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Major Stakeholders in Health Reform Debate Call for Greater Focus on Disease Prevention and Management in Senate Finance Committee's Policy Options Paper
Date:5/18/2009

and treatment after a health crisis to helping beneficiaries pro-actively manage their health by emphasizing prevention, early intervention, and appropriate treatment.
  • Introduce care-coordination strategies in Medicare such as patient-centered medical homes and community health teams to strengthen communication between doctors and patients and reduce errors, wasteful spending and disparities.
  • Design financial incentives for patients and providers in Medicare to lower barriers to patient compliance with provider recommendations and prescribed care to prevent, detect, and manage disease.

  • Of note, the group also emphasized that slowing the progression of chronic disease is critical to improving our nation's health, guarding the financial stability of our health care system, and expanding our nation's economic horizons.

    Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths and affect more than 130 million Americans. The annual economic impact on the U.S. of the seven most common chronic diseases is estimated to be $1.3 trillion, which could balloon to nearly $6 trillion by 2050.

    About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease:

    The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national and state-based coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease. For more information about the PFCD and its partner organizations, please visit: www.fightchronicdisease.org.


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