Tell Congress: Adopt a Vision for Better Care
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Tell Congress: Adopt a Vision for Better Care

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      Campaign for Better Care

Millions of Americans suffer needlessly because our health care system does not provide coordinated, quality care to those who need it most. Our most vulnerable patients – older adults with multiple health problems and their families – are not getting the health care they need and deserve. Consider this:

• 78% of Americans age 55 and older are dealing with at least one chronic health condition like diabetes, heart disease or dementia.

• And older adults with five or more chronic health conditions have an average of 37 doctor visits, see 14 different doctors, and get 50 separate prescriptions each year.

From harmful drug interactions to duplicate tests and procedures to conflicting diagnoses and contradictory medical instructions, the system is failing millions of us.

There is a better way. Doctors should talk to one another, medical records should be at our fingertips, and patients (and their families) should not have to fend for themselves.

The Campaign for Better Care is working in partnership with patients, families, health care providers, hospitals and others to advance a “Vision for Better Care.”

Tell Congress today to Adopt a Vision for Better Care. 

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    1. Reached 17,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Our "representatives" are too busy fund raising and trying to get elected to develop much of a vision on anything. Plus, most don't have the knowledge of the medical field to make sensible suggestions even if they wanted to. But, if we had a signle payer, outcome based medical system like most of the rest of the "developed world" things would sort themselves out. Another key is for people to have a primary care physician to coordinate things...

    • Linda Nicholson LEBANON, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      My husband is without health insurance. My employer, a library, is no longer hiring full time because they cannot afford to pay for health insurance.

    • John Baker JUNEAU, AK
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have dealt with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) since 2008. Please let's all talk about the terrible Community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) and Hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA) infections in Alaska and Juneau. October 1 was World MRSA Survivor Day. It is all over the Internet and widely discussed everywhere except Alaska.

      We don't want to attack our hospitals, but we want to educate the community on just how we can help them prevent this very horrific infection affecting us all. I know it will step on high money toes, but lives are at stake - for example, all the babies recently infected at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. We must get our hospitals to start reporting the danger of MRSA and testing patients before admitting, so the rate of this life threatening infection will decline.

      - John Baker, MRSA survivor and concerned citizen

      HI John,

      Have you introduced legislation in your state for reporting MRSA infection rates and mandate screening of high risk patients for MRSA upon admission? Read under advocacy – model bill at and introduce a similar bill in Alaska. Now five other states have passed similar legislation since I passed this legislation in Illinois in 2007. That is how you can really make a difference. 85% of all MRSA infections are HA-MRSA, and that is where people are dying. Start by meeting with you district state rep and senator and ask them to introduce this bill.



      The MRSA Screening and Reporting Act

      MRSA Control Program. In order to improve the prevention of hospital-associated bloodstream infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (“MRSA”), every hospital shall establish a MRSA control program that requires:

      (1) Identification of all MRSA-colonized patients in all intensive care units, and other at-risk patients identified by the hospital, through active surveillance testing.

      (2) Isolation of identified MRSA-colonized or MRSA-infected patients in an appropriate manner.

      (3) Monitoring and strict enforcement of hand hygiene requirements.

      (4) Maintenance of records and reporting of cases under Section 10 of this Act. (Source: P.A. 95-312 effective 8-20-07)

      Sec.10 Reporting by Dept. of Public Health.

      (a) After Oct. 1, 2007, the dept. of Public Health shall compile aggregate data for all hospitals on the total number of infections due to MRSA that (1) are persent on admission to a hospital and (2) occurred during the hospital stay, reported separately, as complied from diagnostic codes contained in the hospital Discharge Dataset provided to the Dept; provided, that this reporting requirement shall apply only for patients in all intensive care units and other at-risk patients identified by hospitals for active surveillance testing for MRSA. The Dept. is authorized to require hospitals, based on guidelines developed by the National Center for Health Statistics, after October 1, 2007 to submit data to the Dept. that is coded as “present on admission” and “occurred during the stay”.

      (b) the Dept. shall make such data available on its web site, in all annual reports, and on the Hosp


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