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Coffee Break with Maria Todd 4/15/2014

According to the American Medical Association report, Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand, “poor health literacy is a stronger predictor of a person’s health than age, income, employment status, education level, and race”. Today:┬áThe Connection Between Health Illiteracy and Culture Each weekday morning, Maria Todd shares a useful...

Health Illiteracy and Its Affect on Health and Wellness Engagement

Health literacy is not simply the ability to read. It requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical, and decision-making skills, and the ability to apply these skills to health situations. — Maria K Todd, MHA PhD   I was chatting with our employer health benefits expert, Scott Hettesheimer, today. We were discussing why...

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Implications on Physician Profiling with the new Medicare Payment Data Release

Now that CMS Made Medicare Physician Payment Data Available Online, How Will It Be Used? The database, known as the Carrier Standard Analytic File, contains information on physicians and other health care providers participating in Medicare who are paid on a fee-for-service basis. It incorporates all physician, ambulance, ASC, DME, physical therapy...