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Reform Update: Obesity, chronic-disease care could undermine cost control efforts
Modern Healthcare

The spreading obesity epidemic, greater intensity of medical care and greater prevalence of chronic disease contributed the most to health spending growth during the better part of the last quarter century, according to new research released this week.

As policymakers debate how best to slow health spending that is straining the federal budget, the results suggested cost containment efforts could fail unless they target health promotion and efficient chronic-disease management, wrote Kenneth Thorpe, a health policy and management professor in the Emory University School of Public Health, in the journal Health Affairs.