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Medication Adherence: Taking Daily Steps for Healthier Outcomes

October 17, 2013

Managing 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 people who suffer from chronic diseases adhere to treatment recommendations. Adherence is a primary determinant of healthy outcomes, yet three out of four Americans report that they don’t always take their medicines as directed.

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.

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 providers. But it’s hard to know whether that research will meet that potential by generating data that will be practical and usable in improving and targeting health care delivery.

Hunger is a Health Issue

By Lee W. Hammerling, MD, ProMedica chief medical officer

Chronic 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 illness more severe. And hungry or malnourished children are more prone to colds, developmental delays, and other ailments.

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 Nurses

The statistics are startling and demand attention: One in three children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese. Today’s children could be the first generation to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. But we can reverse this trend and bring health costs down at the same time by investing in transformative and cross-cutting disease prevention programs. This is why the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) believes that addressing obesity in America should be a national priority. We can save children from life-threatening diseases by better managing and preventing obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases.

AMA Declaration and Proposed Legislation Provides Additional Tools to Curb Obesity and Diabetes in Medicare

June 19, 2013

Today 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 growing epidemic by providing physicians with the necessary tools to address obesity and diabetes in this country.

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.

Key Element Missing in Healthcare Decisions: Patients

February 4, 2013

We 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 general recognition that engaging patients in the critical decisions affecting their health are central to improving health and healthcare system performance, there are still significant gaps between what patients want and what they actually receive.

Last Week in Health Care

December 17, 2012

Several interesting health care-related stories from last week…from Thursday’s Washington Post’s Health & Science section, David Brown outlined a new study that highlights the long term burdens of disease.  In Thursday’s Politico Jason Millman painted a picture of what Medicaid might look like after entitlement cuts.

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