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December 10, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Severe acute kidney injuries on the rise in U.S.
    The annual rate of dialysis-requiring acute kidney injury increased by about 10% on average from 2000 to 2009, with older people, men and black people being the most likely patients, a study showed. Annual mortality for such conditions rose from 18,000 to almost 39,000 during the study period, researchers said. They wrote in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that the incidence of these injuries surpassed that of kidney failure that needs transplant or dialysis. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Studies: Computer use leads to pain for doctors
    Data from two Cornell University studies showed physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are spending more time at the computer and paying a price in repetitive strain injuries linked to poorly designed work spaces. One study found that most female physicians and more than 40% of the males had repetitive strain-related pain in the neck, shoulder and back at least once a week. HealthDay News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Patients who had knee replacement gain weight in study
    Thirty percent of knee-replacement patients experienced weight gain of at least 5% of their weight at the time of the surgery in the five years after the procedure, suggesting that the operation may increase the risk of weight gain, a study in the journal Arthritis Care & Research revealed. "Future research should develop weight loss/maintenance interventions particularly for younger patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight prior to surgery, as they are most at risk for substantial post surgical weight gain," said study leader Daniel Riddle. Yahoo/Reuters (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Combining talk therapy, drugs may work better for depression
    U.K. researchers tracked 469 patients who failed to respond to antidepressant treatments and found that 46% of those who continued their medication and received cognitive behavioral therapy experienced at least a 50% reduction in depressive symptoms compared with 22% of those who took antidepressants alone. CBT-treated patients were also more likely to experience remission and have fewer anxiety symptoms. The findings were published in The Lancet. Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Devicor gets FDA OK for biopsy device
    The FDA has granted Devicor Medical Products approval for Mammotome revolve, which is used to obtain breast tissue biopsies. The device comes with the proprietary DualVac vacuum system to allow clinicians to obtain larger, contiguous breast tissue specimens, among other features. Medscape (free registration) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS releases $868M in EHR incentives for Nov.
    CMS estimates that EHR incentive payments to eligible doctors and hospitals last month reached $868 million. "The incentive payments [since the start of the program] were almost $1 billion more in November. We are on track for the end of December to hit the $10 billion mark for EHR incentives," said Robert Anthony, a specialist in CMS' Office of eHealth Standards and Services. Healthcare IT News (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Special Year-End Pricing on AHIP's National Policy Forum
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  • 3 weeks left to save on various 2013 AHIP conferences
    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
  • Time for Affordability
    AHIP is raising awareness of the factors driving health insurance premiums. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Project AssociateAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Chief Executive OfficerNeighborhood Health Plan of Rhode IslandProvidence, RI
Director of QI & AccreditationDenver Health & Hospital AuthorityDenver, CO
Medical DirectorArizona Integrated Physicians Inc.Peoria, AZ
Chief Executive OfficerHealth Plan of San JoaquinFrench Camp, CA
Program Manager - Medicare Advantage & Part D ProductsAARP Services, IncWashington, DC
Manager Special Investigations UnitSCAN Health PlanLong Beach, CA
Program Manager, Medicare Supplemental ProductsAARP Services, IncWashington, DC
Director of Claims AdministrationHealthSCOPE Benefits, Inc.Little Rock, AR
Pharmacy Customer Service ManagerHealthPartnersBloomington, MN
Associate General CounselBMC HealthNet PlanBoston, MA
Sr Data AnalystCVS CaremarkNorthbrook, IL
Associate Director, CORECouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
Vice President - Exchange BusinessMVP Health CareSchenectady or Rochester, NY
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Chief Executive OfficerBeth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO)Boston, MA
Analytics AdvisorConfidentialScottsdale, AZ
Sr. Director, Healthcare Quality AssuranceEvolent HealthArlington, DC
Executive Vice President of Health InsuranceWisconsin Physicians Service Health InsuranceMadison, WI
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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Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them."
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