Public Education Key to Successful Implementation
A recent USA Today article reported that – based on three polls conducted just last month –  large percentages of Americans are uninformed about what provision are included in PPACA. While many organizations are conducting public education campaigns of their own, HHS, through its website, www....
Aug 14, 2010
Unhealthy living comes with a hefty price tag
A recent Gallup study, discussed at length here, measured the wellbeing of adults across the U.S. and found that those with a stronger wellbeing score had lower health care costs and were at less risk for chronic disease. Adults whose wellbeing was “struggling” or “suffering” were 64 percent...
Aug 13, 2010
Prevention Made Easy For Seniors
Beginning January 2011, a key PPACA provision will take effect, helping to improve and better coordinate care for seniors. This is a key demographic for prevention, disease management and care coordination efforts, as more than half of Medicare beneficiaries are treated for five or more chronic...
Aug 10, 2010
Protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund
Trust for America’s Health is circulating a letter to Congress in support of preserving the Prevention and Public Health Fund and is asking other organizations to sign on as well. To date, over 300 organizations have signed the letter. It reads: As the Senate considers the Small Business Jobs and...
Aug 06, 2010
Ken Thorpe on importance of school nurses in childhood prevention, health
August 4, 2010 Market Watch By: Anya Martin "Whether your child is in good health or not, a registered nurse at school can recognize medical issues you may have missed and be a powerful advocate to ensure your school has life-saving equipment. But thanks to strapped education...
Aug 04, 2010
Obesity Rates Increasing, Impacting U.S. Health and Deficit
As an advocate of prevention, wellness and early interventions, I discuss the rising rates of obesity prevalence in the U.S. often. As obesity rates among all ages continue to increase, we are faced with an obesity epidemic that is lowering the quality of life for millions of Americans and driving...
Aug 04, 2010
PPACA Generates Savings in Medicare
The Obama Administration released a report Monday, showing significant savings in Medicare due to  PPACA reforms. The report shows Medicare will save approximately $8 billion by the end of next year, and as much as $575 billion over the rest of the decade. These are significant savings and evidence...
Aug 02, 2010
Obesity, Tobacco Prevention Needed
A recent New York Times article, “Tobacco Funds Shrink as Obesity Fight Intensifies,” included my thoughts on tobacco cessation and obesity prevention and I would like to expand on those thoughts for a moment. Tobacco use and obesity are both public health threats that drive up health care...
Jul 28, 2010
Congressional Recess is Just Around the Corner
Yesterday marked the start of the final two weeks before the 2010 August Congressional recess begins. With all the legislative activity thus far this year, it’s hard to believe August is just around the corner and election season is fast approaching. I applaud Congress and the Obama Administration...
Jul 27, 2010
Workplace Wellness Done Right
There’s been a lot of coverage recently on preventive coverage. But a New York Times article today, “For Chronic Care, Your Employer May Be Able to Help,” looks at a different kind of preventive care: workplace wellness programs. The article discusses workplace wellness and the strengths and...
Jul 24, 2010

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