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November 12, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • CDC: Smoking rate drops slightly from 2010 to 2011
    The number of U.S. adult smokers fell only slightly, from 19.3% in 2010 to 19% in 2011, but heavy smoking has become less prevalent, declining more than 25% since 2005, CDC officials said. They added that state funding for antismoking programs failed to meet the agency's recommendations. The findings appear in the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Rehabilitation program focuses on post-cancer recovery
    Harvard Medical School physician Julie Silver created the Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation or STAR program after her own battle with cancer left her debilitated and sick from the treatment. She says cancer survivors need rehab to help reduce post-cancer pain, fatigue and other effects that damage their quality of life. "The conversation should have been, 'We're going send you to cancer rehab, help you get stronger. We're gonna try to decrease some of your pain, your fatigue. We're gonna try to get you back to taking care of your kids and eventually get you back to work to take care of your patients,' " Silver says. WBUR-FM (Boston) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Update 
  • Testosterone ups MI, death risk in older diabetes, CAD patients
    Older patients with diabetes and coronary artery disease who underwent testosterone replacement therapy following coronary angiography were at greater risk of myocardial infarction and all-cause mortality compared with those who did not have the treatment, researchers reported at the American Heart Association meeting. The study was based on 3,375 veterans, including 461 treated with testosterone. Healio/Cardiology Today (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links statins to reduced cancer-related deaths
    Cancer patients receiving statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, were 15% less likely to die of cancer or of other causes than those who weren't taking the medications, according to a Danish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Statin use in patients with cancer is associated with reduced cancer-related mortality," researchers said. "Our hypothesis is that by reducing cholesterol, you steal cholesterol from the proliferating cancer cells ... improving survival," lead researcher Stig Bojesen said. Reuters (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Radcal to debut X-ray meters at Chicago event
    Radcal plans to introduce at a radiology meeting in Chicago its Rapid-Gold line of diagnostic X-ray meters. The new meters, designed for use in mammography and diagnostic measurements, come in four versions and feature the company's Accu-Gold multichannel digitizer to allow the incorporation of mA and mAs sensors. (free registration) (11/8) 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 
  • Infant acetaminophen use linked with childhood asthma risk
    Children who received more acetaminophen as babies had a greater likelihood of suffering asthmalike symptoms in preschool than those who were less likely to be treated with the drug, a Danish study shows. Although the findings, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, demonstrated an association between use of the drug and later asthma risk, it did not demonstrate a causal relationship. Reuters (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neurology group recommends steroids for Bell's palsy
    The American Academy of Neurology released new guidelines recommending steroid therapy for patients with new-onset Bell's palsy. Steroids increase the likelihood of facial nerve function recovery, the authors said. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Neurology. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/8), HealthDay News (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • HIT policy group requests comments on stage 3 MU proposals
    The Health IT Policy Committee is set to issue a request for public comments on its suggestions for the proposed meaningful use standard for the final stage of the EHR system incentive payment initiative. The group also seeks feedback on how to integrate consumer-reported information into clinical quality measures, which have been a component of MU specifications since the launch of the incentive program. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • The year is ending, the learning is not
    Take advantage of special-year end pricing on AHIP conferences, including the National Policy Forum, Institute 2013, Medicare/Medicaid Conferences and Fall Forum. You'll learn from world-class business, health care and political speakers, and have the opportunity to network with health care professionals from throughout the country. Register by 12:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 to save. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • From Theory to Practice: Implementing Shared Decision Making
    Join us from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 15 to learn what type of impact Shared Decision Making can have on quality, satisfaction, cost and utilization of care. Speakers will discuss critical success factors and best practices for implementing Shared Decision Making. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Open the door to connecting with health plans
    In an era of change, health plans are looking for companies with innovative products and services to help them focus on high-quality, affordable care for their members. Becoming an AHIP Affiliate Organization Member connects you with these health plans through numerous marketing and networking opportunities. Contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at to learn more.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Project Associate, Sponsored ProjectsAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Internal Audit DirectorUCareMinneapolis, MN
Senior Director Claims AdministrationKaiser PermanenteDenver, CO
Medical DirectorArizona Integrated Physicians Inc.Peoria, AZ
Director Compliance, Medicare Part DDirector Compliance, Medicare Part DScottsdale, AZ
Provider Network Management DirectorBlue Cross Blue Shiled of Georgia (WellPoint)Statewide, GA
Manager Special Investigations UnitSCAN Health PlanLong Beach, CA
Medical DirectorVirginia Premier Health PlanRichmond, VA
Chief Financial OfficerNeighborhood Health PlanBoston, MA
Vice President Member GroupLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President, Clinical Care IntegrationLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Regional Director Payor ContractsAmeritoxNationwide, United States
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President, Network Development and Provider RelationsLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Chief Executive OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Senior Vice President, Product Innovation and DevelopmentHarvard Pilgrim Health CareWellesley, MA
Director - Corporate CounselDelta Dental of CaliforniaSan Francisco, CA
CounselDelta Dental of CaliforniaSan Francisco, CA
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
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I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease."
--John Donne,
British poet, satirist, lawyer and cleric

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