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November 1, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Study: Typical age-related conditions drive drug spending
    Last year, the U.S. spent more on drugs for conditions associated with normal aging than on any other drug classes except those for diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a report from pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts. The use of drugs to treat aging conditions by Medicare enrollees increased 32% from 2007 to 2011, the study found. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • More providers to join ACOs next year, poll finds
    Data from a Decisions Resources survey showed nearly a fifth of responding clinicians were part of an accountable care organization in 2012, with many more expected to participate in the coming year. Researchers found that 49% of primary care physician respondents and 53% of endocrinologists were expected to join an ACO in the next 12 months. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHRQ to investigate effect of IT on clinical workflows
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to investigate how health IT can be deployed in clinics to facilitate care coordination without hurting workflow processes. The research will involve six clinics affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center that are in various stages of EHR rollouts and practice redesign efforts. Health Data Management (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Update 
  • Weight gain after diabetes diagnosis raises mortality risk
    Weight gain during the first year following type 2 diabetes diagnosis was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality, according to a Swedish study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. Data on nearly 8,500 patients showed the rates of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality were 63% and 34% higher, respectively, in patients who gained weight compared with those who didn't gain weight. Family Practice News (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teenage obesity linked to greater kidney disease risk in adulthood
    Overweight or obese teens were about three to seven times more likely to be put on dialysis for end-stage kidney disease in adulthood than their normal-weight peers, a study showed. The findings, based on more than 1.2 million 17-year-olds from Israel, were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. WebMD (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Firm unveils cloud-based MPI to bolster EHR, HIE use
    Liaison Healthcare has introduced a cloud-based Master Person Index platform designed to boost interoperability among health care providers by enabling them to connect with one another using different EHR or HIE systems. The cloud-based platform also features an automated and algorithm-based verification process that may help medical facilities develop longitudinal patient records. Government Health IT online (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Terumo Medical introduces novel device for vascular access
    Terumo Medical's Interventional Systems division has announced the launch of the Pinnacle Precision system for vascular access. The device combines Total Integrated Fit technology and a 21-gauge tapered needle to allow for easier delivery and reliable access. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CDC committee OKs amended MMR vaccine recommendations
    The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously supported new measles, mumps and rubella vaccine recommendations for certain patients with HIV and post-exposure treatment recommendations for patients, including infants, who are at risk of measles complications. The proposed changes include a recommendation for revaccination in perinatal HIV patients who were vaccinated before effective antiretroviral therapy. Medscape (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • CMS nabs SANS Institute award for reducing cybersecurity risks
    CMS has won the SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security Institute's 2012 U.S. National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for creating a systematic approach to examine the operations of 38 IT contractors and almost 200 data centers for cybersecurity risks. The agency cut mean host risk scores by more than 68% at two high-risk centers between July 2010 and January 2011, according to a SANS Institute news release. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Fall Forum workshop: Promoting wellness and consumer loyalty
    What are the best ways to reach consumers and motivate them to focus on healthier lifestyles? What role do social media play? How can you best strengthen relationships with your members? Answer to these questions and more will be answered at the opening workshop at AHIP’s Fall Forum. Click here for details and to register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    AHIP Coverage highlights breaking news and developments in the health care system, and provides insight on how these issues affect consumers, businesses and the economy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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