IOM Suggests 8 Free Preventive Health Services for Women

Monday, July 25th, 2011
This post was written by Cheryl Miller

Women of all ages and backgrounds will benefit if eight new free preventive health services are added to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010. Birth control, gestational diabetes screening, DNA testing for cervical cancer and domestic violence counseling are among the recommendations in a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Low health literacy results in more frequent hospitalizations and a higher risk of death, according to a recent study from RTI International-University of North Carolina. The study found that 77 million English-speaking adults in the United States are unable to understand and use basic health information. Limited health literacy rates are higher among seniors, minorities, lower-income Americans and those with less than a high school education.

In merger news this past week, Express Scripts and Medco agreed to a $29 billion merger deal. Healthcare consumers and the nation’s drug stores will be watching the impact of the merger closely. These stories and more in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update.

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