Preventive Care: Cost and Utilization Implications of the Affordable Care Act

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Location: modesto, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 29, 2011 End Date/Time: Jun 29, 2011
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What will be the utilization impact of the Affordable Care Act upon preventive care services?
The provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 require plans to offer preventive care services with no cost sharing. In broad terms, health plans other than those that choose to remain grandfathered - eventually all health plans will be affected, are required to provide preventive services to their members without imposing cost-sharing obligations. As a result, there is some expectation that higher utilization of preventive care services may be seen in the coming years.

This presentation examines various issues involved in measuring and evaluating the impact of the Affordable Care Act with respect to preventive care services. Results of a Milliman study of three specific preventive services: flu shots, hepatitis B screenings and osteoporosis screenings, are provided as a means of benchmarking cost and utilization of applicable preventive services in order to evaluate the effect of the Affordable Care Act.