$3.5 Trillion of Potential Savings in Medicare and Medicaid
UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform & Modernization released a report today, with findings that show potential savings upwards of $3.5 trillion over the next 25 years by expanding the use of coordinated care programs in Medicare and Medicaid.The report, “U.S. Deficit Reduction: The...
Oct 15, 2010
Evidence-Based Programs Improve Health
...Well documented evidenced-based programs can absolutely help to encourage healthier lifestyles. The YMCAs have adapted the DPP protocol to a community setting at very low cost. Structured lifestyle interventions in the DPP have shown a 58%reduction in the incidence of diabetes, with cost savings...
Oct 14, 2010
Cost Savings in Medicare
The cost-saving potential in Medicare is great. While we’ve already begun to realize some of the cost-savings in Medicare via the implementation of several PPACA provisions—The Obama Administration released a report in August of this year showing a savings of $8 billion by the end of next year, and...
Oct 04, 2010
Delivery System Reform
On September 24, the PFCD hosted an event, “PFCD Briefing on Delivery System Reform and Prevention Models: What’s Working out in the States?” We had a great line-up of speakers who shared their insights and expertise on delivery systems that work and areas of potential cost savings. For more...
Oct 04, 2010
GWU Obesity Data
The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Health Policy released a study that looks at the individual cost of obesity in the U.S. This is the first comprehensive effort to illustrate the individual cost burden of obesity. After examining numerous...
Sep 30, 2010
Prevention Read
"Chronically Ill, and Covered," New York Times, September 22, 2010
Sep 23, 2010
GWU Releases New Obesity Data
The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Health Policy’s Christine Ferguson and colleagues released new obesity data today. See the full report here:
Sep 21, 2010
Thorpe on Prevention and Wellness
Ken Thorpe discussed prevention and wellness  with Tom Daschle, Newt Gingrich, and Ben Leedle last week at a Center for Health Transformation meeting.
Sep 20, 2010
New Obesity Numbers
It was a few short weeks ago that I last wrote about new data illustrating the rising obesity rates in the U.S. and their impact on health spending. As I write today about another recent comprehensive obesity study, I’m glad to see that this public health crisis continues to be a focus for...
Sep 17, 2010
New Data Shows Prevention Works
A recent Health Affairs article finds that increasing the use of 20 proven clinical preventive services (including tobacco cessation screening, alcohol abuse screening, and daily aspirin use) from current levels to 90 percent in 2006 could avert the loss of more than two million life-years annually...
Sep 14, 2010