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1. Experts predict severe but short allergy season

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

The long, difficult winter is ending late, causing a variety of trees and other plants to bloom at once, said allergist Joseph Leija. The result is a severe spring allergy season, but also a shorter season. Experts recommend measures such as keeping windows closed, using air conditioning and changing clothing and washing pollen out of hair before bed. HealthDay News (04/17)

2. Study predicts breast cancer incidence will grow by 50% in 15 years

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting predicted breast cancer incidence in the U.S. will rise by 50% from 2011 to 2030. Longer life spans and increased detection of cancers, including very early-stage lesions that may not need treatment, will contribute to the trend, experts say, noting it isn't always clear which tumors can go without treatment. The data suggest the percentage of treatment-responsive estrogen-receptor-positive cases will grow, highlighting opportunities to identify "smarter screening and kinder, gentler and more effective treatment," said researcher Philip Rosenberg. (04/20)

3. Surgeon general wants U.S. to focus on disease prevention

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said he wants the U.S. to focus more on prevention of health problems, and his goal is to reduce chronic conditions, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes, by promoting higher levels of physical activity. He said he will issue a call to action on walking and suggested communities find ways to become more walkable. USA Today (04/22)

4. USPSTF draft recommends women in their 40s talk with docs about mammography

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force call for regular mammogram screenings every two years for women 50 to 74 years old. The guidelines call for patients in their 40s to discuss whether they need screening with their physicians, making decisions about mammography based on individual risk factors and health history as well as the potential benefits and harms of screening. The task force found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against 3D mammography as well as a dearth of evidence regarding other types of imaging for women with dense breasts. HealthDay News (04/20)

5. CMS launches patient-experience star ratings on Hospital Compare

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

The CMS has updated its Hospital Compare website to include a patient experience star rating system, designed to help patients make comparisons among Medicare-accredited facilities. Hospital Compare ranks nearly 3,500 acute care hospitals according to patient experience, which includes factors such as communication between clinicians and patients, cleanliness of the hospital, and responsiveness of the hospital staff. The ratings are based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey. Medscape (free registration) (04/17)

6. Kaiser Permanente To Bring 900 Technology Jobs To Georgia

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

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7. Mindfulness therapy might let some patients avoid antidepressants

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

A study published in the journal The Lancet found mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as a treatment for chronic depression works just as well as medication. Data from 424 people with chronic depression show that those treated with MBCT had a relapse rate of 44% over two years, while patients who took antidepressants had a relapse rate of 47%. Costs were not substantially different either, the team wrote, noting mindfulness therapy is not as expensive as some people think, especially if done in group sessions. Reuters (04/20)

8. Cigna: Can a Shave and a Haircut Save African-Americans from Colon Cancer?

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

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9. Report predicts growing use of population health data analytics

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

A HealthLeaders Media survey projects that close to 80% of health systems will use data analytics to predict and monitor population health by 2018. Among the factors that will drive the shift are improved outcomes and the transition to value-based care models. The survey also found three-quarters of the 8,000 respondents have plans to initiate or escalate investments in data quality within the coming year. More than half said poor analytics skills are a substantial barrier. (04/16)

10. AHIP Coverage: Cost Drivers Undermine Affordable Care

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

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