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Viewpoints on Health Care Reform around the Debates

January 25, 2012

As everyone gears up for an exciting presidential campaign year, health care reform continues to play a major role in the news and conversations this week due to the ongoing struggle candidates, lawmakers and policy analysts face in battling our national $2.7 trillion deficit and mounting debt. 

PFCD 2011 Year in Review & Looking Ahead to 2012

January 4, 2012

In an effort to raise awareness of the leading cause of death, disability and rising health care costs in our country, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) worked throughout 2011 to broaden the discussion and advance solutions in health care particularly with respect to the cost reductions resulting from reforms that address chronic disease as the primary driver of health care costs.

Health Care Reform to be Top of Mind in 2012

December 20, 2011

It's been almost a month since the Super Committee announced their stalemate on how best to reduce our national deficit. With no end in sight and the future of public health care programs in jeopardy, Democrats and Republicans alike are taking to the presidential campaign trail to discuss their ideas on how to cut national spending. The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), in the interest of preserving and improving programs that improve health outcomes, has been closely monitoring the headlines.

Making Prevention a Priority

December 5, 2011

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that coverage will be added for preventive services to reduce obesity. The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) applauds CMS’s announcement which is a big step in the right direction towards emphasizing prevention and curbing the obesity epidemic.

Medicare Has Lower Than Expected Premium Increases

November 9, 2011

As the November 23 deadline for the Super Committee fast approaches, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease continues to advocate for reforms that strengthen Medicare and Medicaid while pulling costs from the system.  There is a lot at stake for the future of these programs, and, more importantly, the people they serve.  In addition to deliberations by the Super Committee, there were several recent announcements affecting Medicare worth noting:

Looking Ahead to an Unpredictable Future

November 1, 2011

The tumultuous economic and political environment adds to the uncertainty many Americans face in planning for their futures. . Challenges in the job market and financial instability add to concerns about rising health care costs and the ability to afford quality care,  especially for the one in two Americans living with chronic disease. This week’s news roundup focuses on some of the challenges we face related to chronic disease, particularly the economic issues related to health care spending as we age.   

Weekly Roundup: Eyeing the Solutions

October 21, 2011

We have often said on this blog and in other forums that providing long-term, preventive solutions is critical to curbing the escalating health care costs currently driven by chronic disease. That’s why it’s encouraging to see in this week’s news inside and outside of the Beltway that an increasing number of organizations, companies and individuals are putting the spotlight back on these solutions and showing how they can truly change – for the better – America’s collective health.

Prevention Measures Making a Difference

October 13, 2011

The critical nature of prevention is gaining support and health care measures aimed at some of the most vulnerable, and costly, populations are starting to take hold as Americans grapple with the most effective approaches to achieving and sustaining long-term wellness. 

Partnerships in Health: Applying Metrics to Target Interventions & Improve Health

September 30, 2011

Last week, in partnership with ThinkWellPoint, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease hosted an event in Washington, D.C. highlighting health indices and how they can be used to promote prevention, improve care management and increase patient safety.

Addressing Chronic Diseases Would Reduce Debt, Generate Savings

September 20, 2011

This week, President Barack Obama shared his plan for reducing the national deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade, including making cuts of $248 billion and $72 billion to Medicare and Medicaid, respectively.  The plan would also generate $320 billion in healthcare savings over the same time period. 

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