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Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Critical Focus of Healthcare Reform
December 18, 2013More than one in four Americans have multiple chronic conditions (MCC). Closing out 2013 with a webinar update on multiple chronic conditions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions convened a discussion on new programs and...
Dec 19, 2013
Identifying Roles and Maximizing Success in the Pursuit of Health & Wellness
December 5, 2013Grappling as a country with the ins and outs of healthcare, we find ourselves continually identifying the same prevalent health concerns - diabetes, cancer, heart disease. Facing rising costs and increasing incidences of chronic disease, obesity is more often than not a common...
Dec 05, 2013
Quantifying Quality in Healthcare
November 20, 2013As a supporter of efforts to promote health and wellness by preventing and better managing chronic diseases, and accordingly, policy efforts to align financial incentives, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) believes that managing healthcare costs and improving quality...
Nov 20, 2013
Family Caregiving Has Many Faces
By John Schall, CEO of the Caregiver Action NetworkOctober 30, 2013“Mom had a stroke,” my sister’s voice was telling me over the phone. At first, I did not quite comprehend the message. My father was 93 years old and my mother was his caregiver, so bad news about my father might have been somewhat...
Oct 30, 2013
Medication Adherence: Taking Daily Steps for Healthier Outcomes
October 17, 2013Managing chronic illness is not just about properly utilizing the healthcare options available to you, but perhaps more importantly, making the healthy choice and following prescribed medical advice. According to the World Health Organization, in developed countries only half of...
Oct 18, 2013
Denying care? Concerns with Oregon's Medicaid coverage guidelines
When a document guiding health coverage decisions contains the word "survival" and the phrase "not a covered service," it definitely warrants a closer look, and what we see in a set of coverage guidelines from Oregon Medicaid officials is disturbing to say the least.In August, Oregon's Health...
Sep 27, 2013
Health Insurance Exchanges On the Horizon
September 25, 2013On October 1, 2013, millions of Americans can shop for health insurance in a new way through their respective health insurance exchange programs. According to a report released last week by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 56 percent of the people in the U.S. who...
Sep 26, 2013
Comparative effectiveness: putting patients first
As we continue to develop our resources and approaches to combat the escalation in chronic disease, the comparative effectiveness work currently being performed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has the potential to be extremely valuable for patients and their health care...
Sep 20, 2013
Hunger is a Health Issue
By Lee W. Hammerling, MD, ProMedica chief medical officerChronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, can be difficult to manage. The lack of a very basic human need – nutritious food – can further exacerbate these diagnoses. Hunger and malnutrition also can make obesity and mental...
Sep 04, 2013
School Nurses are focused on prevention of chronic health conditions
August 7, 2013 - Guest PFCD blog by Shirley Schantz, EdD, ARNP, RN and Angela Shubert, National Association of School NursesThe statistics are startling and demand attention: One in three children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese. Today’s children could be the...
Aug 07, 2013

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