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Wellness and prevention programs are known to save money however it is underused. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) wellness programs has become a National public health strategy to address the increasing chronic diseases and reduce the cost. According to public health record, Americans spend more on healthcare than any other country. Changing the healthcare system to prevention and wellness is essential. A 2006 study “determined that increasing the use of preventive services including tobacco cessation screening, alcohol abuse screening, and aspirin use—to 90% of the recommended levels could save $3.7 billion annually in medical costs. Shifting our nation’s focus toward preventive health will not only result in cost savings but, more importantly, will save and improve lives” (Benjamin, 2011).
According to American Nurses Today, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACT) gives nurse the opportunity to provide a pivotal role in a leading change. Nurses fit in this shift by providing care more towards preventative care; provide chronic care management to the aging, sicker, and more diverse population; and offer end-of-life care that stresses on comfort and compassion especially geriatrics population. Nurses must do more to prepare themselves for the future by furthering their education. Nurses play important roles as innovators who help shape quality and safety. Successful models aren’t born, implemented, or sustained without solid effectiveness data. It’s up to all nurses to collect and track data to improve their own practice as part of broader efforts to improve care (America Nurses Today, 2010).
America Nurses Today. (2010). Nursing’s role in healthcare reform. Retrieved from: https://www.americannursetoday.com/nursings-role-in-healthcare-reform/
Benjamin, R. (2011). The National Prevention Strategy: Shifting the Nation’s Health-Care System. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3185312/