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February 18, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Group issues assessment to gauge hospital safety, quality
    The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has introduced the 2011 ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment for Hospitals meant to help health care facilities evaluate drug practice safety, pinpoint improvement opportunities and compare outcomes with similar hospitals. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines link between EHR use, health service referrals
    Providers using EHRs are more likely to refer women for mammograms and other preventive care, including pelvic and breast examinations, according to research in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Providers without EHRs had the lowest referral rates for all but two tests involving women's health, researchers found. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Weight-loss program safe, effective among senior women
    Older obese women who underwent a lifestyle intervention had lost as much weight as middle-age participants at six and 18 months, according to a study in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging. Older women did not show higher risk of adverse events than middle-aged women, researchers noted, and better improvements in blood pressure were seen among the older women. (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. women are using morning-after pill in past decade
    CDC researchers looked at data from the National Survey of Family Growth and found that 11% of women between ages 15 and 44 reported using the morning-after pill from 2006 to 2010, up from about 4.2% in 2002. They noted that 23% of the users were young women ages 20 to 24 and that users were more likely to be non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women than non-Hispanic black women. HealthDay News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • App examines heart disease risk
    A mobile application created by the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and released by the Million Hearts initiative enables patients to evaluate their heart disease risk and track progress toward goals. The Heart Health Mobile app asks a series of questions about health status and directs users to clinics and pharmacies for blood pressure and cholesterol assessments. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Coalition: Give feds power to negotiate Medicare drug prices
    The federal government should be able to negotiate the prices of Medicare drugs, says according to a new campaign by a coalition of health care groups. "It's ridiculous for Medicare to be paying drug companies two and three times as much money for drugs as other countries at a time when we are cutting essential programs," the Center for Economic and Policy Research's Dean Baker said. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Partnerships improving care and access for dual eligibles
    At AHIP's Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage, and Cost, March 12 in Washington, D.C., you'll learn about innovative stakeholder initiatives that are working to strengthen care, services and support for dual eligibles in sessions including “Examining the Dual Eligibles Landscape” and “State Strategies for Streamlining and Aligning Initiatives.” Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP now offers health insurance-focused IT education
    With health care reform implementation, health plans and providers are now looking to IT as a strategic partner. The need for IT professionals with health insurance knowledge has never been greater. AHIP has a new program that educates IT professionals of all levels about health insurance IT. It includes designations, webinars, workshops, online courses and more. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP infographic and plans’ best immunization practices
    AHIP’s infographic complements its “Immunization Innovations,” an online resource featuring leading immunization programs aimed at increasing immunization rates for children, adolescents and adults. Complete with video and audio announcements and links to educational tools, Immunization Innovations highlights promising models that health plans around the country are using to improve the health of their members and communities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Manager, Payor RelationsThe joint CommissionOakbrook Terrace, IL
Government Relations and Compliance OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.Metarie, LA
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