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Almost 9 out of 10 American Adults Lack Skills Needed to Manage Health and Prevent Disease

Posted on: 03 Oct 17
Almost 9 out of 10 American Adults Lack Skills Needed to Manage Health and Prevent Disease TAVHealth recognizes National Health Literacy Month as an important step to increasing awareness about the impact of the Social Determinants of Health

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SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 3, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TAVHealth, an organization that connects healthcare providers, payers, community, and philanthropic organizations to help solve the Social Determinants of Health with its collaborative, cloud-based platform, announced today the importance of recognizing National Health Literacy Month. According to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using and understanding routine health information. In an age where we are trying to improve health outcomes and reduce unnecessary hospital visits, understanding the importance of health literacy is crucial.

"With the transition to value-based care it is imperative the post-discharge patient understands their care plan when they leave the hospital.  Today, nearly one third of American adults struggle with basic or below basic health literacy. In order to improve health we need to meet individuals where they are and make sure they can understand and follow their plan," commented TAVHealth Founder and CEO, Jamo Rubin, M.D.

Increasingly, providers, payers, and community organizations are collaborating to make sure individuals and families understand complex instructions. Failing to adhere to post-acute care instructions is a key factor in hospital readmissions and increased healthcare costs. On average, adults with low health literacy experience 4 times higher healthcare costs, 6% more hospital visits, and 2-day longer hospital stays.

To learn more about health literacy in the U.S., download TAVHealth's recent white paper, 'Solving the Social Determinants of Health by Improving Health Literacy' by visiting

For additional information on Health Literacy Month, visit

About TAVHealth
TAVHealth helps health systems, post-acute care providers, payers, government agencies, and philanthropies manage the Social Determinants of Health for at-risk populations. For over 4 million members, their family and friends, TAVHealth combines a cloud-based collaboration platform, a curated guide of community resources, and over 200 proprietary workflows that drive collaboration, process standardization and accountability. The result: improved outcomes, lowered cost, and a better experience. To learn more, visit

TAVHealth Media Contact
Sabina Peerbhai, Director of Marketing


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Last updated on: 03/10/2017

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