The ACA also dovetails with the substantial body of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare law and regulation. Then there are the state laws and regulations related to the implementation of the ACA insurance exchanges. Add to this brew, the shifting time lines and the recent cascade of postponements and exceptions.
|The Health Law KnowlEdge Center Dashboard|
Kluwer developed the KnowlEDGE Center to provide is a single source
solution for multiple market segments: law firms, in house counsel, corporate compliance offices, health care providers and insurance
|Health Reform Topical Navigator|
|Law and Regulatory Calendar/Tracker|
3.Smart Charts – WK takes the innovative technology of their smartcharts and applies it to specific ACA issues, exchanges, contraception etc. Smart Charts – Allow you to compare the law and regs across states.
|Smart Charts Compare Laws Across Jurisdictions|
The ACA amended over 500 provisions of The Social Security Act which is the backbone of the Medicaid and Medicare programs. The Health Reform Lookup feature identifies all of the amended provisions of the Social Security Act and the 18 other Federal Laws impacted by the ACA. It also tracks changes to the ACA since it was first passed.
|Health Reform Law Look Up|
4. Collaboration. Users can Download content to spreadsheets, documents or email and share information with colleagues and clients on a non-systematic basis. (Mass distribution requires a separate license). This feature is not new for WK but it is so important I just have to keep saluting WK for their “Sanity in licensing” feature which they introduced with the launch of their Daily Reporting Suite. Yes, in the ordinary course of business, lawyers need to share licensed information with colleagues and clients. They shouldn’t have to stop to renegotiate a license before they hit “send”!
Quicklinks include newsletters, expert analysis, laws and regs,law & health blog.
The alert center delivers custom alerts on a daily or weekly basis. Provides links to primary sources and expert analysis.
Direct links to the Medicare and Medicaid guidance
Direct links to ERISA and IRC
Coverage of all grants, demonstration projects and government programs found in the ACA
Practical Know how and checklists
The regulatory alert center tracks change to custom filtered results
Other resources: include links to federal agencies and other related websites CMS, HHS, IRS, FDA, state Insurance exchanges,
Agency documents (CMS Letters, GAO reports, IRS documents etc.
Primary sources: laws, regulations, caselaw, administrative decisions
Fun Features: Fact of the Day, Poll of the Week, twitter
Mobility the center has apps for iPhone, ipad, Droid and BB – latest news can be filtered by topic or jurisdiction
NOT GOOGLE. Legal information professionals are routinely challenged to explain the ongoing need for purchasing research products from commercial publishers in a post-Google world. The ACA is the poster child of laws which illustrate the limits of Google as an effective legal research tool for lawyers because they have ethical obligations to avoid malpractice. Of course the market has changed and there is resistance to paying for terabytes of “plain vanilla” primary source law which lacks editorial enhancements or is linked using semantic technologies and intelligence.
All the major legal publishers, LexisNexis, BloombergBNA and Thomson Reuters – Westlaw are shifting from content to process, from search to context, and weaving process and analysis into their platforms. Wolters Kluwer reports that they developed the KnowlEdge Center in 4 months by marshaling the technologists and editorial teams across all the product units which are touched by the ACA: insurance, labor, benefits, tax. The other major legal publishers have collected the ACA primary laws, regs and collateral materials but as of today Wolters Kluwer has claimed a significant lead in the ACA practice space with the release of the Health Law KnowlEDGE Center.
Business “The Health Reform KnowlEDGE™ Center is one example of our many
customer-engaged innovations. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is
taking our deep domain expertise and effectively combining it with
customer insights and technical excellence to devise solutions that
tackle today’s legal and regulatory challenges in both the business and
practice of law.”
of Wolters Kluwer’s demise in the legal market are premature. The KnowlEDGE
Center combined with the upcoming release of the“Cheetah ” platform which I wrote about in December,
suggest that WK may indeed be “getting its Groove back.”