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December 20, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Few Americans have ideal heart health, data show
    Only 3% of Americans have ideal cardiovascular health, while 10% have poor heart health, according to research reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The conclusions are based on a survey of 350,000 Americans who reported on metrics including blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and diabetes. The percentage of heart-healthy respondents was lowest in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Mississippi and highest in Washington, D.C., Vermont and Virginia. Healio/Cardiology Today (12/19), (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some cancer risks may be greater among 9/11 relief workers
    Responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York's World Trade Center had between 1.4 and 2.9 times increased risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, thyroid cancer or multiple myeloma later, a study showed. The overall cancer rates for both responders and residents did not exceed the state average, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Patient-centered programs may boost doctor-patient communication
    Health care providers and patients who took part in patient-centered programs attained improvements in patient satisfaction, health status and the medical consultation process, according to a review in The Cochrane Library. The results suggest providers "can acquire skills to enhance their communication with patients about their concerns and treatment options," said Drs. Francesca Dwamena and Robert Smith, the review authors. Health Behavior News Service (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Update 
  • Poor diet may influence polyp growth in Lynch syndrome patients
    A study from the Netherlands found that people with Lynch syndrome, which confers a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer and other cancers, who ate fast food or junk-food snacks were twice as likely to develop polyps as those with lower intake of such foods. The study did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship but researcher Akke Botma of Wageningen University said it suggests eating habits may play a role in polyp development among Lynch syndrome patients. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey finds some Americans turn to health technology over doctor
    According to a survey by Royal Philips Electronics, 27% of Americans surveyed use interactive, Internet-based tools instead of seeing a doctor, while a quarter said they had utilized home-based diagnostic tools or symptom checker websites as much as they had seen a doctor. Eleven percent of respondents credited online health resources with saving their lives or preventing serious incapacitation. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • States struggle to handle rising cost of Medicaid care
    Ten states are over budget on Medicaid and other public health initiative spending, compared with six at this time a year ago, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The recession added more people to Medicaid rolls, but spending is up even in Maine, where caseloads have declined. Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Prepare for exchanges in 2013
    At AHIP's Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15, 2013, in Washington, D.C., you'll learn about the immediate steps required, and the mid- to longer-term decisions necessary to successfully participate in Exchanges. Details will be available soon. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. health care spending 101 iPad App
    AHIP has released a new iPad app that consolidates 50 years of data from the Congressional Budget Office, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Management and Budget into a series of simple, interactive charts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Associate General CounselBMC HealthNet PlanBoston, MA
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
Medical DirectorArizona Integrated Physicians Inc.Peoria, AZ
Vice President - Exchange BusinessMVP Health CareSchenectady or Rochester, NY
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Director of Claims AdministrationHealthSCOPE Benefits, Inc.Little Rock, AR
Medical DirectorHarvard Pilgrim Health CareQuincy, MA
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Analytics AdvisorConfidentialScottsdale, AZ
EID Program Manager Minnesota Management & BudgetSt. Paul, MN
Chief Executive OfficerHealth Plan of San JoaquinFrench Camp, CA
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