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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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NIHCM Foundation hosted a webinar entitled "Partnering to Promote Health Equity for Adolescents" on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM (EDT).

Adolescents in the U.S. are an increasingly diverse population and, as a result, are facing significant health care inequities. Given the economic burden of health disparities and premature death – over $1.24 trillion in direct and indirect costs between 2003 and 20061 – adolescence is a critical time period to arm youth with appropriate health information and ensure they have an opportunity to grow up in healthy and safe communities. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act lays a foundation for the U.S. to eliminate health disparities by expanding access to coverage and improving community prevention programs, as well as through specific provisions targeting racial and ethnic health disparities. To explore these and other opportunities to achieve health equity for adolescents, NIHCM convened stakeholders to discuss how health plans and health plan foundations can provide the education, tools and resources necessary for adolescents to lead long and healthy lives.

1LaVeist TA, Gaskin DJ, & Richard P. The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States. Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies, 2009.

 
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