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February 11, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • CDC: Flu season appears to be waning
    CDC officials report that in much of the U.S., flu season is starting to wind down, according to data from the week ending Feb. 2. Widespread flu activity was reported in 38 states, down from 42, and mortality attributed to influenza also was down. Nineteen states recorded high levels of flu activity, the agency said. USA Today (2/8), U.S. News & World Report (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Incorporating health literacy may bolster patient engagement
    A commentary in Health Affairs suggests hospitals that make health literacy a priority may improve patient engagement. Researchers outlined a model that incorporates the six structural aspects of the Care Model with 20 strategies from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Increase seen in birth defect rate for multiple births
    About 11 in every 10,000 multiple births across 14 European countries in 2007 had congenital defects, up from about six in every 10,000 multiple births in 1984, according to a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers noted that the largest increase in birth defects among multiples was not due to chromosomal abnormalities. Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties bone mass to higher BMI among women
    Women who had high bone mass were nearly 20 pounds heavier and had a 4.5% lower portion of lean body mass than those in the control group of a study that suggests bone mass may be linked with BMI. Researchers noted "a particular tendency toward central adiposity" among patients with high bone mass and suggested that the relationship is a causative one, but more study is needed. The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Healio/Endocrine Today (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Developer unveils telemedicine tool for iPad
    The ControlStation App for iPad was recently unveiled by InTouch Health. The application, which works as an interface physicians can use to hold telehealth consultations with patients, can be linked to any InTouch devices, such as the RP-VITA. MedGadget.com (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • Macleods gets FDA nod for generic Actos
    Macleods Pharma received FDA approval for its pioglitazone hydrochloride tablets in three strengths: 15 mg, 30 mg and 45 mg. The drug is a generic formulation of the diabetes treatment Actos, made by Takeda. Drug Store News (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Amy Walter just added to the Policy Forum agenda
    Join AHIP at the 2013 National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., for thought-provoking perspectives on economic, financial and ethical matters. Amy Walter, National Editor, The Cook Political Report; Former Political Director, ABC, will lead a discussion during the lunch session “Political Update and 2013 Outlook: Common Ground or More of the Same?” Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report and Infographic: A Hidden Threat to Affordability
    A new report and infographic show that some physicians who choose not to participate in health insurance networks are charging patients fees that are 10 times& -- and in some cases, nearly 100 times -- Medicare reimbursement for the same service in the same geographic area. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP PPO Direct – Growing business opportunities
    PPO Direct brings PPO network members exposure to an audience of potential payers and administrators looking to expand their provider network. HealthLink, a member of PPO Direct, is one of the largest health care organizations in the central United States, serving nearly 1 million medical enrollees and 1.4 million Workers' Compensation enrollees of health plans that access a HealthLink network program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Vice President Member GroupLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
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Government Relations and Compliance OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.Metarie, LA
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative Inc. (LAHC)Metarie, LA
Director of Product Management, UPDCouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
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