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National Changing Diabetes Program Supports Improvements in Health Cost Estimates
Date:9/1/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Changing Diabetes((R) )Program (NCDP), a program of Novo Nordisk, commends Representative Donna M. Christensen, M.D. (D-VI) and Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) for sponsoring legislation that will lead to a more accurate assessment of the cost and benefits of preventive health, including preventing complications and delaying progression of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

The bipartisan Preventive Health Savings Act of 2009 (HR 3148), introduced Thursday, July 9, 2009, calls on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to weigh clinical or observational studies when modeling projected costs and savings related to preventive health, and in certain circumstances, look beyond the traditional 10-year budget window. These concepts, supported by researchers at the University of Chicago in a paper published today in Health Affairs, can inform the health care reform debate that will be taken up by Congress this fall.

Currently, the CBO, which provides Congress with impartial analyses of the costs of federal programs, uses traditional economic and actuarial approaches to assess the financial impact or "scores'' of health programs across a 10-year window of time. But in many cases, for chronic, progressive diseases such as diabetes, the true value of prevention and improved treatment outcomes become apparent only when assessed over a longer time period.

"Health care reform represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for creating a system which values prevention, but this promise will not be fully realized without modernizing the way Congress scores preventive health legislation," Congresswoman Christensen said. "The Preventive Health Savings Act requires CBO to conduct an initial analysis to determine whether the preventive health measure would result in substantial savings outsid
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