■ Starting in 2014, certain publicly and privately insured patients will be able to receive approved preventive services at no additional out-of-pocket cost. Services given a grade of A (substantial net benefit) or B (moderate-to-substantial net benefit) by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force will be covered for free for patients meeting gender, age and risk factor prerequisites. Use this tool to determine your patient's free preventive services.
■ The YMCA’s diabetes prevention program teaches patients healthier eating and exercise habits to shed pounds. A big part of the learning process comes from sharing the experience with other program participants.
■ Hundreds of thousands of physicians technically were eligible to participate in Medicare's pay-for-reporting program in 2011, but most chose not to or were unable to meet requirements. Success rates varied widely by the states and specialties in which doctors practiced.
■ Major health systems have launched affiliate programs that get their name out far beyond their usual geographic scope. Affiliates get to use the name and access to the resources of a major institution.