda to white supremacists, the internet plays an increasingly important role in radicalizing homegrown and domestic terrorists. BPC's Homeland Security Project released its latest report, Countering Online Radicalization in America, which explains how online radicalization works and what needs to be done to counter it. Based on extensive research and dozens of interviews with experts and policymakers, it sets out a balanced and practical approach, which respects American values while protecting the homeland from terrorism. The co-chairs outlined their conclusions, and a panel discussion followed.
Although reauthorizations of both the surface transportation and aviation bills were enacted in this Congress, many questions remain for a re-elected Obama administration and the new congress to address. Certainly, the levels of federal funding for investment in transportation infrastructure will be affected by broader considerations of the nation’s fiscal circumstances, including persistent annual budget deficits and possible consideration of comprehensive tax reform.