Implementation is Underway: Funding for the National Prevention Council
The Administration and HHS have moved quickly to start implementing some of the prevention and care coordination components of the Affordable Care Act.  Not two weeks ago, President Obama  signed an Executive Order creating the National Prevention Council. (Learn more here.) And just a few short...
Jun 28, 2010
Three Types of Prevention
Kudos to HHS for producing a  PSA about preventive health. The ad highlights the importance of preventing disease, particularly chronic diseases that can be costly and life-quality reducing without prevention or treatment. While the ad is a tremendously positive step to reinforcing preventive...
Jun 18, 2010
National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council
Late Friday afternoon, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council. The Council will provide national coordination of all prevention and wellness efforts across agencies, develop a national health promotion strategy and...
Jun 15, 2010
Care Coordination in Pennsylvania
Wall Street Journal health reporter Shirley Wang highlighted Pennsylvania’s efforts to better coordinate care across the state in her article, “Pilot Plan On Health An Option For States.” It is the largest state pilot program of its kind in the U.S. and has made great strides in care coordination...
Jun 15, 2010
Quality, not quantity, of medical care is key
Associated Press reporter Lauran Neergaard writes in her recent article, “Overtreated: More medical care isn't always better,” that “more medical care won't necessarily make you healthier…overtreatment, is a big contributor to runaway health care costs.”  She is certainly correct that unnecessary...
Jun 09, 2010
New Health Affairs Article Looks at Building on a Strong Foundation
In a new Health Affairs article published today, Lydia Ogden, Chief of Staff of the Center for Entitlement Reform at Emory University, and I provide an in-depth analysis of how key provisions of the recent health reform law address payment, integrated care delivery and prevention and provide a...
Jun 08, 2010
White House Report on Childhood Obesity
Last fall, I wrote about the need to put our obesity epidemic at the top of the health care agenda. The release of a landmark report by the White House Childhood Obesity Task Force earlier this week moves this issue closer to the forefront of the discussion. While the report focuses on childhood...
May 14, 2010
Prevention is not just disease detection
More discussion about what prevention really is: "Prevention is not just disease detection," by Ken Thorpe, National Journal, 12 May 2010
May 12, 2010
New finds on costs related to cancer
CDC and others have come out with an interesting study on costs related to cancer. The study was published in Cancer, the American Cancer Society's medical journal and you can read about it here. In a nutshell, the study found that the cost of treating cancer has nearly doubled over the past two...
May 11, 2010
Is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure?
Is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure? A resounding YES is the correct answer, but unfortunately some still look at the idea of prevention with blinders on. Mathematica, a public policy think tank, is conducting a series of briefings that summarizes existing research on the cost-...
May 05, 2010