March 7, 2012
This June marks the fourth annual National Employee Wellness Month, an initiative that provides business leaders with fresh ideas and proven strategies around prevention and wellness. At the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, we know that creating healthier opportunities in the workplace is a critical component to preventing and better managing chronic disease, which is why this week we announced our sponsorship of this year’s event alongside Virgin HealthMiles, the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance and WorldatWork.
March 5, 2012
In The Hill last week, along with Representative Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Representative Allyson Schwartz (D-PA),PFCD’s Ken Thorpe highlighted the Fundamental Shift Needed in Our Approach to Tackling Health Care Spending and the Deficit. This strong bi-partisan statement addresses some of the challenges plaguing our health care system and highlights priorities and solutions that can make a marked difference in health care cost reduction. By rallying our elected officials in the fight against chronic disease, PFCD aims to bring both sides of the aisle to the table in order to develop new and support existing programs and policies that are effective and sustainable.
February 27, 2012
In follow-up to last week’s approval of the Payroll Tax Bill by the House and Senate, at the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) we feel it’s important to keep you updated of the ongoing dialogue around this latest development. As you may know, Congress’ temporary SGR fix came with a hefty budget reduction of $5 billion for the Prevention and Public Health Fund, an extension of the Affordable Care Act that provides crucial financial support for the prevention programs our health care system so direly needs.
February 17, 2012
Earlier this afternoon, both the House and Senate approved and sent the President the Conference Report for the Payroll Tax bill. The legislation included a temporary patch to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule preventing for 10 months a pending 27% cut in payment rates to physicians under Medicare. Unfortunately, much of the “pay for” came at the sacrifice of the Prevention and Public Health Fund – to the tune of $5 billion.
Earlier this week, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Wally Herger (R-CA) held a hearing on delivery system reforms that reward physicians who deliver high quality and efficient care. At a time when our health care spending accounts for an overwhelming majority of the nation’s $3.7 trillion national deficit, the hearing was a rare, welcomed moment of bipartisan agreement in an environment otherwise fraught with partisan tension.
February 9, 2012
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) last week issued a report on the growing impact of chronic diseases in the United States and how the incidence of these highly manageable and largely preventable conditions are approaching “crisis proportions.” Not only are they costly – the medical care costs of people afflicted with chronic diseases represent 75 percent of the $2 trillion in U.S. annual health care spending – but for those who suffer with them they are compromising the ability to live well.
Recognizing the large savings that can result from even the most seemingly small improvements in health outcomes, we at the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) were encouraged by this week’s news developments that lend support to the kinds of reform we advocate for on a daily basis.
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.
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.