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December 5, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Women with sleep apnea have more severe brain damage than men
    Sleep apnea was associated with worse brain damage in women than in male patients, a study in the journal Sleep indicated, and women with the condition displayed more significant signs of depression and anxiety. "This tells us that doctors should consider that the sleep disorder may be more problematic and therefore need earlier treatment in women than men," said researcher Paul Macey. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • 750 Ind. physicians agree to publish quality data
    The Indiana Health Information Exchange announced that more than 750 of the state's physicians will allow their clinical quality scores to be published online as part of the organization's Quality Health First initiative. "Reporting these quality scores is a significant milestone for physician practices seeking to demonstrate their commitment to improving the quality of care provided to patients," said Harold Apple, IHIE's president and CEO. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Update 
  • Adequate vitamin D may protect women from cognitive decline
    Two studies in the Journal of Gerontology showed a significant link between vitamin D intake and women's cognitive health. Women with low vitamin D levels were more at risk for cognitive decline compared with those who had enough vitamin D, according to one study. Meanwhile, French researchers found that women with Alzheimer's disease were more likely to have had low vitamin D intake than women who didn't develop the disease. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds similar metabolic benefits in LAGB, RYGB surgeries
    Insulin-resistant patients who either had laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures demonstrated improvements in body weight, insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function, according to researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Healio/Endocrine Today (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Emerging Trends 
  • FDA approves Ivera's tool to disinfect IV device tips
    The FDA has given Ivera Medical 510(k) clearance to market its line of disinfection tools called Curos Tips. The technology is intended to offer clinicians an affordable and safer means of disinfecting male luer connectors on devices used to administer intravenous drugs. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • Ranbaxy's recalled drug is safe to use, FDA reports
    The FDA announced that it is safe to keep taking Ranbaxy Laboratories' atorvastatin calcium drug, which was recalled last month due to possible contamination with small glass particles. Additional information provided by Ranbaxy demonstrated that the likelihood of serious health problems associated with product use was small, an official stated. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/3)
  • Antidepressant use may curb frequency of epileptic seizures
    Taking antidepressants improved the mood and anxiety levels of people with epilepsy and reduced the occurrence of seizures, a study found. Researchers monitored the outcomes of 100 patients on either selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and found that 86% of them reported improvements in symptoms. The findings were presented at the American Epilepsy Society meeting. HealthDay News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • FDA creates collaborative partnership with medical device makers
    The FDA and medical device makers formed a nonprofit organization, the Medical Device Innovation Consortium, to work with one another and with patient advocacy groups, CMS, foundations and academia to speed device approvals while protecting patients. "I know there will be real advances and new approaches that will emerge from it," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Becton Dickinson, Abiomed and Cyberonics are among the medical device companies participating in the consortium. Reuters (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Understanding ACOs
    Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have become ever more popular with health care reform implementation and the desire to improve the value, efficiency and quality of care to health plan members. Learn about ACOs -- from a historical perspective to their future impact on delivery and payment reforms -– by registering for AHIP’s new online course. Find course details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Project AssociateAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Director of Claims AdministrationHealthSCOPE Benefits, Inc.Little Rock, AR
Analytics AdvisorConfidentialScottsdale, AZ
Associate General CounselBMC HealthNet PlanBoston, MA
Pharmacy Customer Service ManagerHealthPartnersBloomington, MN
Sr Data AnalystCVS CaremarkNorthbrook, IL
Vice President - Exchange BusinessMVP Health CareSchenectady or Rochester, NY
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Internal Audit DirectorUCareMinneapolis, MN
Senior Director Claims AdministrationKaiser PermanenteDenver, CO
Associate Director, CORECouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
Chief Executive OfficerBeth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO)Boston, MA
Medical DirectorArizona Integrated Physicians Inc.Peoria, AZ
Sr. Director, Healthcare Quality AssuranceEvolent HealthArlington, DC
Director Compliance, Medicare Part DDirector Compliance, Medicare Part DScottsdale, AZ
Executive Vice President of Health InsuranceWisconsin Physicians Service Health InsuranceMadison, WI
Provider Network Management DirectorBlue Cross Blue Shiled of Georgia (WellPoint)Statewide, GA
Medical DirectorHarvard Pilgrim Health CareQuincy, MA
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
EID Program Manager Minnesota Management & BudgetSt. Paul, MN
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