Mid Week Miscellany

The Red Sox are clobbering the Rockies so why not do a little blogging?

  • The Health Information Technology Standards Panel has released a privacy and security architecture for electronic medical records.
  • The Employee Benefits Research Institute has released its 10th annual study on consumer confidence in our health care system. The interesting twist is that high medical costs are encouraging Americans to take better care of themselves and talk with their doctors about the cost of medical care. Aren’t these the primary objectives of consumer driven health care? In this regard, CIGNA just released a two year study of its consumer driven health plans which finds that medical trend and member out of pockets costs were significant lower for consumer driven plan members as compared to CIGNA PPO plan members.
  • Washington Post correspondent Steve Barr held on online chat today with OPM Deputy Associate Director Kathy McGettigan.