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Fight obesity with Medicare

Obesity drugs should be covered to slow the rate of chronic diseases

More than nine months after the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease, we still are not using all of the tools available to help reduce this costly — and deadly — condition.

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New Poll Finds Three-Quarters of Americans Believe Obesity is a Problem in Their State; Strong Majority Believe Medicare Should Expand Coverage of Options to Treat The Disease

Nine months after the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease, a strong majority of Americans believe Medicare should expand coverage of healthcare options to treat obesity.

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Sixth annual National Employee Wellness Month to be held in June 2014, companies invited to pledge support

Virgin Pulse Partners with STOP Obesity Alliance, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork to Encourage Companies to Support Employee Wellness, Create Cultures of Health

Framingham, Mass.– (March 25, 2014) – This June will mark the sixth annual National Employee Wellness Month (NEWM, twitter hashtag #NEWM2014), an initiative designed to empower business leaders to successfully engage employees in healthy lifestyles. The sponsors invite companies and organizations of all sizes across the country to participate by pledging their support for this annual initiative and promoting healthy habits in the workplace this June.

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Don't Rush to Judgment: Medical Homes Can Improve Outcomes, Save Lives

From the Huffington Post
March 20, 2014

There's no question that more research needs to be done and it will take time to assess how the medical home concept should be improved to achieve optimal results. But that's why you don't overreact to a single less-than-positive report; you learn from it. Medical homes are on the right track here in addressing America's daunting health care challenges. The key is to continue improving by staying on course, learning and evolving.

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Reducing the number-one cause of death and disability—chronic disease

Listen to Ken Thorpe's interview

Viewpoints of Innovative Healthcare Leaders is a biweekly audio podcast series featuring interviews with innovative healthcare leaders from many disciplines discussing today's national health and wellness issues.

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New Report Finds More Than $1.3 Billion in Savings through Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act

The American Diabetes Association and YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA), released important new research today examining HR 962/S 452, the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (MDPA). The study, Estimated Federal Impact of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act, conducted by Avalere Health, was commissioned by the three organizations to identify the federal government savings or cost burden of the legislation using methods similar to those of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The research estimates the legislation would reduce federal spending by $1.3 billion over the 10-year budget window (2015-2024) and also reduce the incidence of diabetes among seniors.

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Hunger, Poor Nutrition Lead to Chronic Disease

Processed food is inexpensive, filling and widely available. So, while low-income Americans typically can get something to eat, they may not get enough nutrients from fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods they need to remain healthy.

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Better Care Legislation a Positive Step in Fight Against the Growing Epidemic of Chronic Disease

Washington, D.C. (February 7, 2014) – The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) applauds the intent of the Better Care, Lower Cost Act to improve care for people with Medicare who live with chronic illness.

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Proposed Medicare Changes Threaten Nation's Most Vulnerable

The best way to make Medicare more cost-efficient is to help patients better manage their chronic illnesses and avoid long hospitalizations and expensive acute care episodes. The CMS proposed rule change will do just the opposite. Restricting access to the medicines patients need to manage depression, avoid organ transplant rejection, and treat psychosis will drive healthcare utilization in far more costly ways. That's a betrayal of Medicare's promise of access to care for our most vulnerable, older Americans.

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CMS' 2014 Fee Schedule Proposes New Codes to Benefit Family Physicians

The AAFP has released a summary of the 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule that highlights various parts of the proposal, including proposed new codes for management of complex chronic care.

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