Not true. Members of Congress get retirement benefits from the same civil service retirement plan as other federal retirees. Depending on where you live you many have multiple choices for medical coverage from private insurance companies. The retiree pays those premiums by withholdings from your monthly retirement check. Medical coverage is not free, and like all medical costs the costs to government employees, retirees and members of Congress continues to increase.ken wrote:That Dork daschle , doesn't care. He gets free medical for the rest of his life at the tax payers expence.
beemerboy wrote:I believe it was Mark Twain who said something like: "a lie will travel the world before truth gets it's pants on".
Devil505 wrote:beemerboy wrote:I believe it was Mark Twain who said something like: "a lie will travel the world before truth gets it's pants on".
It was Churchill
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
c) Duties of the National Coordinator-
(1) STANDARDS- The National Coordinator shall review and determine whether to endorse each standard, implementation specification, and certification criterion for the electronic exchange and use of health information that is recommended by the HIT Standards Committee under section 3003 for purposes of adoption under section 3004(b). The Coordinator shall make such determination, and report to the Secretary such determination, not later than 90 days after the date the recommendation is received by the Coordinator.
(2) HIT POLICY COORDINATION- The National Coordinator shall coordinate health information technology policy and programs of the Department with those of other relevant executive branch agencies with a goal of avoiding duplication of efforts and of helping to ensure that each agency undertakes health information technology activities primarily within the areas of its greatest expertise and technical capability.
(3) STRATEGIC PLAN-
(A) IN GENERAL- The National Coordinator shall, in consultation with other appropriate Federal agencies (including the National Institute of Standards and Technology), maintain and update a strategic plan with specific objectives, milestones, and metrics for the following:
(i) The electronic exchange and use of health information and the enterprise integration of such information.
(ii) The utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014.
(iii) The incorporation of privacy and security protections for the electronic exchange of an individual's individually identifiable health information.
(iv) Ensuring security methods to ensure appropriate authorization and electronic authentication of health information and specifying technologies or methodologies for rendering health information unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable.
(v) Specifying a framework for coordination and flow of recommendations and policies under this subtitle among the Secretary, the National Coordinator, the HIT Policy Committee, the HIT Standards Committee, and other health information exchanges and other relevant entities.
(vi) Methods to foster the public understanding of health information technology.
(vii) Strategies to enhance the use of health information technology in improving the quality of health care, reducing medical errors, reducing health disparities, and in improving the continuity of care among health care settings.
(B) COLLABORATION- The strategic plan shall be developed and updated through collaboration of public and private interests.
(C) MEASURABLE OUTCOME GOALS- The strategic plan shall include measurable outcome goals.
(D) PUBLICATION- The National Coordinator shall publish the strategic plan, including all updates.
(4) WEBSITE- The National Coordinator shall maintain and frequently update an Internet website on which there is posted information that includes the following:
(A) The schedule developed by the HIT Standards Committee under section 3003(b)(3).
(B) The recommendations of the HIT Policy Committee under section 3002.
(C) Recommendations of the HIT Standards Committee under section 3003.
(D) Sources of Federal grant funds and technical assistance that are available to facilitate the purchase of, or enhance the utilization of, health information technology systems.
(E) The report prepared by the National Coordinator under paragraph (5).
(F) The assessment by the National Coordinator under paragraph (6).
(G) The evaluation by the National Coordinator under paragraph (7).
(H) The annual estimate of resources required under paragraph (8).
(5) IMPLEMENTATION REPORT- The National Coordinator shall prepare a report that identifies lessons learned from major public and private health care systems in their implementation of health information technology systems, including information on whether the systems and practices developed by such systems may be applicable to and usable in whole or in part by other health care providers.
(6) ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT OF HIT ON COMMUNITIES WITH HEALTH DISPARITIES AND UNINSURED, UNDERINSURED, AND MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED AREAS- The National Coordinator shall assess and publish the impact of health information technology in communities with health disparities and in areas that serve uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved individuals (including urban and rural areas) and identify practices to increase the adoption of such technology by health care providers in such communities.
(7) EVALUATION OF BENEFITS AND COSTS OF THE ELECTRONIC USE AND EXCHANGE OF HEALTH INFORMATION- The National Coordinator shall evaluate and publish evidence on the benefits and costs of the electronic use and exchange of health information and assess to whom these benefits and costs accrue.
(8) RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS- The National Coordinator shall estimate and publish resources required annually to reach the goal of utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014, including the required level of Federal funding, expectations for regional, State, and private investment, and the expected contributions by volunteers to activities for the utilization of such records.
(A) IN GENERAL- The National Coordinator, in consultation with the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, shall develop a program (either directly or by contract) for the voluntary certification of health information technology as being in compliance with applicable certification criteria adopted under this subtitle. Such program shall include testing of the technology in accordance with section 201(b) of the PRO(TECH)T Act of 2008.
(B) CERTIFICATION CRITERIA DESCRIBED- In this title, the term `certification criteria' means, with respect to standards and implementation specifications for health information technology, criteria to establish that the technology meets such standards and implementation specifications.
mikeandgerry wrote:It isIf they want to standardize record keeping and transmittal formats....wonderful. But, central databases....NG.