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February 8, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Low cost, high satisfaction seen with online consults
    A study in Health Affairs found online consultation for routine health issues showed similar efficacy to that of standard care while leading to lower costs and high patient satisfaction. Online medical consultations also showed episode resolution rates comparable to those of convenience clinics, researchers said. InformationWeek (2/5)
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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Study shows infection-control practices perceived as most effective
    A survey of infection-control specialists at 478 U.S. hospitals helped Michigan researchers create a list of the most common infection-control practices based on strength of evidence. The report in the American Journal of Infection Control found alcohol-based hand rub and aseptic urinary catheter insertion were among those perceived as the most effective practices, while routine central catheter changes and nitrofurazone-releasing urinary catheters were among the practices perceived as the least effective. Nurse.com (2/3) 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.

  Medical Update 
 
  • Study supports link between blood type and clot risk
    People with the AB blood type face a 4% greater risk than people with blood type O of developing blood clots in the veins, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. People with Factor V Leiden and a clot-promoting prothrombin genetic mutation had clotting risks that were seven and 11 times greater, respectively, than for people without. Researchers said ABO blood typing should be part of all risk-screening protocols. Time.com/Healthland blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Biennial mammograms for older women backed by large study
    The risk of having breast cancer detected at a late stage was no higher for older women who received mammograms every two years rather than annually, according to a study of more than 140,000 women ages 66 to 89. Annual mammograms were associated with an increased risk of false positives. The study appeared online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.

  Emerging Trends 
 
  • J&J unit gains 510(k) clearance for surgical sealer
    Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson unit, has been cleared by the FDA to market its Enseal G2 Articulating system. The device, which is used to aid surgeons in accessing tight cavities and minimizing internal bleeding, improves on the company's original Enseal system with the ability to flex around bodily structures. MassDevice.com (Boston) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health group, firms start SMS system for prostate cancer patients
    The Prostate Cancer Foundation, Mobile Commons and Sanofi unveiled a text messaging system called Prost8Care to aid patients with prostate cancer as they cope with the advanced stages of the disease. The program sends patients text messages with health tips, such as ways to manage side effects of chemotherapy. MobiHealthNews.com (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.

  Health Insurance Plan Company News 
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  Pharma News 
  • FDA finds more bogus Avastin in U.S. supply chain
    Counterfeit versions of bevacizumab, which is sold in the U.S. as Genentech's Avastin, have entered the U.S. drug supply chain, according to a warning from the FDA. The bogus drug is labeled as Roche Holding's Altuzan. That drug is not approved for sale in the U.S. Testing found one or more batches of the suspect drug lacked the active ingredient, and the fake products are linked to Medical Device King, Pharmalogical and Taranis Medical. HealthDay News (2/6), Yahoo/The Associated Press (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Bipartisan House bill would end Medicare SGR
    Reps. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., and Joe Heck, R-Nev., introduced a bill to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and identify new payment and delivery models based on specialty, practice type and region. The bill also increases payment updates for preventive care, primary care and coordinated care. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Save $500 on connecting with health plans
    Save $500 on your AHIP Affiliate Organization Membership through Friday, March 15, when you mention the discount code AffiliateOrg13. Becoming an Affiliate Organization Member is a great way to learn about the solutions health plans are seeking, and to showcase your products and services. For details, contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at BusinessDevelopment@ahip.org or 866-707-AHIP (2447) today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pre-order “AIS's Directory of Health Plans: 2013” today
    Available in print or CD, “AIS’s Directory of Health Plans: 2013” allows you to make smart decisions based on solid data. Use the directory to identify market trends, gain insight into health plan models, determine which networks may best serve for your organization, develop benchmarks and more. Visit the AHIP Store today to reserve your copy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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CEO CarePoint Health PlanCarePoint Health PlanBayonne, NJ
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
CAQH Managing Director, Finance and AdministrationCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Director of Sales & MarketingHometown HealthReno, NV
Asst Director, Medicare Prod. Analytics/Rev. Mgmt CambiaPortland, OR
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