The five overarching recommendations that the group advocates are:
-- Advance sustainable "Next Generation" chronic disease prevention,
early intervention, and management models throughout the health care
system and public health infrastructure
-- Promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention and management
in every community
-- Encourage and reward continuous advances in clinical practice
and research that improve the quality of care for those with prevalent
and costly chronic diseases
-- Accelerate improvements in the quality and availability of health
information technology (HIT) throughout the health care system
-- Reduce health disparities by focusing on barriers to good health
Under each one of these recommendations, the group outlines more specific "ideas for change" which draw upon programs from across the country that have been proven as successful models in improving quality of care and offering value.
The PFCD's platform was drafted with the assistance of more than 80 diverse partner organizations representing the interests of businesses, labor groups, and health care providers. These diverse groups are united by a common ground: the desire to highlight chronic disease prevention as a critical piece of any serious health care plan.
"Our interest is that of the American people," said Richard Carmona,
M.D., M.P.H., FACS, Chairperson of the Partnership to Fight Chronic
Disease, 17th U.S. Surgeon General (2002-2006), and President of the Canyon
Ranch Institute. "Candidates from both sides of the aisle must address this
issue and create a health care system, rather than a sick care system. By
addressing this issue now, we can save precious l
|SOURCE Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease|
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