Jeanne Scott Matthews has been one of the nation's leading health care lobbyists with more than 35 years "inside-the-beltway" — working both within and without the government, directing the Washington DC office for the Catholic Healthcare Association (CHAUSA) and serving during the first Reagan administration as senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, for the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), the friendly folks that brought you DRGs and physician prospective payment under Medicare.
Leaving office at the end of President Reagan's first term in December 1984, she noted the piles of "paper" she had generated for the nation's health care system, literally boxes and boxes duplicated in 5,500 hospitals, 55,000 pharmacies, and 650,000 physician offices. An Epiphany! She was personally responsible for having deforested vast acres of land for this paper now plastering the health care industry. Reformed, since then she has tried to atone herself by working for change in the way the way information is processed in health care — trying to save at least some of the estimated 18–25% of health care spending that is "administrative overhead" — perhaps as much as $500 BILLION in 2008 alone.
She was instrumental in founding the Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions (AFEHCT), served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Workgroup on EDI in Health Care (WEDI), and helped draft the original "Bond Bill" which became the administrative simplification provisions in HIPAA. In 2003, she was presented with a plaque, naming her "Grandmother of HIPAA" by AFEHCT, for her work getting the this landmark health care information technology and privacy legislation drafted, passed and implemented. She has headed an industry task force on the issues of health care privacy and security.
Health Care Issues Up the Wahzoo
We have a laundry list of issues facing the US health care industry, from 47.6 million uninsured, another 60 million "underinsured" with unmanageable deductibles and co-pays that have made health care bills the number one cause of personal bankruptcies, to 25 million "baby-boomers" about to start flooding the Medicare program; from double-digit increases in health care costs to bioterrorism -- and everything in between. What to do, what to do. Come and see what is happening and what you may be able to do about it.
HIP-HIP-Hooray! HIPAA, phases 2, 3, and 4 or More
Think you had just about enough of HIPAA? Well think again. HIPAA phases 2, 3 and 4 are already under way. Jeanne Scott wrote the first piece of HIPAA-legislation in 1989 and she has been called the "grandmother of HIPAA." She'll be glad to tell you about what's coming next.
110th Congress: What Can We Expect?
Wow! The Democrats have full control in the House and at least a share in the Senate (depending on the day of the week with Joe Lieberman) and President Bush's domestic agenda is in shambles. But wait, he still controls the power of the veto and the Dems haven't a chance to muster the 60 votes needed to override a filibuster in the Senate. Does that mean hopeless deadlock? Or will we see lots of really cool "on the record" votes on issues near and dear to the electorate in anticipation of Election 2008.
Pharmaceuticals: Two Ways to Make a Lot of Money in this Country, Legal and Illegal Drug Dealing: Let's Try to Stay Legal
What's does the future portend for the US pharmaceutical industry? Price controls and regulations yes, but what about other things that are on the drawing board. How to stay one step ahead of the law.
Reform U.S. Health Care...Or Else
A "fire and brimstone" "bring 'em back to the Lord" (Jeanne's husband is a minister, in case you were wondering) presentation laying out the options for "saving" American health care from the impending tsunami of debt, uninsured, and the 2008 Presidential elections ... or can it be "saved" at all? Will "consumer-driven health care" (CDHC) coupled with very high tax-exempt deductible (HSA) plans as proposed by President Bush save the day? What are the alternatives under consideration? What are their prospects?
It's Health Care Stupid!
Elections 2008! What can we expect? What are the candidates and parties saying they will do? If as expected by most experts, the Democrats expand their control over Congress in the 111th Congress that starts in 2009, and maybe even take over the presidency as well -- is socialized medicine the inevitable next step? Are we merely spinning our wheels waiting for many policy experts now feel is the inevitable collapse of the U.S. health care system? Jeanne Scott frames the issues and gets you started on finding the solutions.
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