Creating a wellness-based healthcare system is the focus on a new series of articles published by American Health and Drug Benefits, a peer reviewed journal. They cover a wide spectrum of topics on how to build and support prevention and wellness, particularly for chronic conditions. The ideas and information are particularly timely given the array of prevention and wellness initiatives in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA):

The 5 Eras of Healthcare Finance: Wellness as a Clinical Model by Thomas McCarter, MD, FACP; Farrah N. Daly, MD, MBA; and Keri Cooper

Epidemiology and Impact of Chronic Diseases: The Promise of Prevention by Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH

Bending the Curve, Changing Provider Organization: Implications for Wellness-Based Healthcare by Lawton Robert Burns, PhD, MBA

Wellness-Based Healthcare: Economic Incentives and Benefit Design by Gene Reeder, RPh, PhD

Wellness-Based Healthcare Policy: Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Insurance by Kip Piper, MA, FACHE

FDA Policies and Wellness-Based Healthcare: Approving and Paying for Prevention by Scott Gottlieb, MD

The Diabetes Ten City Challenge: Value-Based Benefit Design for Wellness-Based Care by Toni Fera, BPharm, PharmD

The Role of Wellness for Large Corporations: Trends and Models by Wayne M. Lednar, MD, PhD

Employers and a Culture of Health by Alberto M. Colombi, MD, MPH

Healthcare Reform: Impacts on Business by F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD

Pharmaceutical R&D Strategy and the Transition to Personalized Healthcare Planning by Michael F. Murphy, MD, PhD

The Role of Health Plans in Prevention and Wellness by Gary M. Owens, MD

Patient Engagement: From Medication Adherence to Health and Wellness by James T. Kenney, Jr, RPh, MBA

The Geisinger Model: Research Is a Core Asset by

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH; J.B. Jones, PhD, MBA; and Walter F. Stewart, PhD, MPH

Click here to read or download the above collection on Wellness-Based Healthcare System of Chronic Diseases: Prevention, Intervention, and Innovation (PDF).

Kip Piper is health policy editor of American Health and Drug Benefits. The journal’s 30,000 subscribers include decision makers in health plans, drug plans, Medicare, and Medicaid.