HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt set himself a soft 500-day timetable to carry out President Bush's healthcare agenda. Leavitt said the timetable is subject to change and is meant to serve as a management tool to guide him, not a hard deadline for carrying out the goals. As part of his 27-point, 500-day plan, Leavitt wants to start a national collaboration to develop and certify health information technology standards for interoperability, privacy and data exchange. The plan also includes a push for medical malpractice reform, continued pay-for-performance initiatives, and creation of state insurance pools, association health plans and tax credits to bring down the number of uninsured. -- by Tony Fong
HHS secretary presents work agenda for next 500 days
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