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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington, D.C. (November 11, 2013) – One in three Americans identifies obesity and obesity-related chronic disease as the most urgent health problem facing the country. Today, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and medical costs resulting from obesity total more than $147 billion.
(Oct 23, 2013 - Los Angeles) – Yesterday, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) hosted a symposium of more than 200 health stakeholders in Los Angeles to discuss proactive solutions to addressing America’s obesity crisis.
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The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and...