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Weekly Roundup: Eyeing the Solutions
October 21, 2011We 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...
Oct 21, 2011
The global burden of NCDs - our future public health legacy?
October 19, 2011By Ashok MalikHow do you measure the toll of premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like lung diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer?In September, New York hosted the United Nations summit on NCDs. Just before the New York event, the World Economic...
Oct 19, 2011
Chronic Disease Prevention is the Key to Lowering U.S. Healthcare Costs
October 17, 2011Last week, I participated in a policy summit hosted by the National Journal entitled “The Cost Equation: Affordable, Efficient and High Quality Care for Improved Outcomes,” where I gathered with several of respected thought leaders to discuss the ongoing issues our health care...
Oct 17, 2011
Prevention Measures Making a Difference
October 13, 2011The 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. On...
Oct 14, 2011
Partnerships in Health: Applying Metrics to Target Interventions & Improve Health
September 30, 2011Last 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.With one in two...
Sep 30, 2011
Addressing Chronic Diseases Would Reduce Debt, Generate Savings
September 20, 2011This 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...
Sep 20, 2011
Taking a Deeper Look at Reducing Health Care Costs
September 12, 2011Last week in Washington, I participated in an issue briefing sponsored by Health Affairs and was honored to be joined by many health care stakeholders to share some of my recent research on diabetes and strategies that are making a difference in the fight against this chronic...
Sep 12, 2011
The NCD-CD divide: to improve global health, they should not be considered a zero-sum game.
By Ashok MalikIt is tempting to see the non-communicable diseases/communicable diseases equation as a zero-sum game. The conventional wisdom is that as NCDs become the epidemic of the middle classes in the developing world – in the emerging economies of Asia for instance – attention and money...
Sep 09, 2011
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month - Paving the Way towards a Healthier Future
September 6, 2011There are an estimated 23 million obese or overweight children in the United States and this number continues to rise each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the prevalence of childhood obesity has more than tripled since 1980, and the resulting chronic health...
Sep 07, 2011
Defining Essential Health Benefits
(September 2, 2011)  The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will soon produce a report outlining recommendations on the criteria and methods that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could use when defining and updating “essential health benefits” for health plan options under the...
Sep 02, 2011

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