Paying—and Playing—for Prevention: Is it Worth a Pound of Cure?

February 3, 2011
by Holly Korda
Altarum blog


The focus on wellness and prevention is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or P.L.111-148) with an emphasis on value-based health care: improving access and quality of care while slowing health care cost growth. This wellness and prevention focus includes certain clinical prevention services, and expands the continuum of care to include community-based programs. It also reflects the PPACA’s emphasis on population health. The PPACA is investing $15 billion over 10 years on health care providers and programs that promote prevention, including $500 million in fiscal year 2010 for improving community and clinical prevention efforts, improving research and data collection, and increasing the number of primary care professionals (1).

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