CDC: Over 100 million Americans had diabetes or prediabetes in 2015

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An estimated 12.2% of U.S. adults had diabetes in 2015, including one in four aged 65 and older, according to the latest national estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one-quarter of the 30.2 million adults with diabetes were not aware they had it, based on data from... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, chronic conditions, prevention

Bill to reauthorize, expand MA special needs plans clears committee

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The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday approved legislation (H.R. 3168) that would reauthorize Medicare Advantage special needs plans and expand supplemental benefits to meet the needs of chronically ill enrollees, as advocated by the AHA. “This legislation gives plans the flexibility to tailor... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, chronic conditions

Patients, advocates urge Senate to protect health coverage

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At an event today in Reno, NV, patients and other health care advocates urged the U.S. Senate to protect coverage for patients as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C. Speakers included heart disease and breast cancer survivors, a local business owner and mother, Nevada Medical Center CEO Alan... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, chronic conditions

Senate Finance Committee passes chronic care bill

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The Senate Finance Committee today voted unanimously to approve the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870), legislation to improve care management, coordination and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Among other provisions, the bill would extend the Independence at Home demonstration; provide... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, ACO, Telehealth, chronic conditions

CMS, HRSA release Medicare chronic care management resources

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health and Health Resources and Service Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy today launched an educational initiative for Medicare patients and health care professionals on the benefits of chronic care management services.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, coding, nurses, chronic conditions

CDC mapping tool shows prevalence of certain chronic conditions for 500 cities

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week released a mapping tool that allows users to view the prevalence of certain chronic conditions, behaviors and risk factors that have a substantial effect on people’s health for 500 of the nation’s largest cities. The application is part of the 500... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, Coverage, chronic conditions

CDC: About 40 million adults have noise-induced hearing loss

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An estimated one in four adults have noise-induced hearing loss, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Forty million Americans show some hearing damage from loud noise, with nearly 21 million reporting no exposure to loud noise at work," ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, chronic conditions, prevention

AHA brief examines how hospitals are holding the line on costs

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Hospitals and health systems have been leaders in controlling costs in the health care sector, with hospital price growth in 2015 at the slowest annual rate since 1998 and Medicare spending growth for hospital services at its lowest level in 17 years, according to a data brief on hospital care costs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Electronic Health Records, Coverage, regulation, workforce, chronic conditions, drug prices

Senate Finance leaders introduce chronic care legislation

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Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee and its Chronic Care Working Group yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 3504) to improve care management, coordination and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Among other provisions, the bill would extend the Independence at Home... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: chronic conditions

AHA weighs in on Senate Finance workgroup chronic care draft legislation

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The AHA Nov. 22 commended the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group (CCWG) on the release of its recent draft legislation to address the needs of Medicare beneficiaries and recommended further refinements.

“We appreciate the deliberate and thoughtful process undertaken by the CCWG to... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, chronic conditions, care coordination

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