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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Health Information Blocking

On Thursday, July 23, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee convened a hearing titled, “Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology: Information Blocking and Potential Solutions.” The hearing focused on the practice of deliberate information blocking by providers and vendors as a barrier to the adoption of health information technology.

“Information blocking could loosely be defined as something or someone intentionally interfering with access to my personal electronic health information,” said Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the committee. “It might be physicians and hospitals blocking patient information from being shared with competing physicians and hospitals to keep patients. Or it might be electronic health records vendors blocking information so they can increase their market share.”

Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) said that while there are some legitimate reasons for withholding patient information, she is concerned about the practice of deliberate information blocking, saying it is “completely unacceptable” and that it “threatens to get in the way of progress we need to make to continue to improve our healthcare system.”

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CAHPS Hospice Survey UPDATES

The following information was posted to the CAHPS Hospice Survey webpage.

URGENT: Access to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse Form is Past Due

The deadline for survey vendors and hospices to submit the 2015 Vendor Access to CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse Form was July 1, 2015. This form is required in order to obtain user account information and be granted access to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse. If hospices have not yet submitted this form, please do so immediately. Click here to see more information and download the 2015 Vendor Access to CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse Form.

REMINDER: CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 1 2015 Data Submission Deadline Approaching

The deadline for survey vendors to submit CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 1 2015 (patient deaths in January 2015, February 2015, and March 2015) data is August 12, 2015. Survey vendors are responsible for successfully submitting files by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on August 12, 2015.

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Major Players in Passing Medicare and Medicaid Legislation
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid legislation on July 30, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice is recognizing individuals who played an important role in passing the legislation throughout July.

Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. was a United States Senator from Minnesota and Vice President of the United States. Born in Wallace, South Dakota, on May 27, 1911, Humphrey was forced to abandon his dream of attending college at the University of Minnesota after a short time due to the onset of the Great Depression. Instead, he attended the Denver College of Pharmacy and completed two years of course work in only six months in order to return home to help his father run the family drugstore. Four years later, he was able to return to the University of Minnesota where he received his degree.

Humphrey would settle in Minnesota, working as a professor of political science at Macalester College, as the assistant director of the War Manpower Commission, and as a radio commentator, before running for and winning election to become the youngest Mayor of Minneapolis at age 34. As Mayor from 1945 to 1948, Humphrey developed a reputation for fighting bigotry. In 1948, Humphrey emerged on the national scene when he led the fight for a strong civil rights platform at the 1948 Democratic National Convention. That same year he was elected to the United States Senate, where he would serve for a total of more than 20 years.

As Senator, Humphrey served in leadership and promoted a wide variety of health care, social welfare, civil rights, tax reform, and jobs legislation. The first bill he introduced was a proposal to establish medical care for the elderly financed through the Social Security system, a proposal that would later be enacted as Medicare in 1965. Humphrey once said, “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life—the children those who are in the twilight of life—the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life—the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.” His legislation also created the Peace Corps, Job Corps, Youth Conservation Corps, Department of Housing Urban Development, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Food for Peace, Food Stamps, Federal School Lunch, and Head Start.

After leading the effort to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Humphrey became Vice President under President Lyndon Johnson. After running as the Democratic Party’s nominee for President in 1968, Humphrey was reelected to the United States Senate in 1971 where he continued his record of important domestic achievements until he died of cancer in 1978.


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