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Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Critical Focus of Healthcare Reform

December 18, 2013

More 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 refreshed a strong commitment to the 2010 Strategic Framework, a roadmap for bringing together HHS programs and policies as well as bridging public and private partnerships to effectively address the increasing burden of multiple chronic conditions.

Identifying Roles and Maximizing Success in the Pursuit of Health & Wellness

December 5, 2013

Grappling 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 denominator. Though debates continue as to the level of contribution more sedentary lifestyles and greater caloric consumption have made, there is no debate that addressing obesity requires an “all-hands-on-deck” approach.

Family Caregiving Has Many Faces

By John Schall, CEO of the Caregiver Action Network
October 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 expected. But my sister was telling me that it was my 80-year old mother who just had a stroke, not my 93-year old father. That was definitely unexpected.

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.

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