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January 7, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Flu activity on the rise, CDC reports
    The CDC issued an update noting an early and serious flu season, with the number of people seeking care for influenza-like conditions increasing from 2.8% to 5.6% in a four-week period. "Antiviral treatment, started as early as possible after becoming ill, is recommended for any patients with confirmed or suspected influenza who are hospitalized, seriously ill, or ill and at high risk of serious influenza-related complications, including young children, people 65 and older, people with certain underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women," the agency said. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. women are getting Pap tests as recommended
    CDC researchers found that more women aged 30 and younger are getting Pap tests in accordance with the national guidelines for cervical cancer screening. However, in a separate study, they reported that about 60% of women get Pap tests despite having a total hysterectomy, which is unnecessary in cases when the hysterectomy was performed for noncancerous reasons. Both studies were published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/3), Nurse.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Health care employment up by 45K last month
    U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show the health care sector generated 45,000 jobs in December. Hospitals added 12,000 jobs, nursing and residential care facilities added 10,000 and ambulatory services added 23,000. The industry added 338,000 jobs for the year. Healthcare Finance News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Study links diabetes to risk of depression
    A review of 16 observational studies encompassing nearly 500,000 patients revealed depression was more common in patients with diabetes compared with those who did not have diabetes. Earlier diagnosis and treatment of depressive symptoms may help improve outcomes for diabetes and depression in patients with both conditions, researchers wrote in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. News-Medical.Net/MedWire News (U.K.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study rejects link between brain injury, dementia risk
    People who suffered a traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness were at no greater risk of developing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia later in life, but they were more likely to suffer another brain injury, according to a study of more than 4,000 older adults. The findings appeared in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Researchers cautioned that their study should not be confused with findings on the effects of multiple brain injuries suffered by former football and hockey players and other athletes. HealthDay News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Abbott's heart stent gains FDA approval
    The FDA has granted Abbott Laboratories approval for its Xience Xpedition system, which the company said is targeted for immediate release in the U.S. The heart stent administers the drug everolimus to aid in the prevention of blood vessel reclogging. Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Device uses electrical stimulation to treat severe gastric reflux
    EndoStim has created a device that uses electrical stimulation to treat patients with severe gastroesophageal reflux disease. The system, which consists of a pulse generator implanted in the abdomen subcutaneously via laparoscopic surgery, already has marketing approval in Europe. The company is now seeking $12 million to help it pursue FDA approval for the device. MedCityNews.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Top five news stories selected by AHIP Solutions SmartBrief readers in the past week.

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  • CMS postpones HIPAA operating rules deadline
    Enforcement of HIPAA operating rules has been moved to April, according to a CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services statement. "Industry feedback suggests that HIPAA-covered entities have not reached a threshold whereby a majority of covered entities would be able to be in compliance with operating rules by Jan. 1, 2013," according to the agency. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Legislator introduces bill to improve federal support for telemedicine
    Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has introduced the Telehealth Promotion Act of 2012 that would boost federal financial support for telemedicine services. The bill, which has received support from the American Telemedicine Association, would improve current Medicare and Medicaid initiatives by launching new programs using telehealth to augment care. Healthcare IT News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Stay ahead of the curve
    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 developments 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
  • Asthma Care Advances compendia highlights health plan strategies
    One in 12 Americans have asthma, disproportionately affecting children, racial and ethnic groups, and low-income individuals. Learn how health plans improve the lives of individuals with asthma by adopting culturally sensitive asthma management strategies. AHIP’s online compendia, Asthma Care Advances, and infographic highlights plans’ efforts to increase access to timely and quality care, resulting in better outcomes. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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