AAP taps Dr. Karen Remley as new CEO | For more: Read the AAP release. | Measles infection tally reaches 154, CDC reports
February 25, 2015
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AAP taps Dr. Karen Remley as new CEO
The AAP has named Dr. Karen Remley as its new executive director and CEO. She is currently the chief medical director of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia and previously served as Virginia's state health commissioner. Remley will succeed Dr. Errol Alden following his retirement in July. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (2/23)
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Measles infection tally reaches 154, CDC reports
CDC officials announced that the number of measles cases in the U.S. has reached 154 in 17 states and Washington, D.C. More than three-quarters of the cases are tied to the California theme park outbreak, and a majority of the patients had not been vaccinated, according to the CDC. HealthDay News (2/23)
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Poll: 78% of Americans support mandatory immunizations
Data from a Reuters/Ipsos survey showed 78% of respondents agreed that all children should receive mandatory immunizations unless the vaccines pose adverse health risks. Data also show 71% of those surveyed support school suspensions for unvaccinated children during a disease outbreak. Reuters (2/24)
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Early peanut exposure may cut allergy risk in children
Fewer than 2% of infants who were given regular peanut snacks developed a peanut allergy by age 5, compared with 14% of those in the peanut-avoidance group, according to data on 640 high-risk infants. The findings on the website of The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrate that early exposure to peanut-containing foods is safe and effective in reducing the risk of eventual allergies in pediatric patients. U.S. News & World Report (2/23)
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Get Your Free ICD-10 Small Practice Guide
ICD-10 is a big change. For a small, independent practice, planning is crucial, as it will impact many areas of your practice and touch every employee. Advanced preparation is the key. This eBook provides tools and information to help transition your practice effectively. Download the guide.

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ICD-10 acknowledgement testing continues until Oct. 1
Providers can conduct ICD-10 acknowledgement testing with Medicare contractors until the Oct. 1 transition date, and Medicare will hold virtual acknowledgement testing weeks with access to help-desk support on March 2 to 6 and June 1 to 5. Tips from the CMS for acknowledgement testing include avoiding the use of claims with future dates of service and sending realistic claims. Health Data Management (2/23)
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Majority of behavioral health providers satisfied with EHRs
Only 9.1% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with their current EHR system, compared with 72.5% who were either neutral or satisfied, according to a survey of Behavioral Healthcare readers. Cost remains a top hurdle in EHR adoption, data showed. EHR Intelligence (2/24)
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Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Why Choosing the Right EHR Matters
Healthcare professionals understand how EHRs can increase patient engagement and the quality of care. What's not clear is how to choose the right EHR vendor or how to transition to a new EHR smoothly and within government guidelines. This guide provides an overview of Meaningful Use, highlights the requirements for 2015, and provides tips for selecting the right EHR to avoid penalties and position your practice for continued success in the future. Read now.

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Slavitt, Conway move up at CMS as Tavenner moves on
Andy Slavitt will take over as CMS acting administrator when Marilyn Tavenner leaves the agency this month, and CMS chief medical officer Dr. Patrick Conway will replace Slavitt as acting principal deputy administrator, the agency announced. Conway will also continue at the helm of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. USA Today (2/23)
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Health insurance plans must cover hospitalization, HHS says
Health insurance plans that do not cover hospitalization are not compliant with Affordable Care Act standards, HHS said Friday. Many companies that employ large numbers of low-wage workers offer or were considering such plans. National Public Radio/Shots blog/Kaiser Health News (2/23)
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Survey: Uninsured rate dropped in 2014
The percentage of U.S. residents lacking health insurance was 3.5 percentage points lower in 2014 than 2013, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The nationwide uninsured rate was 13.8% last year, the survey found. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (2/24), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/24)
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Get It Right: Pricing Strategies That Work
Many entrepreneurs hope for success by offering low prices, while in fact most world-class entrepreneurs succeed by setting higher prices. If you're not exactly sure which pricing strategy will work for your business, these 6 steps can help you set your company's prices for success. Read the exclusive article now.

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AAP practice transformation pearl
Train office staff or learn best practices on immunizations with the AAP Immunization Training Guide. The guide is designed to assist pediatric office staff in all aspects of immunizing a practice's patients. Use it to educate and properly train physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, office managers and other office staff. For more practice-related information, visit the AAP Practice Transformation Page.
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2015 AAP Legislative Conference -- Registration discount ends soon
The Legislative Conference will be held April 12 to 14, in Washington, D.C. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their federal advocacy skills through interactive workshops, learn about timely child health policy topics, hear from several guest speakers from Congress and the Administration, and visit with their legislators on Capitol Hill. The early bird registration discount ($575 for AAP members/$700 for non-members) ends March 15.
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