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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. 

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month - Paving the Way towards a Healthier Future

This September marks the second annual National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. As America’s youth start another school year and embark on new challenges in the classroom, there couldn’t be a better time to take advantage of opportunities to change behaviors and environments and to encourage America’s children to value their health and wellness and to embrace physical activity.

Chronic disease in the news

August 17, 2011

As the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) works to increase awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and rising health care costs, there is increasing urgency in the news media for Americans to address the spectrum of issues contributing to and resulting from chronic disease. 

It Takes a Village

August 10, 2011

As our nation’s leaders continue to search for ways to address our financial woes, there are community leaders across the country working to address another looming problem area for Americans: obesity.

Two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and teens are currently obese or overweight, putting them at increased risk for more than 20 major diseases, including chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Health IT Helps Physical and Fiscal Bottom Lines

Because most chronic diseases are highly preventable and frequently manageable it cannot be denied that there is a lot Americans can do to improve their own individual health and ultimately, the overall health of our country. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that eliminating three risk factors – poor diet, inactivity, and smoking – would prevent 80% of heart disease and stroke; 80% of type 2 diabetes; and, 40% of cancer.

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