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January 21, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • CDC reports "worse-than-average" flu season
    CDC officials reported Friday that 48 states are now experiencing widespread flu activity, and public health officials have documented 29 pediatric deaths as well as sharp increases in hospitalization among seniors. Rates of infection are dropping in some parts of the country, but levels are rising in the West, where the season began later. "We are in the middle of flu season, about halfway through, and it's shaping up to be a worse-than-average season and a bad season, particularly, for the elderly," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. HealthDay News (1/18), CNN (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Are you ready for machine learning?
With the advent of big data, the amount of data and our ability to process it has increased exponentially. It's an environment perfectly suited for machine learning. So how can you make it part of your analytic infrastructure? This e-book highlights the capabilities of machine learning, and best practices you can implement to take full advantage of it. Download Here.
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  • NCQA offers certification for PCMH consultants
    The National Committee for Quality Assurance has made available the Patient-Centered Medical Homes Content Expert Certification to give "advocates and coaches a way to stand out from their peers by demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the NCQA PCMH model," and provide practices with "a way to gauge the qualifications of the growing numbers of consultants," a news release stated. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 262 make Healthgrades' top hospitals list for 2013
    A group of 262 U.S. hospitals earned a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades this year based on outcomes criteria that often involve the use of health IT. The hospitals were graded based on their complication and risk-adjusted mortality rates for 27 treatment procedures and medical conditions affecting Medicare patients. Healthcare IT News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • U.S. cancer death rates down 20% since 1991
    The American Cancer Society reported that the overall death rate for cancer was 20% lower in 2009 than at its highest point, in 1991. The improvement represents the prevention of 1.2 million cancer deaths since 1991. Decreases in mortality for lung, breast and prostate cancer were big factors in the decline. The findings appear in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. WebMD (1/17), MedPage Today (free registration) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Automated calls might improve adherence to cancer pills
    Complicated dosing regimens and severe side effects lead more than 40% of patients on oral cancer medications to skip doses or take the wrong number of pills, a study published in the journal Cancer Nursing found. Patients who received automated calls to help them understand their prescriptions reported decreasing side effects, regardless of whether they also received follow-up calls from nurses. HealthDay News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Blood test may predict mortality risk in trauma cases
    Researchers in Utah found that an algorithm applied to the simple blood test that patients receive when they are admitted to the hospital can help doctors estimate the risk of death in trauma patients. The Intermountain Risk Score is a computerized algorithm that determines components of a complete blood count and other factors and can yield results in about one hour. Researchers said the test could improve decision-making for trauma-patient management and should be considered as part of a care plan model. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Top five news stories selected by AHIP Solutions SmartBrief readers in the past week.

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  • ONC makes available test criteria for stage 2 MU
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued changes to the 2014 Edition Test Method for EHR certification to help commercial vendors and health care organizations evaluate their systems under the federal government's stage 2 meaningful use program. The test tools, procedures and data are available on the ONC website. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Keeping you on pace with implementation
    As the health care industry focuses on the logistics of Exchange implementation, attending AHIP’s Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., will be more important than ever. Conference sessions will address the rapidly changing regulatory environment, the operational needs and questions of the health plan community, and more. Get more details here and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Navigating the health care cross currents -- Institute 2013
    The rapid transformation our system is undergoing has far-reaching implications and affects how individuals, clinicians, purchasers and others think about health care coverage, services and personal responsibility. Learn to navigate these changes through connections, convergence and collaboration at Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The AHIP Select Program
    Laying the groundwork to implement health care reform at your organization involves finding and working with organizations that can support your efforts. From complex data analysis to information technology solutions, AHIP Select program members specialize in providing products and services for the health care industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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