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Correcting this faulty belief about COVID-19 will save lives
By Kenneth E. Thorpe Apr 12, 2020   In times of emergency, misperceptions can prove deadly. That's certainly the case today, amid widespread belief that COVID-19 mainly threatens older Americans.   In reality, those of any age suffering from an underlying health condition
Apr 15,2020
Another enemy emerges in the COVID-19 fight: Antibiotic-resistant bugs
By Kenneth Thorpe    Mar 31, 2020 1:01pm     Hospitals across the globe are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. Many of those patients ultimately develop viral pneumonia, one of the most common symptoms. But a subset of patients must fight another—
Apr 1,2020
Trump administration’s new insurance rule puts sick patients at risk
Proposal ultimately would drive up healthcare spending   February 27, 2020   Roughly half of sick Americans struggle to afford their prescription drugs. And a new rule from the Trump administration could soon make their lives even more difficult.   The proposal
Feb 28,2020
International Pricing Index is NOT an Answer to Health Care Costs
February 3, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) has released the following statement on the proposed international pricing index:   The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease opposes proposed “international pricing index” models to address
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Feb 3,2020
Don't legalize discrimination against people with disabilities
Kenneth E. Thorpe, Guest columnist 5:00 p.m. CT Jan. 14, 2020   Quality-adjusted life year cost-benefit analyses systemically undervalue the lives of patients with disabilities.   Imagine if the federal government treated disabled Americans as second-class citizens. It's an
Jan 15,2020
New Data Estimates Staggering Costs of Chronic Disease in Largest U.S. Metropolis
Congressional briefing examines how social determinants, health disparities impact America's hardest hit populations   December 12, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) Recent research data developed by IHS Markit on behalf of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) examines the enormous
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Dec 12,2019
Health Care Valuations Based on QALY Undercut the Fight Against Chronic Disease
Ethical questions loom over innovative efforts that can save lives November 21, 2019 09:01 AM Eastern Standard Time WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) has released the following statement regarding the National Council
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Nov 21,2019
Hospital Costs are #1 Driver of $101 Billion Increase in Private Health Insurance Spending
Better overall health, reduced chronic disease rates key to lowering health spending   November 19, 2019 11:37 AM Eastern Standard Time WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) has just released, “What Accounts for the Growth in Private Health
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Nov 19,2019
Proposed Drug Price Reform Would Short-Change Rare Disease Patients
By Kenneth E. Thorpe October 10, 2019   A prominent healthcare watchdog has found the solution to high drug prices – or so it claims.   For years, the nonprofit Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has analyzed and rated the cost-
Oct 10,2019
Trump Administration's Drug Rebate Reforms Are Long Overdue
By Kenneth E. Thorpe March 28, 2019   Every month, drug companies offer up nearly $13 billion in rebates and other discounts.  Patients don't see these savings at the drugstore, though. The supply chain all but ensures that discounts instead flow to
Apr 2,2019