Editorial  |   May 2013
Occupational Therapy in Prevention and Wellness: Retaining Relevance in a New Health Care World
Author Affiliations
  • Wendy C. Hildenbrand, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Education, University of Kansas, Mail Stop 2003, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66160; whildenb@kumc.edu
  • Amy Jo Lamb, OTD, OTRL, FAOTA, is Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, and Vice President, American Occupational Therapy Association
Article Information
Health and Wellness / Health Policy Perspectives
Editorial   |   May 2013
Occupational Therapy in Prevention and Wellness: Retaining Relevance in a New Health Care World
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2013, Vol. 67, 266-271. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.673001
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2013, Vol. 67, 266-271. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.673001
With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23, 2010, preventing chronic disease and improving the health of the public became a centerpiece of health reform. Upheld largely by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012, legislation and funding to ensure focused attention on prevention initiatives remain intact. The reelection of President Obama, the originator and prime supporter of the ACA, further solidified momentum for implementation of health care reform. Poised to expand health coverage and health services for all Americans, the ACA proposes changing a health care delivery system that limits access to care, compromises provision of quality services, increases costs as a result of system inefficiencies, and lacks attention to basic prevention and wellness supports.
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