Friday Five – February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Happy Friday! Today, our Friday Five series explores why health literacy must remain a top priority for health care providers, discovers what’s behind the new “HealthTap” integration in Amazon’s Alexa and shares an infographic with five tips for a healthier tomorrow.

1. Kaiser Foundation Report Shows Section 1115 MLTSS Waivers Streamline Costs, Improve Care

A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that states are using Section 1115 Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) waivers to streamline administration costs, improve care coordination and expand beneficiary access to home and community-based services. Based on a survey about Section 1115 MLTSS waiver enrollment, spending and program policies, the report examines the 11 states that use Section 1115 waivers to provide capitated MLTSS. Check out more of the report’s findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

2. Why We Should All Be More Fluent in Medical Speak

Health literacy is a significant issue around the world. The World Health Organization characterized health literacy as an “important factor in improving health outcomes,” and it refers to citizens’ abilities to obtain health information, understand it and use it to manage their health care. The National explores why doctors are “increasingly concerned” that patients may misinterpret information they read online and why health literacy must remain a top priority for health care providers.

3. U.S. Life Expectancy May Rise to Over 80 by 2030

Today the average American man and woman live to be 77 and 81 years old, respectively. But by 2030, American men are expected to reach an average of 80, and American women may live to be more than 83 years on average. MedLine examines how life expectancy is projected to grow and how the U.S. stacks up against different developed countries.

4. Need a Doctor? Just Ask Alexa and Its New ‘HealthTap’ Integration

Alexa, a virtual assistant made popular by Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, has entered the medical field with its new “HealthTap” integration. By saying, “Alexa, talk to Dr. AI,” users can simulate an in-person doctor visit and receive medical advice. Although the service won’t replace actual doctor appointments, as Digital Trends reports, HealthTap provides access to a database of digital medical knowledge from more than 107,000 doctors.

5. Infographic – Making Choices Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

Lifestyle choices made today can lead to a healthier future. The National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) shares an infographic with five tips to make a priority now – from physical activity to proteins and dairy products – that can help promote healthy aging.