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Making Progress in Medicare Matters

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

People are fatigued with political staredowns and want Democrats and Republicans to work together to develop solutions. One of our most important domestic challenges involves the Medicare program.

Don't Rush to Judgment: Medical Homes Can Improve Outcomes, Save Lives

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

When it comes to health care and decisions that affect the well-being of millions of Americans, immediacy shouldn't guide reforms or drive policy changes. It's prudent to assess research-grabbing headlines by taking a deep breath, maintaining a sense of perspective and not jumping to hasty conclusions.

Proposed Medicare Changes Threaten Nation's Most Vulnerable

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

Instituting ill-conceived changes will not only fail to rein in Medicare's long-term spending growth, but will inflict severe and unnecessary harm on our nation's poor and elderly who are suffering from serious physical and behavioral illnesses.

Stop a Violation of Health Care Reform in Oregon

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

Moving squarely against the Affordable Care Act's objective of providing comprehensive health insurance for all Americans, Oregon has made a disconcerting move to restrict access to care for those who need it most -- low-income, cancer patients.

Addressing the More Immediate Cost Drivers in Medicare

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

If we're truly concerned about the costs taxpayers will bear in the future for Medicare, here's something to keep in mind. The highest rates of obesity are found among members of the baby boom generation.

Value of Employee Wellness Programs

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Kenneth Thorpe

We believe it would be unfortunate if the idea that employee wellness programs bring no return on investment took hold and became conventional wisdom. These initiatives are critical weapons in the ongoing war against chronic disease.

The Link Between Fiscal Health and Population Wellness

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

When Democrats and Republicans debate over how best to "cut" the Medicare benefit, we're not hearing nearly enough about the impact these potential cuts could have on the health and wellness of the patient in this process.