House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Votes to De-Fund Prevention and Public Health Fund
Earlier today, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee voted to de-fund the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Americans are demanding cuts in federal spending, but not cuts that are pennywise but pound foolish.The Prevention and Public Health Fund represents a strategic investment in...
Apr 01, 2011
PFCD Recognizes First Anniversary of Comprehensive Health Reform Passage
One year ago, passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was no doubt a great step forward for chronic disease prevention and wellness. In fact, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reaffirmed this during her testimony to the Senate Finance...
Mar 23, 2011
Study Shows the Need for Continued Collaboration on Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Policies
A study released earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds fifteen states in the southeast U.S. to have the highest prevalence of diabetes in the country. This region - already referred to as the "stroke belt" - now also holds the title of "diabetes belt."...
Mar 18, 2011
Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions
On Tuesday, Secretary Sebelius announced a new strategic framework for HHS to coordinate public health resources for individuals with multiple chronic conditions (MCC). The Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions is designed to reduce the risks of complications and improve the overall...
Dec 16, 2010
Prevention and Wellness Programs Are Key
The prevention and wellness initiatives in PPACA are critical to the law’s success, in terms of reducing health care spending and improving health outcomes. There is an indisputable body of research that shows when prevention is done right (i.e., evidence-based programs that target at-risk...
Nov 11, 2010
Co-payments for many preventive medical services for most workers are about to disappear
November 1, 2010 Los Angeles Times By: Bruce Japsen  "If you've been holding off getting screened for high cholesterol, diabetes or hypertension because of a co-payment, you soon won't have a reason to put it off. That's because co-payments, which typically cost at least $...
Nov 01, 2010
Hold True to Health Care
New post up on Huffington Post about health reform:
Oct 26, 2010
Bending the Curve through Health Reform Implementation
In light of the passage of the Affordable Care Act and building on their 2009 recommendations, Brookings and several other research organizations have updated their recommendations for lowering health care costs in the U.S. While calling for more legislative action to help reduce costs, the study...
Oct 22, 2010
Diabetes Rates to Soar by 2050
A new CDC report out today has found that by 2050, one in three American adults will have diabetes (compared to 1 in 10 adults currently). As chronic disease prevention advocates have noted for years, and the paper points out, diabetes can be a “gateway” disease, with links to heart attacks,...
Oct 22, 2010
Obesity Costs Twice Previous Estimates
A recent Washington Post article, “Study: Obesity care costs twice previous estimates,” discussed new obesity data released last week from the National Bureau of Economic Research that shows obesity counts for 16.5 percent of total U.S. medical costs –more than double the previous estimates. The...
Oct 18, 2010