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WASHINGTON — Larry Hausner, the CEO of the American Diabetes Association, will serve as the 2012 chairman of the National Health Council's board of directors, NHC said.
Hauser, who has served as ADA CEO since 2007, brings more than 20 years of extensive management experience in nonprofits, coupled with a strong understanding of mission-driven organizations, to his role, the organization said. In the coming year, NHC — which brings together segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers — will focus on the following issues:
Working with various federal agencies to define essential health benefits, required under the healthcare-reform law, in a way to balance effective coverage with appropriate cost;
Encouraging the development of new treatments and diagnostic tools for people with chronic conditions through passage of HR 3497, the MODDERN Cures Act;
Encouraging sustained funding for federal health programs and health research; and
Supporting comparative effectiveness research and the work of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
NHC consists of 100 national health-related organizations and businesses, including approximately 50 of the nation's leading patient advocacy groups, which control its governance. Other members include professional and membership associations, nonprofit organizations with an interest in health, and major pharmaceutical, medical device, health insurance and biotechnology companies.