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Healthcare Providers and Unions Share Solutions for Healthcare Crisis

The nation's largest joint labor-management healthcare coalition released a report on how they are tackling the most expensive problem in our nation's healthcare system: the escalating social, economic and individual costs of treating and managing chronic disease.

According to the report, issued by the Partnership for Quality Care (PQC) and edited by Dr. Kenneth E. Thorpe of Emory University, there are proven strategies to combat the chronic disease that accounts for 7 out of 10 deaths in America and 75 cents of every healthcare dollar our country spends. Nearly 50 percent of Americans suffer from a chronic condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, congestive heart failure or asthma.

The report found that any national healthcare reform effort should focus on the following policy areas to improve outcomes in chronic care, including:

  • Improving quality and effectiveness of care delivery to ensure better health outcomes at lower costs.
  • Changing delivery systems to address healthcare disparities.
  • Empowering patients and consumers to share responsibility for cost and quality.

The Partnership for Quality Care cares for 60 million patients each year and its patients are constituents in more than 175 Congressional districts. Recently, every member of Congress was sent a copy of the PQC report, and while Congress is out of session, PQC members will begin briefing Congressional leaders and staff in their home districts on the report's findings and the importance of quality in the delivery of care. The report, "Quality, Cost Control, Universal Healthcare," shares success stories of managing and treating chronic care from hospitals and care systems throughout the country, including: Kaiser Permanente, the Mayo Clinic, Montefiore Medical Center, HealthPartners, Daughters of Charity Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, Jackson Health System, Catholic Healthcare West and Group Health Cooperative.

Through the coming year, the PQC plans to build on the public mandate for reform in our healthcare system. The organization's core mission is to ensure that everyone in America has affordable access to the highest quality healthcare. Within this mandate, key areas of focus will include: ensuring the healthcare workforce has the training, support and expertise to guarantee access to high quality care for all patients, addressing healthcare disparities, focusing on healthcare information technology, empowering patients to better direct and manage their own care and building a stronger healthcare system that prioritizes the coordination of care across all providers for all healthcare conditions.

Source: Partnership for Quality Care, November 5, 2008

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