A study published yesterday in Health Affairs has re-generated buzz around Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scoring of chronic disease prevention.
Despite Charles Krauthammer’s suggestion in Friday's Washington Post that President Obama and Congress have become our modern-day Euripides, prevention is not the "deus ex machina" that he claims. Prevention has been a core part of the health reform agenda since candidate Obama ran for office– and for good reason. Without proactive efforts to increase prevention and manage disease more effectively, our efforts to stem the crisis of chronic illness in the U.S.
Doug Elmendorf hit the nail on the head last week when he said that the current health care reform bills inadequately address rising health care costs.
“The changes that we have looked at so far do not represent the sort of fundamental change, the order of magnitude that would be necessary to offset the direct increase in federal health costs that would result from the insurance coverage proposals."
Controlling the rise in health care spending will require bold action in three areas—how we pay for health care services, modernizing the delivery model to more efficiently prevent a
Last week the Senate HELP Committee passed their health reform bill, “The Affordable Health Choices Act,” the most comprehensive health reform bill we’ve seen to date.
The committee’s passage of the bill speaks volumes about the progress being made towards achieving comprehensive health reform by the end of 2009. Several key policy proposals, which will help ensure real change in our delivery system, avoided the chopping block and made it into the final bill.
Two important studies were released this week—a study from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality on the rising rates of obesity in the U.S.