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January 2, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • After-hours PCP care may curb ED visits, unmet health needs
    Patients who had less difficulty reaching their primary care physicians after business hours were less likely to visit the emergency department and had fewer unmet medical needs than those who were not able to reach their doctors after hours. The findings, published in Health Affairs, suggest that ED utilization could be reduced if more primary care physicians were accessible after hours, researchers said. American Medical News (free content) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Doctor-patient communication plays role in drug adherence
    Doctors who establish a good, trusting relationship with patients may be able to help improve adherence to prescriptions, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests. Data on 9,377 patients using blood glucose, blood pressure or cholesterol drugs showed 30% may not have been following prescribed directions for medication use, but that number fell 4% to 6% among patients who reported having better communication with their physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Weak heart may raise depression risk in men, study finds
    Having poor cardiovascular health at age 18 increases by nearly twofold a man's risk of being admitted for major depression later in life, according to a study of more than 1 million men in Sweden. Data showed that the poorer the cardiovascular fitness, the greater the risk of depression. The findings appeared in the British Journal of Psychiatry. DailyRx.com (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Patients carrying some extra weight show lower mortality risk
    Researchers reviewing nearly 100 studies found further evidence of the "obesity paradox" -- the notion that being somewhat overweight is associated with better health. People who were overweight or slightly obese showed a 6% lower mortality risk than normal-weight patients, according the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, severe obesity was associated with a 29% higher mortality risk, and researchers said the paradox could be a statistical anomaly or an indication that body mass index is a flawed metric. Reuters (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Mayo Clinic introduces pregnancy guide app
    The Mayo Clinic tells expectant parents about pregnancy, birth and the first months of life through an application called Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy. The app, available for tablets, desktops and laptops that use Windows 8, has advice for staying healthy and fit during pregnancy as well as ways to soothe crying infants. United Press International (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IAEA launches online tool to reduce radiotherapy incidents
    The International Atomic Energy Agency has introduced an online tool for radiotherapy patient safety called Safety in Radiation Oncology. SAFRON allows radiotherapy facilities to share data on incidents and near-incidents through an international learning system. The tool also aims to help radiotherapy centers create patient safety systems that can reduce the risk of incidents or repeat errors. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • J&J's tuberculosis drug Sirturo wins FDA approval
    The FDA approved the use of Johnson & Johnson's Sirturo, or bedaquiline, in combination with other drugs, to treat patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Sirturo, developed by J&J's Janssen Therapeutics, is the first new tuberculosis drug to gain approval in 40 years. Because of the possibility of fatal heart problems, Sirturo will carry a boxed warning. Reuters (12/31), MSN/The Associated Press (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
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  • Register now for AHIP’s National Policy Forum
    AHIP’s National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., is one-stop shopping for those seeking insights on the latest policy development and trends shaping health care. Learn from health insurance plan leaders as well as business, health policy and political speakers as they focus on the political and regulatory issues affecting our changing health care system. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar: Preparing for an OCR Security Audit
    The HHS Office of Civil Rights has been focusing intense scrutiny on security practices and privacy protections relating to personal health information. Industry leaders will tell you why it’s important to prepare, review key issues the OCR will review and discuss common corrective actions in a webinar from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 10, 2013. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health insurance tax to hit all 50 states
    A new state-by-state analysis by Oliver Wyman examines the impact of the $100 billion health insurance tax on all 50 states. AHIP’s new infographic details the impact of the tax. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Medical DirectorBluegrass Family Health, Inc.Lexington, KY
Chief Executive OfficerNevada Health Information ExchangeCarson City, NV
Senior Provider Relations & Network Development Associate Geisinger Health Plan Bangor, ME
Chief Executive OfficerNeighborhood Health Plan of Rhode IslandProvidence, RI
Director of QI & AccreditationDenver Health & Hospital AuthorityDenver, CO
Medical DirectorArizona Integrated Physicians Inc.Peoria, AZ
Program Manager - Medicare Advantage & Part D ProductsAARP Services, IncWashington, DC
Manager Special Investigations UnitSCAN Health PlanLong Beach, CA
Program Manager, Medicare Supplemental ProductsAARP Services, IncWashington, DC
Director of Claims AdministrationHealthSCOPE Benefits, Inc.Little Rock, AR
Analytics AdvisorConfidentialScottsdale, AZ
Chief Executive OfficerHealth Plan of San JoaquinFrench Camp, CA
EID Program Manager Minnesota Management & BudgetSt. Paul, MN
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