The two chambers of Congress have each passed a version of the DATA Act, S. 994 and HR. 2061. In the normal legislative process, these must be reconciled, the reconciled bill approved, and that bill passed to the President for signature. How far will the DATA Act go? Continue reading DATA Act, Reconciliation and Veto?
There was an interesting misalignment in Putin’s clownish attempt to disguise his takeover of Crimea, and it tells us something about what is going to happen next. Thousands of troops show up in unmarked uniforms, but they are using trucks with Russian military license plates. One is an attempt to disguise (in the most threadbare fashion) the origin of these soldiers, the other plainly tells everyone who they are. Here is how I see it. Continue reading Putin Rides the Tiger
One side effect of the recent government shutdown in the US was a lack of information upon which to base decisions. As soon as the doors opened, the government itself starting feeling the pain. What to do about interest rates? Well, we stopped collecting economic statistics, so you’ll have to wait a while. What does that tell us about writing regulations and legislation that requires data? Continue reading The New Rules of Writing Regulations
Legislation is often named in an utterly pretentious style, as if every subparagraph is the second coming of the Constitution. Other bills are named like advertising slogans, The Whiter Teeth and Job Creation Act. Still others are named like the Holy Roman Empire, which we all know was not Holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. H.R. 1105, the Small Business Capital Access and Jobs Preservation Act probably hits the trifecta. Continue reading H.R. 1105 – What’s In A Name? Nothing.
All the cool kids that read my presentations about XBRL know that XBRL is really two things that work well together – a language of facts, and a language of concepts. If we want to go looking for places that XBRL can be gainfully employed improving the efficiency of healthcare, both of these languages need to be explored for the opportunities. For the language of concepts, XBRL taxonomies, ICD-10 is a huge opportunity. Continue reading Healthcare XBRL: the Language of Concepts
The New York Times recently shared with the world a set of Republican talking points assembled against the Affordable Care Act. I’m not going to address any of the content, because I’d like to keep this blog clear of purely political issues. But I will address one thing – GOP.gov. Continue reading GOP.gov, who let that happen?
A preliminary but very encouraging study on lowering the cost of asthma was published recently. As I wrote about in an earlier blog entry, small telemonitoring devices are attached to the actuators that deliver medicine, recording the time and location of the event. Downloaded to a phone app and share with the physician, self monitoring reduces visits to ERs and hospitalization. The difference is dramatic. Continue reading Data vs. Asthma – Data Wins