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Forum at OHSU Addresses Chronic Disease Impact and the Value of Prevention

Portland, OR (October 21, 2014) – Chronic, non-communicable diseases now account for more than 83 percent of the $3.8 trillion the U.S. spends on health care. In Medicare, 98 percent of program spending – about $487 billion – goes toward serving patients suffering from multiple chronic conditions like cancer, heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. In Oregon, nearly 60 percent of those 65 and older suffer from two or more chronic conditions.

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America still weighs too much

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently issued their report on the state of obesity in America and there is enough good news in the report to view it as a glass half full. Unfortunately, the warning signs in the report are so serious that the glass may actually be half-full with a double-thick chocolate shake topped with extra whipped cream and a candy bar on the side.

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Washington State Has the Opportunity to Lead on Addressing the Obesity Epidemic

From Seattle Business Magazine
By: Tommy G. Thompson, Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary

First the good news: Obesity rates increased in just six states in 2013 – and Washington was not one of them, according to a recently released report by the Trust for America’s Health.

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Action Needed to Better Accommodate Cancer Survivors in U.S. Workforce

PFCD and WellPoint Highlight Opportunities for Policymakers and Employers

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HHS awards more than $295 million in ACA funds to increase access to primary care at health centers

On September 12th, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,195 health centers in every U.S. State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to expand primary care services.

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Facilitating Full Employment Opportunity for Employees with Cancer: A Call to Action

Presently, the risk of an American man developing cancer over his lifetime is less than one in two. For an American woman, the risk of developing cancer over her lifetime is a little more than one in three.

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Public and Private Sector Efforts Required to Realize Productivity Gains in U.S.

New Data Highlights Vast Opportunity for Prevention and Wellness Efforts

Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2014) – The Congressional Wellness Caucus and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) hosted a briefing today to examine the impact of chronic, non communicable disease and look beyond just medical costs to more holistically consider total productivity, particularly among the federal workforce.

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Healthcare data: consultation to accelerate improvements in quality and value

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) has joined Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in a request for input from stakeholders on “ideas that will enhance the availability and utility of healthcare data, while maintaining and strictly protecting patient privacy.

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Improved Medication Adherence is Major Opportunity for Change in State Healthcare Systems

(June 3, 2014) The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), along with Prescriptions for a Healthy America and My Campaign Group, has released a white paper on one of the many challenges facing our health care system – medication adherence and how to empower people to more effectively and efficiently manage their chronic conditions.

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