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Cultivating the Smart Patient: Author and RealAge Founder Michael F. Roizen, MD to Present Keynote at URAC Conference
Date:3/5/2008

Roizen will give a provider's perspective on empowered consumers at Best Practices Conference and Exhibit March 25-26, 2008

WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most of the discussion surrounding health care reform excludes one important stakeholder -- the patient. Yet patients wield enormous potential power for changing an onerous health care system.

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Empowering consumers to become "smart patients" will be the main message behind the keynote address by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. at URAC's Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Conference and Exhibit, March 25-26, 2008 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando.

"Consumer empowerment and protection are hallmarks of URAC's accreditation standards," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC's president and CEO. "Health care management organizations are in a position to lead the industry to better educate consumers in health care quality and best practices so they can become 'smart patients' who are engaged and proactive in their own health care."

The first-of-its-kind conference will spotlight winning entries in the Best Practices Awards competition. Winners of the competition represent the nation's top programs in health care management, pharmacy benefit management, health plans and health information technology. The competition and conference are an effort to advance best practices as they spotlight programs that are consumer-focused and that promote patient safety.

Roizen is the creator of RealAge, Inc., a consumer-health media company and provider of personalized health information and management tools designed to motivate health conscious people to look, feel, and "live life to the youngest." He is author of several books, his most recent being the number two New York Times bestseller, You: The Smart Pa
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