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March 4, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Report finds boomers' parents were healthier than they are
    A report in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals baby boomers have higher rates of hypertension, cholesterol and diabetes than their parents' generation, contributing to high costs and lower quality of life. Researchers found 13% of baby boomers rated their health as "excellent," while 32% of their parents did so. However, life expectancy continues to grow. "People are living longer sicker," said physician Andrew Adams. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Lung congestion raises risk of death in dialysis patients
    Dialysis patients with severe lung congestion were more likely to die and have heart attacks or other cardiac problems than those with mild or no congestion, according to a study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Lung ultrasounds can detect early signs of fluid retention and could help identify at-risk patients sooner, researchers found. HealthDay News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

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  • Study suggests lower-income patients left out of HIT advances
    A survey of more than 400 patients in low-income areas showed 78% of respondents want to communicate electronically with their physicians, but only 17% are able to interact with providers via e-mail, researchers wrote in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. "Lower-income patients from a wide variety of backgrounds want to be part of the health information technology revolution," said Dr. Adam Schickedanz. "The question is whether they will be afforded the opportunities to take part in the same way as their middle- and higher-income peers." U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/1)
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  Medical Update 
 
  • Study finds MRSA infection linked to season, age
    Children face a higher risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection during the summer, while older people are at greater risk of infection in winter, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed. Although the findings failed to explain the seasonal- and age-related risk patterns, researchers suggest increased antibiotic use in the winter could play a role. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parenting classes help curb obesity risk factors, study finds
    Children of parents who participated in an educational program consumed fewer sweets and sugary drinks and spent less time watching TV than those whose parents did not take the classes, a study indicated. However, weight and activity levels were not statistically different between the groups after a year, according to the study published in the journal Pediatrics. DailyRx.com (3/3)
How episodes of care help cut costs and improve quality.
Health care costs are unsustainably high and health outcomes are suboptimal. To curb these trends, the incentive and movement toward value-based care is gaining momentum. This paper describes the advanced analytics that can assist health care organizations balance cost reduction and quality improvement through analysis of episodes of care.

  Emerging Trends 
  • Full-field digital mammo device from Philips gets FDA OK
    The FDA has given Royal Philips Electronics 510(k) clearance to market its MicroDose SI technology for breast cancer screening. The full-field digital mammography system improves on the company's existing MicroDose devices with Single-Shot Spectral Imaging capability. HealthImaging.com (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App delivers fetal heart rate data to providers
    A mobile app, called Essentris Fetal, was launched by CliniComp International to deliver information from fetal heart monitors to the mobile devices of health care providers. The app will be used at the Daughters of Charity Health System in California and integrated into its EMR system. It can also deliver data on blood oxygen levels and contraction frequency. San Diego Business Journal (3/1) 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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  Pharma News 
  • Diclofenac raises odds of cardiovascular events, study finds
    Patients who used diclofenac to relieve arthritis pain faced a 39% higher risk of heart attack and were 40% more likely to suffer cardiovascular events compared with people who did not use the drug. "When doctors prescribe [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs], they need to consider the patient's risk profile. Particularly for patients with higher risk of cardiovascular events, a doctor should either advise against NSAID use or recommend one that has a relatively low cardiovascular risk," the researchers wrote in PLoS Medicine. DailyRx.com (3/3)
  Policy Watch 
  AHIP News 
  • Global thinking, plus the details. Institute 2013
    Your time is limited. So are your budgets. AHIP’s Institute 2013 is designed with that in mind. The program combines globally focused sessions, as well as those that delve into the details of our changing health care system. From marketplace innovations and business strategy to payment reform, the consumer experience, and technology, you’ll leave with information to take action and move with confidence towards 2014. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tweets to learn by -- follow @AHIPEducation on Twitter
    Follow @AHIPEducaton on Twitter for daily tweets about AHIP’s educational opportunities, including conferences, online courses and webinars. View our profile. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DM Direct -- Helping health plans advance their DM programs
    For health plans looking to expand their DM programs, AHIP’s DM Direct is a valuable resource tool that provides access to a list of companies that offer innovative DM solutions. For example, Resolution Health, Inc. is a health care data analytics and communications company that delivers personalized patient and physician communications to help improve health care quality and reduce healthcare costs. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Medicare Product ManagerRegence Portland, OR
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CAQH Managing Director, Finance and AdministrationCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
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The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret."
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