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Wellness provisions under the Affordable Care Act may lower costs

August 20, 2012
Uncategorized By LW Consulting Inc.

Now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been found constitutional in a five-to-four vote by the Supreme Court Justices, it is time to consider some of the benefits this legislation holds for patients and their families. Immunizations as well as early diagnostic procedures, such as mammograms, are now free of charge.

Also, the Washington Post cited that consumers will no longer have to handle co-payments, as it is now illegal for insurers to charge this expense when it comes to a variety of preventative healthcare services.

"When you remove cost barriers, people are much more likely to use services, and that's been demonstrated for many, many years," Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the news source.

Along with the long-debated individual mandate requiring most citizens to purchase health coverage, the Affordable Care Act also has measures aimed at improving fitness and wellness and thereby lowering healthcare costs. Some of these objectives became law two years ago, while the individual mandate won't go into effect until 2014.

The news source also explained that many chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease can be attributable to the fact that one-third of all Americans are obese. However, the provisions under the Affordable Care Act call for preventative services and emphasize the need for fitness.

American Medical News also reported that employee wellness programs are a great way to stabilize healthcare costs. In fact, some employers are even instituting financial incentives for workers who prove they are implementing a healthy lifestyle.

Medical providers that are looking to minimize costs, institute prevention approaches and improve quality of care may want to speak with a medical billing consultant as well as a professional offering healthcare consulting services.