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PFCD Hill Roundtable Welcomed Rep. Karen Bass, Explored IBM Watson Technology as Health Care Innovation
May 2, 2012Last Friday, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) hosted “IBM Watson: Learning Machines Advancing Health Care Innovations”, as the first in our four-part 2012 “Partnerships in Health” series in conjunction with WellPoint. Held at the Rayburn House Office Building,...
May 02, 2012
Medicare Trustees Release Annual Report
April 26, 2012This week the Board of Trustees for Medicare released their annual report on the financial operations and long-term outlook of the Medicare program, among others.  The report offered the same anticipated time frame as last year’s findings – the Medicare trust fund will be “...
Apr 27, 2012
Health Care Industry Leaders Weigh In on Improving Health and Health Care System
April 23, 2012Last week, the Wall Street Journal’s “Health Blog” touted a new study from researchers at PFCD partner Healthways showing that a focus on well-being and quality-of-life issues could lead to improved health care outcomes and a reduction in health care costs.  According to the WSJ...
Apr 23, 2012
Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
April 20, 2012Poor health outcomes – namely higher blood pressure and being overweight – have traditionally been linked to lack of adequate sleep. However, a new study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital shows that insufficient sleep is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. The study...
Apr 20, 2012
PFCD and Chronic Disease in the News This Week
April 16, 2012Our lead in this week’s roundup of relevant news from last week spotlights comments made by Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., chair of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, in a Wall Street Journal article that focused on Tuesday’s Institute of Medicine report proposing a new tax on medical care...
Apr 16, 2012
Working Together to Improve Health Outcomes While Saving Money
April 16, 2012Recently, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation launched Choosing Wisely, an initiative designed to encourage physicians (and their patients) to reconsider their use of 45 common medical screenings and procedures that are overused. The coalition puts the onus on both the...
Apr 16, 2012
Investing in Personal Health
April 9, 2012This week marks National Public Health Week and World Health Day (April 7), and also kicks off a month full of national health observances aimed at increasing awareness about the critical importance of better managing one’s health to help prevent future complications. April’s...
Apr 09, 2012
Affordable Care Act Hits Two-Year Mark
March 29, 2012Last week marked the two-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  With heightened focus on the ACA continuing this week, especially on the individual mandate, it’s important to take a step back and understand the strides that have already been made,...
Mar 29, 2012
New Study Reaffirms the Weight of Obesity on our Health Care System
March 27, 2012Last week the Campaign to End Obesity, a Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) partner, released a study that indicates that the U.S. has underestimated the hefty impact that obesity-related health care costs have – and will continue to have – on the federal budget.  The...
Mar 27, 2012
Striking a Balance: Quality Care vs. Financial Stability
March 16, 2012Similar to last week’s post on the varying cost dilemmas affecting the health care “ecosystem,” the reality of our nation’s health crisis continues to pose significant financial and care hurdles for healthcare providers and patients in particular. In light of rising health costs, a...
Mar 19, 2012

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