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Socioeconomic Factors Key To Variation In Medicare Spending

Underlying socioeconomic and demographic characteristics have important implications for the geographic patterns in Medicare spending, according to a new paper released by the Brookings Institution. The paper examines geographic variation in Medicare and non-Medicare health spending and finds little support for the view that most of the variation is likely attributable to differences in practice...
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How Physician Groups Manage Patients’ Chronic Illnesses

Some 50 million Americans suffer from asthma, congestive heart failure, depression, or diabetes. Effective tools to treat these chronic conditions have emerged, but little is known about whether physicians actually use these tools. A research team surveyed physician organizations on whether they used care management processes such as disease registries, case managers, and education in...
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Health Literacy And Making Health Decisions

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand the basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened the Roundtable on Health Literacy, which sponsored a workshop in November 2013 that focused on the implications of health literacy for the mission...
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Health Literacy And Patient Education Materials

Health literacy is well recognized as a challenge, with many adults lacking the requisite skills to engage successfully in their health care. The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) helps health professionals to select educational materials that are easy for patients to understand and use. This...
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The State Of Obesity 2014

Adult obesity rates remained high overall, increased in six states in the past year, and did not decrease in any, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, a new report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  The report can be accessed at...
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The Role And Potential Of Communities In Improving Population

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted a workshop on April 10, 2014 with the title, The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving Population Health. It was designed to facilitate discussion about important ingredients, effective strategies, and other lessons learned in three contexts: youth organizing, community organizing or other types of community participation, and partnerships...
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