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November 5, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Diabetes-related deaths among U.S. youths are down
    An analysis of data from the National Vital Statistics System showed a 61% decline in the rate of children and teens age 19 and younger dying from diabetes-related causes from 1968 to 2009. Improved treatment, greater awareness of symptoms and better disease management education may have contributed to the drop in deaths, CDC researchers said. The findings appear in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Update 
  • Chronic conditions linked to increased odds of sepsis later in life
    Middle-aged adults diagnosed with chronic lung, kidney or heart diseases were more than twice as likely to have sepsis, a study in the journal PLOS ONE found. Sepsis risk rose among stroke and diabetic patients by 85% and 71%, respectively. Researchers noted greater likelihood of sepsis among men and whites compared with women and blacks. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties multiple C-section deliveries to higher complication risks
    Pregnant women who've had five or more cesarean deliveries had a greater risk of preterm delivery and maternal complications including major obstetric hemorrhage and were more likely to receive blood transfusions and be admitted to critical care units than those who had fewer C-sections, according to a study of 269 women. The findings were published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. HealthDay News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Accuray scores FDA clearance for next-gen CyberKnife device
    The FDA has cleared Accuray to market the CyberKnife M6 Series, a next-generation line of the company's radiosurgery system. The company also secured 510(k) clearance for the InCise Multileaf Collimator, which is used to tailor an X-ray beam to the dimensions of a tumor, and is designed to work with the new FM and FIM CyberKnife models. (11/2) 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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  Pharma News 
  • USP publishes Rx label standards
    The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has published new standards for conveying key information on prescription drug labels in an effort to make instructions easier to understand. State pharmacy boards may choose to adopt the standards, which call for clearly expressing and placing at the top of the label the drug's nonproprietary and brand names, strength and dosing directions. The Washington Post/The Checkup blog (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Markey unveils bill to bolster FDA oversight of drug compounders
    Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Verifying Authority and Legality in Drug Compounding Act to authorize FDA oversight of compounding pharmacies. "Compounding pharmacies have been governed by fragmented regulations for too long, leading to the worst public health disaster in recent memory," Markey said. The bill "ends this regulatory black hole by giving the FDA new, clear authority to protect patients and oversee these companies." Blog (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Fall Forum early registration deadline extended to Nov.12
    Early registration rates for AHIP’s Fall Forum have been extended. Early registration ends Monday, Nov. 12. You’ll enjoy an agenda packed with sessions focusing on health plan technology and operations; consumer engagement; leveraging data, information and analytics; new technologies; alternative care/payment models; new products; and compliance. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How defined contributions are changing employers' benefits strategies
    Join us from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 14 to learn how private exchanges with a defined contribution can provide benefit solutions that enhance quality and control costs. Speakers will discuss how employers have launched defined contribution strategies and the factors that contributed to their success. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Project Associate, Sponsored ProjectsAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Manager Special Investigations UnitSCAN Health PlanLong Beach, CA
Chief Financial OfficerNeighborhood Health PlanBoston, MA
Medical DirectorVirginia Premier Health PlanRichmond, VA
Vice President Member GroupLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President, Clinical Care IntegrationLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Regional Director Payor ContractsAmeritoxNationwide, United States
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President, Network Development and Provider RelationsLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Chief Executive OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Executive DirectorMaryland Health Insurance PlanBaltimore, MD
Senior Vice President, Product Innovation and DevelopmentHarvard Pilgrim Health CareWellesley, MA
Director - Corporate CounselDelta Dental of CaliforniaSan Francisco, CA
CounselDelta Dental of CaliforniaSan Francisco, CA
Quality Improvement CoordinatorGeisinger Health PlanDanville, PA
Clinical Compliance ManagerRegencePortland, OR
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Chief Executive OfficerQualidigmRocky Hill, CT
Executive Director of the WMC Physician Hospital OrganizationWyoming Medical CenterCasper, WY
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