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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
AMA Declaration and Proposed Legislation Provides Additional Tools to Curb Obesity and Diabetes in Medicare
June 19, 2013Today Reps. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) Ron Kind (D-WI) along with Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bipartisan bill focused on treatment and prevention of obesity in America. The "Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013" takes an important step to curb this...
Jun 19, 2013
Poor adherence generates higher health care costs and worse health outcomes
A new national survey commissioned by the Partnership for a Healthy America and conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies, confirms that we have a serious adherence program in America. Two out of three of us are not taking our medicines as prescribed. Prescription...
May 03, 2013
Exploring Opportunities to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs Among the Growing Aging Population
March 1, 2013This week, I was invited to testify on Capitol Hill in front of the Senate Special Committee on Aging in a hearing to discuss “Strengthening Medicare for Today and the Future.” Called to explore the possibilities for protecting the Medicare program without shifting costs or cutting...
Mar 03, 2013
Key Element Missing in Healthcare Decisions: Patients
February 4, 2013We all are patients at some point and experience the challenges of making important healthcare decisions, often with less information then we need to make informed decisions. Having a “patient-centered” health system is a commonly cited goal of health reforms. Though there is...
Feb 04, 2013

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