(April 24, 2013) Today, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease is pleased to kick off the 5th Annual National Employee Wellness Month. Founded in 2009, National Employee Wellness Month is an annual campaign designed to promote existing programs and to encourage development of successful strategies aimed at prevention and good health in the workplace.
The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease has developed a list of important research topics representing areas of high need and high value for people coping with multiple chronic conditions for PCORI’s consideration.
The recommended topic areas are organized by overarching objectives to enhance patient- centered outcomes – an empowered patient population engaging with a well-informed and equipped healthcare delivery system.
Over Half of Medicare Beneficiaries Have Five or More Chronic Conditions
WASHINGTON, DC – The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease released a white paper today on one of the most pressing challenges facing our health care system today -- how to care effectively for the significant and growing number of Americans coping with more than one chronic conditions.
One of the most pressing challenges facing our health care system today is how to care effectively for the significant and growing number of Americans coping with more than one chronic condition. The importance of prevention in both avoiding additional chronic conditions and progression of existing ones becomes paramount, particularly given several common risk factors for many of the most common chronic conditions.
April 11, 2013 - Effectively managing one chronic condition is challenging. Double or triple that number, and that’s when chronic disease management really gets complicated--for patients and providers.
Unfortunately, the situation is not rare; in fact, one-quarter of the U.S. population is living with multiple chronic conditions, and among the 65 and older population, it is three times that number, or 75 percent. And the numbers are not expected to decline.
In this white paper, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and ProMedica examine the extent of hunger in America, the inextricable links of hunger to poor health, and the need to consider hunger as a health issue to make the changes needed.
Despite the attention given to the obesity crisis and the inter-relationship hunger and obesity share with access to nutrition and common socioeconomic demographics, few policy discussions about obesity reference the problem of hunger.
Statement of Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD at the Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing On Strengthening Medicare for Today and the Future
Virtually all the spending in the Medicare program is associated with chronically ill patients. Yet despite the central role that chronic disease plays in Medicare, the program does not cover lifestyle-related preventive benefits and currently does not provide comprehensive care coordination for most patients. A key direction for reforming Medicare needs to focus on reducing the rise in preventable chronic health care conditions, and introducing evidence-based elements of care coordination into traditional Medicare.
Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2012) – The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) hosted a Capitol Hill briefing today, emphasizing the critical link between chronic conditions, rising Medicare costs, and quality of life for seniors.
Op-Ed in the Huffington Post by Kenneth Thorpe - Chairman, The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease As I've closely watched the back-and-forth negotiations over how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, I've been struck that the discussions are missing a key element. When Democrats and Republicans debate over how best to "cut" the Medicare benefit, we're not hearing nearly enough about the impact these potential cuts could have on the health and wellness of the patient in this process.
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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...