The affordable care act: New opportunities for cardiac rehabilitation in the workplace?

Sherry O. Pinkstaff, Ross Arena, Jonathan Myers, Leonard Kaminsky, Paige Briggs, Daniel E. Forman, Mahesh J. Patel, Lawrence P. Cahalin

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Abstract

Many people affected by cardiovascular disease (CVD) are working age. Employers bear a large percentage of the costs associated with CVD. Employers pay 80 times more in diagnosis and treatment than in prevention, although there is evidence that 50% to 70% of all diseases are associated with preventable health risks. As a result, the worksite is an appealing location to deliver health care.Cardiac rehabilitation has developed a track record of delivering improved outcomes for patients with CVD. Partnerships between cardiac rehabilitation providers and worksite health programs have the potential to improve referral and participation rates of employees with CVD. The current era of health reform in the United States that has been stimulated by the Affordable Care Act provides an ideal opportunity to reconsider worksite health programs as an essential partner in the health care team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)809-813
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume56
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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