Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Event on the Economic Impact of Chronic Disease
Friday, March 17, 2017
The cost of chronic diseases continues to rise and an increasing percentage of the population experiences multiple chronic diseases, leading the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) to devote the entire March issue to the prevention and management of chronic disease.
To highlight the issue, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease held a panel discussion titled “Assessing Chronic Disease Impact and Population Health Dividend” at the Kaiser Center for Total Health on March 7, 2017, extending an invitation to NACDD to attend. Panel presentations covered various perspectives on the effects of chronic disease and focused on the impact on families, employers, and government budgets.
The distinguished panel included Ken Thorpe, chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease presenting the findings of a recent study of the economic impact of chronic disease on household income with a focus on arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, acute myocardial infarction, diabetes and lung disease. The percent change in income was highest when the head of household had heart disease or lung disease. Dr. Michael E. Chernew, co-editor of the AJMC, reviewed federal spending on health as a percent of GDP, the rising costs in Medicaid, and private health care spending. Jed Constantz, from Employer Advantage Health Care Solutions, presented information from the perspective of self-funded employer health care.
A recording of the event can be found in a March 7 post on the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Facebook page.