Navigation Links
Partnership for Prevention Offers Health Reform Recommendations to Congress

Cover more clinical preventive services, dedicate funding source to public health

WASHINGTON,Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Partnership for Prevention today unveiled health reform recommendations to Congress that would strengthen disease prevention and health promotion efforts to tackle the chronic diseases that are causing medical costs to spiral.

Under these proposals, federally funded insurance programs would provide highly cost-effective clinical preventive services with no deductibles or co-pays, while Congress would provide incentives to states, health care providers and employers to deliver such services. Meanwhile, a stand-alone revenue source would be established to fund state and local efforts to create healthy environments and promote healthy lifestyles, while a Public Health Advisory Commission would be created to recommend how that funding should be allocated. The complete list of recommendations is available online at:

"Giving all Americans access to quality, affordable medical care will not by itself rein in the ballooning health care costs that threaten to overwhelm our government and our economy," Corinne G. Husten MD, Partnership's interim president, said at a policy forum on health reform. "We must address the drivers of those costs and do more to keep people healthy.

"Real health reform must start with prevention," she said. "Without a much stronger emphasis on prevention than now exists, we have little hope of controlling costs without sacrificing health."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes account for about 75 percent of the nation's aggregate health care spending - or about $5,300 per person in the U.S. each year.

Partnership's recommendations focus on three areas: increased utilization of clinical preventive services, promotion of community preventive services, and increasing the impact of prevention through research and performance measurement.

The recommendation to cover preventive services in federally sponsored health insurance programs would apply to Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration, as well as the private-sector health insurance offerings included in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The covered services would be those recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

The newly created Public Health Advisory Commission would also recommend strategies to hold the public health system accountable for achieving the "Healthy People" health goals sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Partnership also recommends increased investment in research on effective clinical and community preventive services, as well as improved data systems to monitor progress in meeting Healthy People goals.

Partnership's recommendations were drawn from a series of policy papers commissioned from leading national public health authorities. The papers cover such diverse topics as modernizing Medicare to improve the delivery of preventive services, determining the content of a package of preventive services, linking the clinical care and public health systems, strengthening the role of the nation's public health system, reorganizing the Department of Health and Human Services, and expanding worksite health promotion programs.

The authors of the papers include: Kurt Stange, professor of family medicine, epidemiology & biostatistics, and sociology and oncology at Case Western Reserve University; Steven Woolf, professor at the departments of family medicine, epidemiology and community health at Virginia Commonwealth University; Douglas Kamerow, chief scientist at RTI; Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County 's Director of Health; Ron Goetzel, Director of Emory University's Institute for Health and Productivity Studies;Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson, and Larry Lewin, health consultant and founder of The Lewin Group. All of the papers are available at

SOURCE Partnership for Prevention
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. TriWest Creates First-of-its-Kind Partnership to Offer Military Leaders With Grief Support Program
2. BDSI secures US commercial partnership for BEMA Fentanyl with Meda AB
3. Survey From The Partnership and MetLife Foundation Reveals Important Role Todays Grandparents Play in Teens Lives
4. B-Line Medical(TM) and the Center for Medical Simulation Announce Partnership
5. NASN Joins Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
6. Chemical Diversity Initiates International Prostrate Cancer Discovery Partnership
7. MetLife Foundation Begins New Phase of Award-Winning Parenting Skills Campaign in Collaboration with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America(R)
8. Stille and Enova Form Strategic Partnership to Introduce Worlds Brightest LED Cordless Surgical Headlights Into Europe and Japan
9. Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Announces Ideas for Change in Health Care
10. Partnership for a Drug-Free America and Colorado Springs Police Department Introduce Methamphetamine Prevention Program to Colorado Law Enforcement
11. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Partnership Plan Wins Nevada Immunization Award
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... ... It’s inevitable that everyone will experience death in his or her lifetime. ... lives among us. It is your perspective, however, that determines how you view death ... T Sky understands that she may see death more frequently than most. As she ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Sikka Software announced today that ... Their Ecosystem empowers dentists to make complex business decisions by providing the tools and ... a free fee survey with 10 procedures customized by zip code. , The ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... Insightra Medical, Inc. and Novus Scientific ... for soft tissue repair in the US via Insightra’s national direct sales channel. ... intended to support and reinforce soft tissue for 6-9 months before absorbing completely ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Columbia, Maryland (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... human interactions could be of critical importance to the medical schools of the ... SIMmersion exhibited its healthcare suite at the 2015 ChangeMedEd conference in Chicago, organized ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... a leading provider of enterprise Time and Attendance/Workforce Management cloud-based solutions, announced ... Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in the Application Development, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... Belgium , Nov. 30, 2015   ... focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range ... will present at the LD Micro Conference, which will be ... CA. Attending from VolitionRx will be David ... Powell , Vice President of Investor Relations. ® ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... IRVINE, Calif. and REHOVOT, Israel ... privately held specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring and ... disorders, today announced the appointment of Keith A. ... directors. Gregory J. Flesher , chief executive ... experience in building successful organizations.  As chairman, he will ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... 2015   Royal Philips  (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) ... the 2015 Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting ... in Chicago . Visitors to the ... broad portfolio of integrated Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical Informatics, Image ... performance, improve workflow and create a superior patient experience. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: