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March 8, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Hospitals make strides with MU adoption, survey finds
    This year's HIMSS Leadership Survey finds two-thirds of the hospital CIOs polled said their groups had already met the first stage of meaningful use rules, and 75% said they expect stage 2 MU attestation by 2014. The survey also notes that 87% of the CIOs believe they would meet the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline for ICD-10, and 50% said their groups are part of one or more HIEs. EHR Intelligence (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Heart failure gains benefit older patients most, research finds
    Heart failure patients aged 54 and younger saw the least improvement in outcomes in terms of hospitalizations, length of hospital stay and mortality rate within 30 days of admission between 2001 and 2009, a U.S. study showed. During the study period, heart failure-related hospitalizations dropped about 37% for adults aged 65 and older, compared to 13% for adults ages 18 to 44 and 16% for patients between 45 and 55. The findings appear in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More children engage in physical activity, report finds
    A report by the Partnership for a Healthier America revealed more than 1,700 U.S. cities promoted exercise in 2012 to help boost physical activity in nearly 3 million children. Researchers also noted a growing number of established or renovated grocery stores in "food deserts," providing more than half a million people with access to fresh and healthy produce. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Software to help providers create custom care plans
    Wolters Kluwer Health has introduced a software program designed to aid health care professionals in creating customized medical care plans. The software, called ProVation Care Plans, is also intended to help ensure clinical adherence to diagnosis and intervention standards. BeckersASC.com (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • Data mining IDs unreported drug interaction
    A study that used Internet data mining techniques found a side effect of combining paroxetine and pravastatin before it was detected by the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System. Analysis of Web queries entered by 6 million Internet users found that patients taking both drugs are more at risk of hyperglycemia than those taking just one of the two therapies. The approach offers a valuable tool for public health, researchers said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  AHIP News 
  • Protect Medicare Advantage
    Proposed changes to Medicare Advantage payments will impact the 14 million beneficiaries who rely on this critically important part of Medicare. Combined with the cuts included in the health reform law, these changes will likely result in higher out-of-pocket costs, reduced benefits and fewer health care choices. Join the Coalition for Medicare Choices to preserve Medicare Advantage. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Privacy regulation: significant changes ahead. Learn more.
    HHS issued a “Mega Reg” that addresses numerous aspects of patient privacy. The new rule will strengthen the privacy and security protection for individuals' health information in an ever expanding digital age. Join us from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on March 21 for a webinar, where legal experts will dissect the changes, provide analysis and present experienced commentary. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Manager, Financial Controls and Commission Administration Geisinger Health PlanDanville, PA
Chief Operating OfficerHealth Alliance Medical PlansUrbana, IL
Senior Director, Product Innovation and Development Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst CampusCleveland, OH
Medicare Product ManagerRegence Portland, OR
Vice President-Management and PerformanceUnited Health GroupNationwide, United States
Manager, Payor RelationsThe joint CommissionOakbrook Terrace, IL
Contract Review and Compliance AttorneyAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Director, Enterprise Data GroupThe Centers for Medicare and MedicaidWoodlawn, MD, MD
Vice President Member GroupLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President, Network Development and Provider RelationsLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Associate Medical DirectorUCareMinneapolis, MN
Integrated Market Medical ExecutiveKindred HealthcareLas Vegas, NV
Vice President, Provider Relations & CredentialingConfidentialWyomissing, PA
Vice President, Health Plan OperationsSatellite Health Plan, Inc.San Jose, CA
Chief Executive OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President, Clinical Care IntegrationLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative Inc. (LAHC)Metarie, LA
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
CAQH Managing Director, Finance and AdministrationCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Director of Product Management, UPDCouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
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