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Prevention Fund Cut by $5 Billion to Pay for Temporary SGR Fix
February 17, 2012Earlier this afternoon, both the House and Senate approved and sent the President the Conference Report for the Payroll Tax bill.  The legislation included a temporary patch to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule preventing for 10 months a pending 27% cut in payment rates to...
Feb 20, 2012
With Health Care Spending Still on the Rise, Payment Models Begin to Change
Earlier this week, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Wally Herger (R-CA) held a hearing on delivery system reforms that reward physicians who deliver high quality and efficient care.  At a time when our health care spending accounts for an overwhelming majority of the nation’s $3.7...
Feb 12, 2012
Improving Quality of Life for People with Chronic Diseases
February 9, 2012The Institute of Medicine (IOM) last week issued a report, Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Health Action, on the growing impact of chronic diseases in the United States and how the incidence of these highly manageable and largely preventable conditions are...
Feb 09, 2012
New Studies Lend Further Support for PFCD Initiatives
Recognizing the large savings that can result from even the most seemingly small improvements in health outcomes, we at the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) were encouraged by this week’s news developments that lend support to the kinds of reform we advocate for on a daily basis....
Feb 06, 2012
Evidence Based Care Coordination CAN Work in Medicare
January 31, 2012In light of the recent summary from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), “Lessons from Medicare's Demonstration Projects on Disease Management, Care Coordination, and Value-Based Payment” there has been some short-sighted reporting on the findings of the demonstrations that...
Jan 31, 2012
Small Improvements Translate into Big Savings
January 30, 2012Working off the momentum the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease gained last year, one of our focal points for 2012 will continue to be on finding and promoting ways to achieve better health outcomes for the chronically ill.  Obesity alone – which doubled between...
Jan 30, 2012
Viewpoints on Health Care Reform around the Debates
January 25, 2012As everyone gears up for an exciting presidential campaign year, health care reform continues to play a major role in the news and conversations this week due to the ongoing struggle candidates, lawmakers and policy analysts face in battling our national $2.7 trillion deficit and...
Jan 25, 2012
Health Affairs Briefing Addresses Costly Consequences of Diabetes Treatment in America
January 11, 2012This week I was honored to participate in a panel discussion at a Health Affairs briefing in Washington, D.C. on the costly consequences of the diabetes epidemic in United States.  The briefing, entitled “Confronting The Growing Diabetes Crisis,” opened up the dialogue about...
Jan 11, 2012
PFCD 2011 Year in Review & Looking Ahead to 2012
January 4, 2012In an effort to raise awareness of the leading cause of death, disability and rising health care costs in our country, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) worked throughout 2011 to broaden the discussion and advance solutions in health care particularly with respect...
Jan 04, 2012
Health Care Reform to be Top of Mind in 2012
December 20, 2011It's been almost a month since the Super Committee announced their stalemate on how best to reduce our national deficit. With no end in sight and the future of public health care programs in jeopardy, Democrats and Republicans alike are taking to the presidential campaign trail to...
Dec 20, 2011

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