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1. Germany wrestles with how to handle $1 million drug

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

German authorities said the benefits of UniQure's Glybera gene therapy might not justify its $1 million price and asked for more safety and efficacy data. Bloomberg (05/20)


2. AHIP praises Ignagni as she announces departure

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni is stepping down to lead New York insurance company EmblemHealth. AHIP board President Mark Ganz, CEO of Cambia Health Solutions, praised Ignagni's contributions to the health insurance industry. "With tenacity, intellect and deep policy knowledge, she ensured our industry has a seat at all tables," Ganz said. "Perhaps her greatest contributions have been highlighting the value and innovations of this industry." Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Dan Durham will serve as interim CEO during the search for a new CEO. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/21)


3. CDC data show mixed progress on smoking

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Twenty-six U.S. states reported declining rates of cigarette smoking from 2011 to 2013, but some states had increasing rates and other states saw an increase in people using multiple tobacco products, the CDC said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Utah recorded the lowest smoking rate in 2013 at 10.3%, while West Virginia had the highest rate at 27.3%. PhysiciansBriefing.com (05/22)


4. Study: MS patients at greater risk of premature death

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis have double the risk of an early death as people without MS, according to a study in the journal Neurology. Risk is further elevated among younger patients, with those younger than 39 facing 3.7 times the risk of early death and patients ages 40 to 59 facing 2.9 times the risk. MS patients have an average lifespan of 76 years, while those without the disease have an average lifespan of 83, researchers said. HealthDay News (05/27)


5. Study: Many women at high risk for osteoporosis are not screened

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Researchers found that over 42% of 65- to 74-year-old women and 57% of those older than 75 are not screened for osteoporosis, while 46% of low-risk women between 50 and 59 were tested. The findings, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, also show risk factors, such as small body frame and fracture history, are not factored into screening decisions. HealthDay News (05/25)


6. Humana: CarePlus Names Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

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7. AHIP Statement on Proposed Medicaid Managed Care Rule

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

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8. AHIP Coverage: Too Expensive

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

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9. Anthem, Inc. Announces Retirement of Ken Goulet, Executive Vice President and President, Commercial and Specialty Business Division

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

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10. AHIP Coverage: Let’s get serious about affordability

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

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