News Headlines Article

Partnering for Growth via Wellness
HealthLeaders Media

Eating right and exercising more is advice doctors have been giving out for decades, but getting patients to actually do it can be tough; however, healthcare reform both directly and indirectly provides a carrot and stick for healthcare providers to encourage wellness. Insurance companies have had to expand their coverage to include the now-required preventive services for adults, seniors, pregnant women, and children. Wellness visits, personalized prevention plans, and health risk screenings for patients are services explicitly spelled out in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The rationale is that catching the early onset of chronic diseases will allow providers to help patients modify their behavior to prevent future health complications and hospitalizations.