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December 27, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Undiagnosed diabetes linked to poorer outcomes in breast cancer
    Twenty-six percent of women with breast cancer in a study had previously undiagnosed diabetes, according to research published in BMC Cancer. "In breast cancer, previously undiagnosed diabetes is associated with advanced stage cancer and increased mortality," the researchers wrote. "Identifying biological factors would require further investigation." Healio/O&P Business News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Researchers: Well-designed patient surveys offer useful insight
    An opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine argues that well-designed patient satisfaction surveys offer "robust measures of quality," and the authors say providers should devote greater effort to assessment of patient experiences. "We have found that patient-reported measures not only are strongly correlated with better outcomes but also largely capture patient evaluation of care-focused communication with nurses and physicians, rather than noncore aspects of patient experience, such as room features and meals," the authors wrote. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CDC: Obesity rates drop slightly in preschool-aged children
    The percentage of obese, low-income preschoolers declined from above 15% in 2003 to below 15% in 2010, CDC researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The rate of extreme obesity fell from 2.2% in 2003 to below 2.1% in 2010. Progress in reducing childhood obesity rates may be related to greater breast-feeding rates and increasing awareness of the importance of exercise, researchers said. Reuters (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: CRC screening is no better with online education
    A study of more than 900 women found online educational materials aimed at improving colorectal cancer screening rates were no more effective than printed outreach materials or usual care, according to researchers from Fox Chase Cancer Center and Case Western. Only about 12% of women were screened regardless of educational materials, which gastroenterologist Dr. Hemant Roy said was "flabbergastingly disappointing." WBUR-FM (Boston)/National Public Radio (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FDA issues guidance to expedite drug development
    The FDA has released a draft guidance document designed to help drug companies speed development. The 42-page guidance outlines "enrichment strategies" meant to improve the efficiency of drug trials such as excluding patients unlikely to demonstrate clinical benefit. "These are potentially powerful strategies for the pharmaceutical industry because appropriate use of enrichment could result in smaller studies, shortened drug development times, and lower development costs," wrote Dr. Bob Temple of the FDA. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HHS seeks feedback on HIT safety plan
    HHS is seeking public comments as it unveils a safety plan from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to address the possibility that HIT contributes to medical errors. The action program includes strategies and objectives to encourage stakeholders to better organize their plans to boost the safety of HIT. The deadline for comments is Feb. 4. Health Data Management (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Share ideas at AHIP's Dual Eligibles Summit
    AHIP's Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage, and Cost, March 12 in Washington, D.C., will convene policymakers, advocates, providers, health plans, and community-based organizations to examine the latest federal and state developments and discuss issues related to access, care integration, and quality measurement for dual eligibles. Click here to register by Dec. 31 and take advantage of special year-end pricing. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP's immunization compendia highlights health plan strategies
    Immunization Innovations is AHIP's online compendia of pioneering programs and leading best practices for measuring and improving immunization rates. Complete with outreach tools, educational resources, and marketing materials, AHIP's "Immunization Innovations" infographic highlights promising models that health plans around the country have used to improve immunization rates in all populations. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Follow @AHIPEducation on Twitter
    For updates related to AHIP's various educational offerings, including conference news, upcoming webinars, and the latest online health insurance courses, follow @AHIPEducation on Twitter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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