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December 1, 2022

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  • Report finds low health literacy costs the U.S. billions annually

    The National Patient Safety Foundation based in Adams, MA, posted a report released by the University of Connecticut on its web site ( in October about the economic impact of low health literacy. The report, "Low Health Literacy: Implications for National Health Policy," stated the cost of low health literacy to the United States economy is in the range of $106-$236 billion.
  • Juggling staff and patient education duties

    Often a person in charge of patient education has other job duties, which might include staff education as well. Juggling responsibilities can be difficult, so how do you keep both balls in the air?
  • Plan STD educational outreaches for April

    "There are about 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted infectious diseases each year in the United States, and they don't just happen to people who are promiscuous or reckless.
  • Look for clues that patient comprehends information

    Physicians pressed for time need to note whether their patients truly comprehend what they're being told and what they read about their medications; deficient health literacy is being counted as one contributor to health care disparities in some populations.
  • Health plan targets the medically underserved

    By collaborating with hospitals, schools, and members of the community, UPMC Health Plan is providing health care services to a population that has traditionally been underserved.
  • Risk of second heart attack doubles with job stress

    When an employee returns to work after a heart attack, chronic job stress doubles their risk for another coronary heart disease event, according to a recent study.
  • Coalition takes on transition-of-care gaps

    The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), a coalition of 27 multidisciplinary stakeholders led by the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), has drafted a policy statement setting out problems stemming from transitions of care and outlining recommendations that can be taken by the health care industry and policy makers to improve transitions and patient care across the continuum.