Editor's Corner

Although there's been lots of political spin about the President's State of the Union address, the big surprise was that it didn't feature much on healthcare. There may be legislation introduced on malpractice, association health plans and possibly expanding the tax-deductibility of consumer health spending. But given the political capital being made of Part D's problematic introduction by the Democrats, and the upcoming election, it's hard to see a big push for any significant changes in Congress. That will change the focus back to the one area where there is consensus--healthcare IT. So you can expect to hear a lot more about that in the coming months. On that note, I'll be reporting from the HIMSS conference later this month. - Matthew