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February 25, 2014


Categories: Policy

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Solving the Obesity Epidemic with 550 Dollars & 5.5 Hours: A Look at Obesity and the ACA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to “put consumers back in charge of their health care.” Yet, in the earliest versions of the draft bill, there wasn’t a single mention of obesity, a disease that affects more than 78 million adult Americans. It would be hard to imagine – if it hadn’t been reality – that a condition that affects more than one-third of the U.S. adult population would not be included in one of the biggest changes in healthcare in our lifetimes. But, thanks in part to a set of recommendations put forth by the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, — a coalition of more than 80 member organizations that CCA has managed for the past seven years – today’s ACA can impact on people with obesity. In fact, if all who are eligible enrolled, it is estimated that five million people with obesity would be in the Medicaid system. These qualifying enrollees will have access to intensive behavioral counseling for obesity as part of a CMS National Coverage Determination (NCD). This NCD, which was put forth in 2011, was one of the first major acknowledgments of the need for obesity intervention, not just prevention.Continue Reading

April 26, 2012


Categories: Global Healthcare

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All it Takes is a Network

Help Wanted: Innovators to address the most pressing issues in healthcare. Must think outside the box and be willing to take on some of the most challenging issues. Please apply within. It wasn’t a job listing, but it was the premise for the recent TEDMED event in Washington, DC, called the Great Challenges program. Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Great Challenges would use a 3-day competition to find the 20 most pressing health challenges in America – challenges that would then benefit from year-round attention and conversations among multi-disciplinary teams of scientists. With the requirement that the issue had to be presented using cutting-edge ideas and unusual perspectives, there hardly seemed a better venue for the CCA signature program the STOP Obesity Alliance to make its case. How to get selected was our greatest challenge. Obesity had to distinguish itself among a range of important issues, ranging from unwed teen pregnancy to mental health to healthcare acquired infections. Issues were paired with advocates who had to encourage the organization’s 55,000+ delegates to vote for their health issue as the most challenging and important. The advocates were encouraged to use social networks to gain additional public votes. The directorContinue Reading