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February 20, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Gains in childhood cancer survival slow
    Although the five-year survival rate of children with cancer increased from 30% in the 1960s to 80% in 2000s, improvement has leveled off, physicians wrote in Lancet Oncology. The report's authors say the approach to research and regulation must be modernized to address the issue. Just 15 childhood cancer drugs have been allowed for use in children since 1998. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hip implants fail more often in women than men, study finds
    U.S. researchers looked at more than 35,000 hip replacement surgeries and found that the rate of implant failure five years after the procedure was higher in women than men. The findings, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that gender differences in outcomes for hip replacements should be considered in patient management as well as device development. HealthDay News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Research ties income inequality to hospital readmissions
    States with the highest level of income inequality had an additional 40,000 hospital readmissions over three years compared with other states, a study in BMJ found. Researchers found no evidence that greater divides between rich and poor were substantially linked to increased mortality risk. HealthDay News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hospitals join patient safety initiative
    More than 20 hospitals and hospital groups have committed to actions that will increase patient safety, while nine medical device firms will make patient information more accessible, according to the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Movement. The action plans include goals linked to the prevention of catheter line-associated bloodstream infections, as well as pledges involving education about blood transfusions and proper blood management. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Research explores age, mortality and obesity
    Although previous research has suggested the connection between obesity and mortality becomes less important with age, researchers at Columbia University found the link between obesity and death risk grows stronger as age increases. The findings appear in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Healio/Endocrine Today (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blood vessel damage found in brains of people with Alzheimer's
    Researchers compared the brains of people with and without Alzheimer's disease and found that those with Alzheimer's had greater areas of blood vessel damage than those without the condition. They also found blood vessel damage in people suffering from mild memory problems. The study appeared online in JAMA Neurology. HealthDay News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Tablet-based app helps assess patients' neuromuscular conditions
    A tablet-based platform called NeuroAssess is being created by researchers from Hebrew SeniorLife, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and the Beth Israel Medical Center. The tool leverages an application that is capable of examining baseline data from patients to describe their neuromuscular conditions. In addition, the platform is being tested for its ability to detect concussions in athletes. CNET/Cutting Edge blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HCV drug from Gilead shows efficacy in late-stage trial
    Hepatitis C patients with certain genotypes who took Gilead Sciences' sofosbuvir in a late-stage clinical trial had cure rates of 50% at 12 weeks and 73% at 16 weeks, compared with the 25% historic cure rate among such patients. Sofosbuvir-treated patients with cirrhosis showed lower sustained virologic response, researchers said. Yahoo/Reuters (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • ONC voluntary guidelines for HIE will be issued in coming months
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will release voluntary guidelines for health information exchange in the first half of 2013. The guidelines, given instead of a formal rule, will allow for feedback and sharing of best practices in the health care community. The ONC will update guidelines periodically in an effort to "get something out to reduce uncertainty and let people know what we're thinking," said ONC policy analyst Steve Posnack. HealthCareInfoSecurity.com (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Get answers to your exchange implementation questions
    AHIP’s Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., is your opportunity to gain valuable insights in sessions including “SHOP Exchanges: Strategic and Operational Preparedness for Health Plans” and “Employer Requirements in an Exchange Environment.” You’ll leave with dozens of answers to help you prepare for Exchanges. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The AHIP Select Program
    Laying the groundwork to implement health care reform at your organization involves finding and working with organizations that can support your efforts. From complex data analysis to information technology solutions, AHIP Select Program Members specialize in providing products and services for the health care industry. Learn more. 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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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Associate Medical Director (Part-Time)UCareMinneapolis, 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
Vice President Member GroupLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Manager, Payor RelationsThe joint CommissionOakbrook Terrace, IL
Government Relations and Compliance OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.Metarie, LA
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative Inc. (LAHC)Metarie, LA
Asst Director, Medicare Prod. Analytics/Rev. Mgmt CambiaPortland, OR
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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