In recent years, a prevention model of health has woven its way into the fabric of traditional models of care. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act the role preventive services has expanded significantly in the US health care delivery system. Preventive health care services prevent diseases and illnesses from happening in the first place rather than treating them after they happen.
“Category A & B” preventive services recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force are now included (at no cost to consumers) in all Qualified Health Plans offered on the marketplace. In addition, many employer-based and government-sponsored health plans have included Category A & B preventive services in the health insurance plans they offer to their respective members.
Currently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends 54 Category A & B preventive services that include screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications for adults, adolescents, and children. The Task Force operates within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The Task Force consists of a panel of experts representing public health, primary care, family medicine, and academia. They update the list of recommended services by reviewing best practices research conducted across a wide range of disciplines.