Preventive care refers to a range of healthcare services and interventions designed to prevent or detect health issues before they become more severe or chronic to treat. The primary goal of preventive care is to promote and maintain overall health and well-being, reducing the risk of developing certain diseases or conditions.
However, sometimes the significance of preventive care is understated. According to a Health Affairs article, only 8% of US adults ages thirty-five and older received all the high-priority, appropriate clinical preventive services recommended for them. Also, nearly 5% of adults did not receive any such services.
By prioritizing preventive measures, doctors can improve patient outcomes and contribute to building a healthier future for individuals and communities. Therefore, this blog will explore the vital role of preventive care and its transformative impact on healthcare.
Five benefits of prioritizing preventive care
1.Enhanced Patient-Doctor Relationship
By emphasizing preventive care, doctors can establish a long-term relationship with patients, fostering trust and improving communication. Above all, this relationship allows a deeper understanding of patients’ health histories, risk factors, and lifestyle choices, enabling more personalized care. Read more in our blog How to improve patient loyalty to succeed.
2. Improved Health Outcomes
According to an Isr J Health Policy Res. article, access to quality primary care and preventive health services is associated with improved health outcomes and lower costs. Additionally, early diagnosis can allow appropriate interventions, potentially avoiding costly hospitalizations and invasive procedures.
3. Efficient Resource Allocation
Providers can allocate resources more efficiently by prioritizing preventive care. Moreover, preventing diseases and complications reduces the strain on healthcare facilities. Therefore, allowing better utilization of resources and improved patient care. Read more about this in our blog Practice Optimization: How to convert resources into revenue.
4. Cost Savings
Preventive care is a cost-effective approach. Investing in screenings, vaccinations, and early interventions can help patients avoid expensive medical treatments, hospitalizations, and long-term care. This can ultimately lead to reducing healthcare costs for providers and patients.
5. Patient Engagement
Encouraging patients to participate in their healthcare journey actively is vital. Doctors can engage patients through open dialogue, shared decision-making, and patient education materials, empowering them to make informed choices and take ownership of their well-being.
The transformative potential of preventive care cannot be overstated. For doctors, it leads to stronger patient relationships, improved outcomes, and optimized resource allocation. For patients, it offers disease prevention, cost savings, and an improved quality of life. Indeed, providers and patients can work together to build a healthier future by prioritizing preventive care.
At Health Prime, we can help!
Maximize patient and practice benefits by setting Annual Wellness Visits (AWV). AWV can help you decrease overall costs, increase practice revenue, and enhance good patient care.
Health Prime AWV will care for eligibility, appointments, virtual pre-visits, and reimbursements. Health Prime’s licensed nurses make increasing visits without provider burden possible. We handle the most time-intensive components of Medicare’s preventative care while you can take care of what matters most: your patients.
Our AWV program allows us to be your partner, allowing you to increase revenue by scheduling AWV and enriching patient care. Health Prime’s 5-star service counts with licensed, certified clinicians, reduces strain on clinicians and staff, and proves reimbursement success without upfront costs.
If you want to learn more about outsourcing your AWV services, contact us at [email protected] to set up a meeting with us.
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