DECEMBER - MONTHLY TOOLKIT
In December, Health is Primary is focusing on prevention and wellness and highlighting the role of primary care in helping patients stay healthy. We are sharing the facts about the importance of prevention in the United States and how investment in primary care and prevention provide better care and better health outcomes at lower costs.
THE FACTS ABOUT PREVENTION:
A one percent reduction in weight, blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol risk factors would save $83 to $103 annually in medical costs per person. (National Prevention Strategy, 2011).
Increasing use of preventive services, including tobacco cessation screening, alcohol abuse screening and aspirin use, to 90 percent of the recommended levels could save $3.7 billion annually in medical costs (National Prevention Strategy, 2011).
Medical costs are reduced by approximately $3.27 for every dollar spent on workplace wellness programs (National Prevention Strategy, 2011).
Tobacco use accounts for 11 percent of Medicaid costs and nearly 10 percent of Medicare costs (National Prevention Strategy, 2011).
Tobacco screening is estimated to result in lifetime savings of $9,800 per person (National Prevention Strategy, 2011).
BE A CHAMPION FOR PRIMARY CARE
ACOFP is a proud sponsor of Health is Primary, a communications campaign launched by Family Medicine for America's Health to help strengthen primary care and make America healthier.
Health is Primary advocates for the values of family medicine, demonstrates the benefits of primary care, and engages patients in our health care system.
SPREAD THE WORD
Visit healthispimary.org to download monthly toolkits, campaign ads and patient information sheets to display in your office and distribute to your patients.
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