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December 28, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Intensive care linked to higher dementia risk in seniors
    Stays in the intensive care unit were associated with increased risk of dementia in seniors, according to a study in the journal Critical Care. Researchers examined 25,368 Medicare patients and found that 17.8% developed dementia during the course of the study. Those with certain infections or short-term cognitive issues or those who received dialysis in the ICU faced higher likelihood of developing dementia. The association may highlight a need to more closely monitor certain patients for memory problems. (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Primary care institutes may help alleviate doc shortage
    U.S. hospitals in 2012 looked toward primary care institutes as one way to reduce the shortage of physicians. The Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation opened in November and the California Advanced Primary Care Institute is scheduled to open in 2013. Hospitals also created affiliations with medical schools and increased residency slots and programs, including a new family medicine residency program at the University of Montana in Missoula. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Patient adherence may prevent vascular procedure complications
    Stopping smoking and taking aspirin and statins may lower complication risks in people with blocked leg arteries who underwent a peripheral artery procedure, according to a study of more than 1,300 patients. The rate of complications six months after the vascular procedure was 7% for those who took statins and aspirin, compared with almost 16% for those who didn't. The findings appeared online in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. HealthDay News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Health care apps may make major clinical strides in 2013
    Consumers, who have been reluctant to download mobile health applications other than those focused on fitness and weight, might reach for more clinical apps in 2013 as the range of monitoring and disease management software broadens. Regulatory changes are also expected to encourage the growth in clinical software, according to industry analysts. GigaOm (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GymPact app's cash rewards for working out come to Android
    The GymPact workout application motivates exercisers by having users submit their credit card information along with an amount they are willing to donate should they miss their workout. The app uses location tracking to ensure that enthusiasts actually show up at the gym and pays diligent exercisers' accounts a cash reward out of the money derived from workout-skippers. The app marked its one-year anniversary with the launch of its first Android version. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • ONC aims to promote info exchange with awards
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will distribute awards ranging from $200,000 to $400,000 to health information technology groups that are in the process of creating "rules of the road" for health information exchange. The awards will enable the agency to "work collaboratively with entities already involved in governance of health information exchange to encourage the continued development and adoption of policies, interoperability requirements and business practices that will increase the ease of electronic health information exchange," wrote National Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari in a blog post. The application deadline is Feb. 4. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Register now for AHIP's March 2013 Exchange Conference
    As the focus on the logistics of Exchange implementation intensifies, attending AHIP's Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., will be more important than ever. The program will cover immediate steps required, and mid- to long-term decisions necessary to successfully participate in Exchanges. Register by Dec. 31 and take advantage of special year-end pricing. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar: Preparing for an OCR Security Audit
    The HHS Office for Civil Rights has been focusing intense scrutiny on security practices and privacy protections relating to personal health information. Industry leaders will tell you why it's important to prepare, review key issues the OCR will review, and discuss common corrective actions in a webinar from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 10, 2013. Find details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health systems change initiative launched
    AHIP Foundation announces the launch of the Institute for Health Systems Solutions (IHSS), an initiative designed to help advance new ideas regarding the delivery and financing of health care through credible, independent research and analysis. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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