AMA, AHA, & AARP All Express Concern about the GOP’s ACA Replacement Plan

March 13, 2017 at 11:41 am | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Several health organizations have recently expressed concern about the proposed ACA replacement plan. Although the details vary, the major sticking point for each group is that it appears fewer people will have access to health insurance under the new plan. There is also a concern about the costs for certain individuals under the new plan. Please see below for links to each group’s statement:

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

AAMC Statement on the Revised Executive Order on Immigration

March 13, 2017 at 11:29 am | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a new statement in response to the updated executive order on immigration. In it AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch expressed the organization’s disappointment that the order does not “explicitly recognize the importance of international medical graduates, physicians, and medical researchers to the nation’s health security.” He urged the Trump administration to “promptly apply waiver and other discretionary authorities to all affected health professionals, including those international medical graduates matching to residency training programs on March 17 who are required to begin training and treating patients on or around July 1, 2017.”

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

Register for National Library Legislation Day

March 3, 2017 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Online registration for National Library Legislative Day 2017 (NNLD) is now open. What is NNLD? It is a two day event in Washington D.C. where hundreds of librarians, trustees, and library supporters meet with their members of Congress to discuss library issues and policies. All those participating receive advice and training along with an overview of key issues before the meetings.

This page has more information about registering for NNLD as well as information about hotels in the area.

Can’t make it to Washington, D.C.? No problem. You can still call or email your Congressional delegation and make your voice heard. You can find contact information for your state on this page.

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

AAMC Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

February 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On January 30th, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on immigration. In it, the organization explained that they were, “deeply concerned that the Jan. 27 executive order will disrupt education and research and have a damaging long-term impact on patients and health care.” The statement then went on to outline the AAMC’s commitment to diversity and the role that physicians from other countries play in meeting the needs of patients in underserved populations in the United States.

Click here to read the entire statement.

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

Many Moving Parts…

December 22, 2016 at 10:08 am | Posted in Awards and Recognition, Professional Development | Leave a comment

Our last NAHSL 2016 meeting blog post is by Nathan Norris, Senior Information Specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Nathan is another winner of NAHSL Professional Development award.  Thank you, Nathan and congratulations on winning the PDC award!


I want to thank the NAHSL Professional Development Award Committee for the award to attend the NAHSL annual meeting in New Haven, CT!

It enabled me to participate in the poster session and enjoy excellent speakers, not to mention spending time with the fine company to be found among our membership!  Also, many thanks belong to our CPC, as the circus-themed program and entertainment were just great!

I enjoyed all 3 of our keynote speakers!:

William Powers – Having listened to his talk and spoken to others NAHSL members, I will read his book!  In general, I am a firm believer that we are well-served by spending significant, scheduled “unplugged” time from the Internet and what can be the “Siren Song” of social media.

Susan Keane Baker – I not only enjoyed her talk, but thought having a copy of her book is a really nice gesture! It is chock full of great, practical tips to promote kindness – This is something that is so important in our hurried world today, and Susan reminds us that it can be done in minimal time!  After listening to Susan’s points about making a difference, I know that I am lucky to be working with colleagues who already practice what she is preaching (As for myself, I will strive to do better….New Years’ Resolution perhaps?!)

Jack HughesWhile Professor Hughes’ topic was a bit drier than the other two speakers, it is likely to be the most salient over the next few years – at least to all of us working in healthcare. I would like to spend a little bit of time discussing this! hughes

It is likely that the Accountable Care Act (ACA) will be “under the microscope” soon with our next administration.  Professor Hughes did an excellent job of outlining the current healthcare climate driving high costs and mediocre results (comparatively speaking) in the United States.  From Professor Hughes’ presentation, here is a quick synopsis. Our Healthcare environment is characterized by:

  • More intensive treatment near death
  • Fear of malpractice
  • Administrative complexity
  • Higher income for health professionals
  • High prices

Underlying causes include:

  • Lack of concentrated purchasing power, price controls, volume controls, technology availability and control over hospital budgets – Many of these are exercised by other countries.
  • Overutilization
  • Waste, duplication and fraud
  • Costs associated with technology, treatment and drugs
  • High Expectations / Attitudes surrounding perceived “need”
  • Overall Economics – insurance/ tax exemptions for healthcare / traditional fee for service environment

The discussion we need to have centers around the cost savings not yet realized through the ACA to date.  It won’t be easy, but it will be fascinating. There are many moving parts  – due to social and demographic factors, insurance company participation, pharmaceutical costs, the roles of Medicare & Medicaid, and of course – politics!

Stay tuned for further discussion! – Maybe we can reconvene and see how we have done over the past year at NAHSL 2017?!

I hope for everyone to have a happy & healthy holiday season and beyond!

Many thanks,

Nathan Norris, Senior Information Specialist

IS / Knowledge Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


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