Posted on | January 28, 2009 | No Comments
Science has given us a new understanding of how cardio-metabolic disease works
Vascular disease and the conditions that produce arterial problems consume roughly one- third to one-half of the $2 trillion annual spend in American health care. The science and systems exist today to dramatically improve the quality and cost related to cardio-metabolic conditions but almost nothing has been done to implement these new tools since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published “Crossing the Quality Chasm” in 2001.
The most glaring example of the failure of medical and political leadership in these matters can be found in the treatment of chronic conditions, which consume 70 percent of our health care dollars. “Crossing the Quality Chasm” was a stinging indictment of American medicine, describing a system that is in need of fundamental change, with many professionals and patients concerned that the care delivered is not the care that we need. The report described a system that harms too frequently and routinely fails to deliver its potential benefits.