Next year heralds major changes in nation's health care

May 6, 2013 3:26 PM

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Next year heralds major changes in nation's health care

WASHINGTON -- Within the next 12 months, consumers could get a quick check-up at the pharmacy, text glucose levels to a doctor through a smart-phone app or earn bonuses for treadmill time from their employer--all as the nation grapples with growing health care costs.

Spurred in part by the 2010 health care law, also known as the Affordable Care Act, as well as by the chronic disease costs associated with obesity, insurers, providers and businesses have re-imagined everything from where a person with a sprained finger should go for care to what employers can do t...

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