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Eliminating the Prevention and Wellness Fund is penny wise, pound foolish

There has been a lot of recent buzz in the health care community and on Capitol Hill about the Prevention and Wellness Fund and how its financial resources will be allocated. The Fund finances many significant prevention and wellness initiatives and delivery system reforms, including access to care, health IT and care coordination.

The Specifics of Prevention in PPACA

Assistant Secretary for Health David Koh and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius published an article yesterday in NEJM about the importance of prevention and wellness and how PPACA helps “individuals, worksites, communities, and the nation at large" to live well.

I’d like to take a moment and applaud Koh and Sebelius for explaining in detail exactly how PPACA improves preventive care in the U.S.

Hospitals Improving Patient Care via Care Coordination Efforts

Great Marketwatch article by Anya Martin about increased care coordination efforts made by hospitals and required by PPACA, “Hospitals take steps to keep patients safe -- and at home.”

Preventable hospital readmissions put patients at increased risk and drive up health spending, especially in Medicare. In fact, it’s predicted that preventable hospital readmissions that occur within a 30-day window will add $250 billion to Medicare spending over the next 10 years.

Care Coordination is Common Sense

A recent Fortune article, “Common sense saves Illinois $140 million in health care costs,” discusses the cost saving evidence of community health teams and coordinated care. As the title states, care coordination is common sense. Not only does it save lives and improve the quality of care delivered to patients, its cost savings are substantial.

PPACA Examples of Success

The White House Office of Public Engagement on the Affordable Care Act is seeking "real life" examples of individuals benefiting from implementation of PPACA (i.e. those getting preventive care who were previously unable to do so).

Trust for America's Health is collecting examples. Please send all examples to info@fightchronicdisease.org and PFCD will pass them along. Be sure to include where they're from, contact information, etc.

Public Education Key to Successful Implementation

A recent USA Today article reported that – based on three polls conducted just last month –  large percentages of Americans are uninformed about what provision are included in PPACA.

Unhealthy living comes with a hefty price tag

A recent Gallup study, discussed at length here, measured the wellbeing of adults across the U.S. and found that those with a stronger wellbeing score had lower health care costs and were at less risk for chronic disease.

Adults whose wellbeing was “struggling” or “suffering” were 64 percent more likely than adults with “thriving” wellbeing to have one or more new chronic conditions diagnosed in the past year.

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