With numerous efforts under way by states and local governments to implement the health reform requirements of 2010’s Affordable Care Act, it can be hard to keep up with all the changes.
Thanks to a new database launched by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), those interested in health reform legislation now have a one-stop shop to keep track of it all.
The database includes topics, such as health information technology, health insurance reform, health insurance exchanges, Medicaid and prevention and wellness..
“States are at different starting places to implement health reform; the roughly 600 bills included in the database vary so far, depending on the state,” said Martha Saenz, a health policy analyst at NCSL, in a statement on the organization’s website. “Introduced bills deal primarily with some of the state flexibility, such as establishing health insurance exchanges.”
For the latest on health IT news and developments, check out these online resources:
- National Conference of State Legislatures Federal Health Reform, State Legislative Tracking Database. This database includes 2011 legislation, including pending, failed and enacted bills and resolutions related to the Affordable Care Act or federal health reform.
- American Medical Association Health IT Resources and Activities. This AMA webpage includes a health IT quick reference guide and an online community.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. A reference page with health IT tools and resources, projects, news and events.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This resource includes latest news, funding opportunities, programs and a blog about health IT.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. This page contains information on health IT news, events and various health IT toolboxes with tips for professionals.