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  • Despite the potential consequences for babies, up to 10 percent of pregnant women opt to deliver through C-section or induction prior to 39 weeks gestation without medical indication. 

  • The CDC has declared adolescent vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) one of the top five public health priorities of 2014. Last month the President's Cancer Council also issued an urgent call to action to improve HPV vaccination rates.

  • Evidence has consistently shown that hospital consolidations are associated with higher prices, but preventing anti-competitive mergers has proven difficult.

  • For decades steady increases in lifestyle-related illnesses have affected our quality of life and our bottom line. With more than half of Americans now facing at least one chronic disease, the status quo is no longer acceptable. 

  • Health care is a uniquely challenging consumer experience: it can be complex and expensive but also vital and deeply personal. It’s no wonder that consumers are looking to technology to help simplify their health care choices—and businesses are increasingly meeting them with solutions.

  • Patient-centered care has at its base a very powerful concept: health care decisions should be driven by the preferences, needs and values of the patient. In this essay, Michael Millenson identifies three distinct ways of thinking about patient-centered care—ethically, economically and clinically.

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Webinar: Preventing Prematurity: Opportunities for Health Plans

April 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

Over the past two decades, the rate of preterm births has increased by 36 percent with preterm births now accounting for 12.5 percent of all live births.  Contributing to this increase is a rise in elective inductions and cesarean deliveries prior to 37 weeks gestation, despite evidence and guidelines recommending against elective deliveries before 39 weeks without clinical indication.  Preterm births are both emotionally and financially costly, taking a toll on the family and resulting in high direct health care costs due to longer hospital stays and hospital readmissions.  This webinar will bring together health plans and leaders in the maternal and child health community to share innovative programs and explore strategies to reduce preterm birth and the associated costs.

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