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June 11, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • U.S. in top 10 countries for premature births
    A study in The Lancet revealed that the U.S. is among the 10 countries worldwide with the highest number of babies born prematurely in 2010 and had an annual average increase of less than 1%. Of the 65 countries included in the study, only three reported a decline in premature birth rates: Croatia, Ecuador and Estonia. HealthDay News (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: U.S. hospitals work toward equity in health care
    Data from an American Hospital Association report showed 80% of U.S. hospitals translated health documents into languages most used by patients using standard methods, while 62% used interviews or surveys to collect data on patient satisfaction for serving diverse populations. The Health Research & Educational Trust report also found that 54% of hospitals have implemented initiatives to improve health care quality in diverse groups. (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cloud computing technology offers 6 benefits for hospitals
    Moving to the cloud offers benefits for the health care industry, although many are still wary of the security issues it presents. Health care experts cited six benefits that hospitals can reap from implementing cloud technologies, including creating advanced capabilities that can be the basis for innovative data efforts, improving care coordination and treatment delivery, and achieving a cost-effective health IT infrastructure. (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Medical Drug Management Service™ allows health plans to apply the precision of Argus Health System's proven pharmacy claim management techniques to medical drug claims to increase compliance. Learn more during the AHIP Institute, June 20-21 at booth #319 or sign up for a personal meeting: Sign up now.
  Medical Update 
  • More U.S. children develop diabetes, study finds
    The number of U.S. children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes grew 23% and 21%, respectively, between 2001 and 2009, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting. More children with type 2 diabetes had protein in their urine than those with type 1 diabetes, indicating that they could be at higher risk of kidney damage, researchers noted. Yahoo!/HealthDay News (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Hospitalized patients at risk of venous thromboembolism
    An average of 547,596 hospitalized patients were diagnosed with venous thromboembolism annually from 2007 to 2009, according to a CDC analysis of data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey. "Current use of prophylaxis in hospitalized patients might be suboptimal. CDC is collaborating with partners to promote implementation of evidence-based guidelines for prevention," researchers wrote in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (6/7), News (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Medtronic set to release Endurant II stent in U.S.
    Medtronic is poised to launch its Endurant II stent in the U.S. after securing FDA clearance for the product. The device is used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms less invasively and improves on the company's Endurant stent, which has been commercially available for almost two years. (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  Policy Watch 
  • USDA expands rural health efforts with $8 million for telemedicine
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Agriculture Department has given nearly $8 million to more than 30 projects that create or expand telemedicine initiatives in rural areas. "The funding I am announcing today for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine program will help ensure that rural citizens receive the same high-level, specialized medical care ... as enjoyed by their fellow citizens in urban areas," Vilsack said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC begins new initiative for CDS interoperability, standards
    Health eDecisions, an interoperability and standards framework, has been unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to provide standards for sharing clinical decision support interventions. Putting sharable CDS into a set format could boost their incorporation into EHR systems, the ONC says. "It is the intent of this new ONC effort to assemble input from leading technical contributors toward the establishment of a standard format for CDS interventions," according to Alicia Morton and Jacob Reider of the ONC. Healthcare Informatics online (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Compliance focused? Don't miss the Forum at Institute
At AHIP's Compliance Forum, June 20, in conjunction with Institute 2012, experts will discuss compliance challenges around ACA implementation, commentary on the Supreme Court's health reform decision, and other issues that will impact nearly every American. By participating, you earn six credits toward AHIP's newest professional designation, the Healthcare Compliance Professional™. For Forum details, click here.
  AHIP News 
  • It's almost here: Compliance Forum at Institute 2012
    At AHIP's Compliance Forum, June 20, in conjunction with Institute 2012, experts will discuss compliance issues around ACA implementation, commentary on the Supreme Court's health reform decision and other issues that will impact nearly every American. By participating, you earn six credits toward AHIP's newest professional designation, the Healthcare Compliance ProfessionalTM. Get Forum details here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HSA Direct - Showcasing AHIP's financial institution members
    With the exponential popularity and growth of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), more and more health insurance plans are launching HSAs in their marketplaces. HSA Direct allows health insurance plans to easily and quickly access information about AHIP financial institution members. OptumHealth Bank, Member FDIC, an HSA Direct member, administers health savings accounts (HSAs) for over 800,000 individuals and families covered by employer-sponsored or individually purchased health plans. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The AHIP Select Program
    From claims process automation to complex data analysis, AHIP Select Program Members provide a range of products and services for health plans and the health care industry as a whole. Click here to learn more about the AHIP Select Program and to view the 2012 AHIP Select Members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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