Navigation Links
Making Progress on Health Reform: Where Does Fighting Chronic Disease Fit In?
Date:2/24/2009

The First in a Series of Briefings Sponsored by The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Feb. 27 Capitol Hill briefing on chronic disease prevention and care - the first in a series of Health Care University events planned this year as the nation moves toward broad health care reform - will explore opportunities to deliver higher quality care at a lower price through reform built to promote health and incentivize better choices related to prevention and management of chronic illness.

The briefing, "Making Progress on Health Reform: Where Does Fighting Chronic Disease Fit In?" will be hosted by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and bring together some of the nation's leading health care experts in this field to discuss potential solutions to the chronic disease crisis. The briefing will begin at 2pm, Feb. 27, in room 1311 of the Longworth House Office Building.

"Americans are calling on their leaders for health reform that eases the burden of health care costs while also improving quality and access," said Ken Thorpe. "PFCD has outlined a set of solutions to help guide policymakers toward such health reform and policies that tackle the true cost driver in the system: chronic disease."

The briefing will focus on the promise of policies built around fighting chronic disease, and why immediate action through comprehensive health reform is critical. Speakers at the briefing will include:

  • Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
  • Marcus Plescia, M.D., MPH, chief of the Chronic Disease and Injury Section in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health; and President of the Board of Directors, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
  • David Wennberg, MD, MPH, Chief Science & Products Officer, Health Dialog

Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths and 75 percent of the $2.2 trillion spent on health care in the United States each year. More than 130 million Americans today have a chronic disease, many of which could either be effectively prevented or minimized through simple, low-cost disease prevention and management programs that would eliminate, not just shift, costs from the U.S. health care system. The annual economic impact on the U.S. economy of the seven most common chronic diseases is calculated to be $1.3 trillion, which could balloon to nearly $6 trillion by the middle of the century.

"While many health reform proposals under consideration get stuck in political debate, tackling chronic disease is the one thing that everyone - Republicans, Democrats and the public - all agree on," said Thorpe. "Given the toll chronic diseases are taking on our nation, the time to act is now."

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD)

The PFCD is a national and state-based coalition of more than 100 patients, providers, community organizations, business, labor and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of policies and practices that save lives and reduce health costs through more effective prevention and management of chronic disease. For more information, please visit www.fightchronicdisease.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Decision-making by residents on-call has miniscule negative impact on patient care
2. Americans Not Making Time for Making Love
3. Making the Case: special double issue of Critical Inquiry
4. St. Christophers Foundation For Children Ronald McDonald(R) Care Mobile Making Tri-State Visits to Provide Dental Care to Children at No Cost
5. A brainy idea 25 years in the making
6. Pelosi: We Remain Committed to Making SCHIP Into Law - With or Without the Presidents Support
7. Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones-Thompson Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements in Two Separate Federal Criminal Investigations
8. Aflac Honors Hispanic Entrepreneurs Making a Difference in Texas
9. Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC) Partners with Novartis Vaccines for Holiday Vaccination Clinic, Making Influenza Vaccination Convenient for Shoppers
10. Novartis Vaccines Partners With RediClinic for Holiday Vaccination Clinic, Making Influenza Vaccination Convenient for Shoppers
11. Novartis Vaccines to Host Holiday Vaccination Clinic, Making Influenza Vaccination Convenient for Shoppers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... Carolina (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... of a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The ... centuries. , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice ... overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, ... a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the ... to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The ... Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. ... and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. ... rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. If ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Rhinebeck, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of ... of companies that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 ... wage. This will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... RIDGE, Ill. and INDIANAPOLIS ... of students receiving a Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship ... The 2016 scholarship winners, announced today online at ... to let type 1 diabetes stand in the way ... Diabetes has supported the Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  Guerbet announced today ... Inc.,s Supplier Horizon Award . One ... Guerbet was recognized for its support of Premier members ... through clinical excellence, and commitment to lower costs. ... receive this recognition of our outstanding customer service from ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  Experian Health, the healthcare ... the patient payment and care experience, today ... products and services that will enhance the ... offerings. These award-winning solutions will enable healthcare ... compliant in an ever-changing environment and redefine ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: