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December 19, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • 2012's innovations in health care quality
    Improved bedside manner among physicians, faster heart attack treatments and better emergency department monitoring are among recent changes in medical care improving patients' health and experience, according to this report. Patient access to physicians' notes and tools to cut hospital infection risk were also cited. The Wall Street Journal (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Study emphasizes patient-centered approach, health IT in ACOs
    Data from a Commonwealth Fund report showed that the hospital-based organizations examined by researchers were "modestly" prepared to move to accountable care, with patient-centered organizations and those well versed in health IT deployment showing the greatest success in the ACO transition. Researchers also stressed the importance of health IT tools that allow "integration of disparate data, analysis of data across a patient population, stratification of financial and clinical risk in the population, and measurement of the impact of targeted interventions." Healthcare Informatics online (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vancouver hospital shines a light on infectious bacteria
    Vancouver General Hospital reduced surgical site infections and readmissions in a pilot project to test photo-disinfection combined with antibacterial body wipes before surgery. A dye that binds to bacteria is swabbed into the patient's nostrils, then light from a laser is pulsed into the nostrils to kill the bacteria. "If you could decrease the amount of bacteria on somebody's body, then you can reduce the risk of having an infection after the surgery," said Dr. Elizabeth Bryce, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority's director for infection control. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Medical Update 
  • Lifestyle changes lead to diabetes remission in study
    More than 11% of diabetes patients who underwent an intensive diet and exercise program attained partial disease remission at one year, compared with only 2% in the non-intervention group, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Patients with diabetes for a shorter duration, those who lost more weight and those who had stronger fitness gains showed greater improvements in blood glucose, researchers said. Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Antibiotics not effective for most coughs, study finds
    The antibiotic amoxicillin was not better than placebo in relieving symptoms or duration of cough, according to a study published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Patients who took amoxicillin were also more likely to report nausea, rash and other side effects than those who received placebo. "The main message here is that antibiotics are usually not necessary for respiratory infections, if pneumonia is not suspected," said Dr. Philipp Schuetz, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the study. HealthDay News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • CCHIT plans to create IT model for transitioning to ACOs
    An IT strategy for building accountable care organizations is being created by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology. The goal is to determine the health IT elements needed to ensure provider groups operate effectively in an ACO environment and address issues that would hinder them from achieving their ACO objectives. Healthcare IT News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • AHIP’s Dual Eligibles Summit, March 12 in D.C.
    How can we improve care, coverage and cost for the Dual Eligible population? Attend AHIP’s Dual Eligibles Summit, March 12 in Washington D.C., to hear thought leaders share their ideas on this important topic. More information on this new meeting will be available shortly. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Time for affordability
    AHIP is raising awareness of the factors driving health insurance premiums. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP’s immunization compendia highlights health plan strategies
    Immunization Innovations is AHIP’s online compendia of pioneering programs and leading best practices for measuring and improving immunization rates. Complete with outreach tools, educational resources and marketing materials, AHIP’s “Immunization Innovations” and infographic highlights promising models that health plans around the country have used to improve immunization rates in all populations. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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