Health literacy may impact outcomes

Just over half of Americans have an intermediate grasp of healthcare material, while a third cannot grasp it if it is written above a fifth-grade level, according to the U.S. Department of Education. As a result, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is trying to make their materials more easily understandable. The hope is that healthcare material that is simpler to grasp will cut down on hospital readmissions, medication errors and other mishaps that drive up costs. --Read the full article at FierceHealthcare