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November 2, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Study examines breast cancer mortality and race
    Black women with breast cancer had a 48% higher risk of death in the first three years after diagnosis, and a 34% greater risk of death afterward, compared with white patients, according to a study of more than 19,000 female patients with breast cancer in the U.S. Researchers said Asian women with breast cancer had a 40% lower risk of death than whites. The study was presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. HealthDay News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Poll finds doctors are concerned about BYOD security
    More than three-quarters of physicians said in a survey that they're applying bring-your-own-device policies to their hospital practices, but many remain concerned about the security of private patient data. KLAS polled 105 clinicians who use applications from a number of providers and found that HIPAA compliance remains their top concern. A separate finding revealed that many physicians continue to struggle to input patient data on tablet PCs. InformationWeek (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Specialists offer tips for communicating with elderly patients
    Doctors who treat elderly patients must make themselves aware of each patient's limitations while being careful to avoid stereotyping, the Gerontological Society of America says in a new report. The group offers guidelines for improving communication with elderly patients, including minimizing background noise, monitoring and controlling gestures and other nonverbal behavior when talking with patients, facing patients when speaking, and reinforcing verbal information and instructions with easy-to-understand printed materials. American Medical News (free content) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Update 
  • Sugary drinks raise stroke risk in women, study says
    Women who consumed soft drinks and other sweetened beverages almost every day had an 83% higher risk of stroke than women who never or rarely drank sugary beverages, according to a study of nearly 40,000 people in Japan. The study failed to find a link between sugary drinks and stroke risk in men. The findings were published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Spread of West Nile outbreak begins to wane
    The CDC reported on Wednesday that the West Nile virus outbreak continues to spread, but the pace seems to be slowing. Researchers reported 166 new cases, including four deaths, in the last week, down from 199 new cases, including 36 deaths, the previous week. Reuters (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Implantable gastric stimulator keeps hunger at bay
    IntraPace has created abiliti, a gastric stimulator implant designed to help certain patients who are obese shed weight by reducing the feeling of hunger and encouraging long-term weight-loss habits. The device links with a Web-based portal, called my.abiliti, where patients can evaluate their food intake and activity levels and share that data to approved peers for social motivation. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WHO, PAHO unveil app to monitor adolescents' health
    The World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization have unveiled a mobile application, called the eGlobal School-based Student Health Survey, to assist professionals in monitoring the safety, fitness and health of individuals aged 13 to 15 in more than 30 countries across the Americas. The app assists adolescent populations by taking various health measures including those that promote hygiene and physical activity. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • FDA re-examines extended-release generics
    The FDA is taking a closer look at the techniques used by the makers of generic drugs to produce extended-release treatments after Impax Laboratories and Teva Pharmaceuticals' generic bupropion didn't work as well as brand-name depression drug Wellbutrin XL. "This has actually prompted us to change our policy," said Dr. Gregory Geba, head of the FDA's generic drugs office. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boys have higher risk of long-term OTC drug abuse
    Both male and female junior high school students surveyed in Cincinnati had high rates of over-the-counter drug abuse, but males were more prone to long-term abuse, U.S. researchers found. They noted that involvement in positive activities such as sports or school clubs was associated with a lower risk of OTC drug abuse. The study was presented at the American Public Health Association meeting. HealthDay News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Policy Watch 
  • ONC calls on software developers to enhance EHR readability
    The ONC is challenging graphic designers to find ways to improve the readability of EHRs, including using the Blue Button tool to make patient data accessible. "By making a patient record more usable, designers can help to prevent medical errors, empower patients to make smart health decisions and even save lives," ONC official Ryan Panchadsaram said in a blog post. Health Data Management (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Enjoy various recorded sessions from Institute 2012
    The Institute 2012 Media Portal gives you access to various Institute recorded sessions and PowerPoint presentations through Dec. 31, 2012. You can enjoy sessions including “Strategies for Helping Consumers Make Prudent Health Decisions” and “Thinking Forward: Doorways to Health System Change.” Click here for details and purchase access hereLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Build your compliance capabilities at Fall Forum
    A Compliance Track has been planned at AHIP’s Fall Forum focused on changes employers and health plans will face in the year ahead. You’ll learn how to protect health plan data, discuss compliance issues inside and outside of Exchanges, how to manage compliance for small and large groups, and more. Join us Dec. 3 to 5 in Chicago. Register today.   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
Medical DirectorVirginia Premier Health PlanRichmond, VA
Executive DirectorMaryland Health Insurance PlanBaltimore, MD
Chief Financial OfficerNeighborhood Health PlanBoston, MA
Quality Improvement CoordinatorGeisinger Health PlanDanville, PA
Director - Corporate CounselDelta Dental of CaliforniaSan Francisco, CA
CounselDelta Dental of CaliforniaSan Francisco, CA
Clinical Compliance ManagerRegencePortland, OR
Senior Vice President, Product Innovation and DevelopmentHarvard Pilgrim Health CareWellesley, MA
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
Chief Executive OfficerQualidigmRocky Hill, CT
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Executive Director of the WMC Physician Hospital OrganizationWyoming Medical CenterCasper, WY
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