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December 6, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • FDA approves more drugs this year
    The FDA has approved 31 new drugs in 2012 for conditions including cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. The total is the most since 2004, reflecting faster drug development. A separate report showed that in fiscal year 2012 the agency granted 35 new approvals. The Wall Street Journal (12/5)

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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Survey: 22% of internists plan to go into primary care
    A Mayo Clinic study of survey responses from 17,000 physicians in their final year of an internal medicine residency program showed fewer than 22% planned to stay in general internal medicine, while 64% wanted to be a specialist. The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found women were more likely than men to continue in primary care. Reuters (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Update 
  • Hormone disorder plus contraceptive use raises women's clot risk
    The risk of venous thromboembolism was two times higher in women with polycystic ovary syndrome who took oral contraceptives compared with other women who used oral contraceptives. Researchers looked at records from a health insurance database that includes 43,500 women with polycystic ovary syndrome. The study appeared online in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Reuters (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher atherosclerosis risk seen in children with HIV
    Data on 300 youths showed those who were HIV-positive were more than twice as likely to develop signs of atherosclerosis compared with their healthier peers, raising their risk of heart attack. "Cardiovascular disease has already put down roots in children and adolescents with HIV, and we need to take preventive measures at this early stage. We should be more aggressive in treating their high cholesterol with medication -- this practice is common in adults but rare in children," researcher Talia Sainz Costa said. The findings were presented to the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Emerging Trends 
  • Platform allows patient monitoring via live video chat
    AT&T has unveiled a cloud-based remote-patient-monitoring platform designed to enable physicians to better monitor their patients' chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, via video chat. Video chatting may allow clinicians to observe signs of problems such as mood and skin color changes that they would not be able to note through a phone conversation, according to an AT&T official. eWeek (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FDA appears ready to rethink antibiotic development
    An advisory panel's vote last week is among the signals that the FDA may be ready to reconsider the requirements for the clinical trials of antibiotics. As multidrug-resistant bacteria strains have become more common, new antibiotic approvals have decreased. Nature (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Agencies issue proposed changes to MU criteria
    The CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have released a proposed rule that makes some changes to meaningful use criteria, including an alternative criterion regarding electronic transmission of structured lab data between hospitals and centers for ambulatory care. The proposed rule also included a change to the 2014 EHR certification criteria. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. health care spending 101 iPad App
    AHIP has released a new iPad app that consolidates 50 years of data from the Congressional Budget Office, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Management and Budget into a series of simple, interactive charts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Project AssociateAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Program Manager - Medicare Advantage & Part D ProductsAARP Services, IncWashington, DC
Chief Executive OfficerHealth Plan of San JoaquinFrench Camp, CA, CA
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
Pharmacy Customer Service ManagerHealthPartnersBloomington, MN
Sr Data AnalystCVS CaremarkNorthbrook, IL
Associate General CounselBMC HealthNet PlanBoston, MA
Internal Audit DirectorUCareMinneapolis, MN
Senior Director Claims AdministrationKaiser PermanenteDenver, CO
Associate Director, CORECouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
Chief Executive OfficerBeth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO)Boston, MA
Medical DirectorArizona Integrated Physicians Inc.Peoria, AZ
Sr. Director, Healthcare Quality AssuranceEvolent HealthArlington, DC
Vice President - Exchange BusinessMVP Health CareSchenectady or Rochester, NY
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Director Compliance, Medicare Part DDirector Compliance, Medicare Part DScottsdale, AZ
Executive Vice President of Health InsuranceWisconsin Physicians Service Health InsuranceMadison, WI
Medical DirectorHarvard Pilgrim Health CareQuincy, MA
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
EID Program Manager Minnesota Management & BudgetSt. Paul, MN
Analytics AdvisorConfidentialScottsdale, AZ
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