DMAA Supports 2009 Almanac of Chronic Disease, Participates in Document's Release with Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
WASHINGTON—Rising health care costs, driven by an increasing prevalence of chronic conditions, threaten the country's place as an economic leader, Tracey Moorhead, president and CEO of DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance, says in the 2009 Almanac of Chronic Disease.
The second annual Almanac, released today by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), with DMAA sponsorship, outlines the critical role preventing and reducing chronic conditions has on health care and economic reform efforts, and ultimately the nation's global competitiveness and economic growth.
"The PFCD Almanac provides an invaluable perspective on the challenges ahead for health care and reform efforts," Moorhead says. "True system reform and a national commitment to prevention and chronic condition management are two sides of the same coin. We simply cannot do one without doing the other."
The 2009 Almanac reports that:
In the Almanac, Moorhead emphasizes the economic imperative of controlling chronic disease and points to well-documented clinical and financial outcomes of state Medicaid programs to improve population health. "Reform efforts, however, must allow for flexibility in program design and execution—one size definitely does not fit all with public sector populations," she says in the Almanac's chapter on "Boosting U.S. Health and Productivity by Reducing Chronic Disease."
For more information on the PFCD and to view a copy of the Almanac of Chronic Disease, visit www.fightchronicdisease.org.
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About DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance
DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 corporate and individual stakeholders—including wellness, disease and care management organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers and benefit managers, health information technology innovators, biotechnology innovators, employers, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals, and researchers and academicians. Visit DMAA on the Web at www.dmaa.org.
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