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March 12, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Flu season continues to wane in U.S.
    CDC officials announced on Friday that flu activity dropped in most parts of the country during the week ending March 2, with 46 states reporting low to minimal activity and four states experiencing moderate activity. As of last week, 87 children had died because of the flu, and a little more than half of hospitalizations involved people 65 and older. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Greater nurse training linked to lower death rates after surgery
    A 10-point increase in the percentage of nurses with baccalaureate degrees in a hospital was associated with an average reduction of about two deaths for every 1,000 surgical patients, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs. Factors such as staffing levels, skills or experience were not associated with lower death rates in the study, which involved 134 Pennsylvania hospitals. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Research finds inappropriate colonoscopies in older patients
    Twenty-three percent of colonoscopies performed in patients age 70 and older may be inappropriate, according to a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine that looked at Medicare claims data for all of Texas. Among those aged 76 to 85, up to 39% were considered inappropriate. Researchers also found more than 40% of tests performed by some physicians involved patients who likely did not need the screening. Reuters (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Cardiac ultrasound devices from Toshiba debut
    The Aplio 300 CV and Aplio 500 CV ultrasound devices were being showcased by Toshiba America Medical Systems at the American College of Cardiology meeting this week in San Francisco. The devices incorporate the company's 2D wall motion tracking system for quantitative evaluation and imaging of myocardial wall motion, and can be used with premium 2D heart tests. (free registration) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drug data website offers info to patients via free app
    A free mobile application has been introduced by medication data website to enable patients to access their medication records as well as news and information about drug interactions and health. "The latest Medication Guide app is a practical tool to shorten this learning curve for both patients and caregivers alike. Medication management, safety and adherence will simply become easier," said Philip Thornton,'s chief executive. Drug Store News (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • Report: 907 biotech vaccines and therapies in the pipeline
    Biopharmaceutical companies are developing 907 biologic vaccines and drugs for more than 100 conditions, according to a Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America report. The lineup includes 134 vaccines for infectious diseases, 338 drugs for cancer, 71 for autoimmune diseases and 58 for cardiovascular diseases. Drug Store News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Many add-on cholesterol drugs are ineffective, research finds
    Niaspan, Lovaza, Zetia and Vytorin are often prescribed along with a statin to further reduce patients' risk of stroke or heart attack, but the drugs have not proven to do so, and new research finds prescription niacin may increase bleeding, infection and diabetes risks. "So at least $4.5 billion was spent on drugs with uncertain benefit and known risks," said Dr. James Stein of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • CMS to conduct call on State Innovation Models
    A CMS conference call today will address the State Innovation Models initiative and how providers can be part of the program. Six states have received funding to evaluate models for improved health care delivery and payment under Medicare and Medicaid, and 19 states were awarded money to develop plans to do so. AHA News Now (3/8)
  AHIP News 
  • Prepare for 2014 at AHIP’s June Exchange Conference
    AHIP’s next Exchange Conference, June 12 in Las Vegas, will bring together thought leaders in business, government and health care to share implementation updates and next steps, and address your questions. The Exchange Conference is being held in conjunction with AHIP’s Institute 2013, providing you an opportunity for additional learning and networking. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health Reform Dental Mandate and What It Means to You
    Join us from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on May 8 to learn about essential dental pediatric health benefits outlined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will guide health plan executives on evaluating whether and how they offer dental services, understanding the requirements, and learning what they need to accomplish in order to be "reform ready." Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Health Plan and Payor CounselKaiser PermanenteMultiple Locations, United States
Manager, Financial Controls and Commission Administration Geisinger Health PlanDanville, PA
Chief Operating OfficerHealth Alliance Medical PlansUrbana, IL
Contract Review and Compliance AttorneyAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Director, Enterprise Data GroupThe Centers for Medicare and MedicaidWoodlawn, MD, MD
Manager, Payor RelationsThe joint CommissionOakbrook Terrace, IL
Vice President-Management and PerformanceUnited Health GroupNationwide, United States
Senior Director, Product Innovation and Development Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst CampusCleveland, OH
Medicare Product ManagerRegence Portland, OR
Vice President, Network Development and Provider RelationsLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Associate Medical DirectorUCareMinneapolis, MN
Chief Executive OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President, Clinical Care IntegrationLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative Inc. (LAHC)Metarie, LA
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Integrated Market Medical ExecutiveKindred HealthcareLas Vegas, NV
Vice President, Provider Relations & CredentialingConfidentialWyomissing, PA
Vice President, Health Plan OperationsSatellite Health Plan, Inc.San Jose, CA
CAQH Managing Director, Finance and AdministrationCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Director of Product Management, UPDCouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
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