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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
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