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E-news for the health care industry | June 19, 2013

AHIP Solutions SmartBrief Special Report:
Highlights from Institute 2013
A week ago, leaders from across the health insurance industry converged in Las Vegas for big ideas and focused solutions at a pivotal time in health care. Attendees and presenters discussed the twin challenges of escalating costs and growing chronic disease burdens as well as the promise of technological and patient revolutions. This special report covers some of the highlights of AHIP's Institute 2013. Look for continued coverage of these topics and how stakeholders tackle the challenges of our time in the AHIP Solutions SmartBrief.
  The Health Care Landscape 
  • The future of health care, according to Dr. Eric Topol
    The combination of smartphone-enabled diagnostics, widespread genomic sequencing and other changes in the digital age will fuel a revolution in health care delivery, cost effectiveness and the democratization of medicine, leaving hospitals with a dramatically reduced footprint, doctors with a new way of practicing and patients with a new level of involvement in their care, according to cardiologist Eric Topol. "There's a big shake-up coming," Topol told attendees at Institute 2013. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (6/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Big ideas for the big challenges of health care
    Providers, insurance industry leaders and others speaking at AHIP's Institute 2013 painted a picture of an ailing health care system on the cusp of a massive overhaul. Solutions discussed include using EHRs to their full potential by ensuring clinicians always have access to full patient histories, new payment models that promote the best care rather than the most care, and quality and cost transparency. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

PaySpan's virtual credit card reimbursement solution is a cost effective electronic payment alternative to paper based methods. PaySpan's virtual card solution enables payers and providers to better manage the complex and evolving reimbursement process, and it ensures compliance with the CAQH operating rules for electronic payments. Learn more.
  The Health Care Consumer 
  • Experts: Insurers should focus on what they do best
    With major provisions of the Affordable Care Act set to be enacted, health insurers are shifting from a business-to-business model to a consumer-centric approach. Experts who spoke at AHIP's consumer conference ahead of Institute 2013 say the transition involves many moving parts and a significant cultural shift. They recommend engaging every health plan employee in the new mind-set, looking at insurance policies and restrictions through the consumer's eye, and focusing on simplifying the process of signing up, understanding and using benefits. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Payers can learn from Part D as they develop outreach
    Just as they did with the advent of Medicare's prescription drug benefit, insurers must reach out to consumers, many of whom will gain coverage for the first time under the Affordable Care Act. "There are lessons we can learn from Part D," according to Dr. Jan Berger of Silverlink Communications. It's a tall order for traditionally business-to-business industry, but John Fiacco of ConnectedHealth sees it as an opportunity to foster loyalty. Insurers "can now make lifelong relationship with an individual." Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
 Align Member behavior with Patient Centered Financial Home
Patient Center Financial Home™ (PCFH) moves reimbursement beyond transactions to a strategy promoting awareness of the financial value of care coordination. PCFH provides transparency in the utilization of benefits to all constituents and allows health plans to engage members, improve outcomes and drive value. Learn more.

  Improving Health 
  • Innovators reach out to payers for solutions
    There is innovation happening throughout the world of health care, but experts speaking at Institute 2013 say the payer point of view is crucial to development of diagnostics, cures and new avenues for care delivery that will ultimately improve and save lives. "Every second is urgent," said FasterCures Executive Director Margaret Anderson. "We're all going to be patients or we [already] are." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (6/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The obesity challenge
    Weight Watchers CEO David Kirchhoff told attendees at AHIP's Institute 2013 that obesity is much like the visible portion of an iceberg. What's below the water and less tangible are the long-term threats that come with it: diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more. These conditions carry huge costs that could sink the health care system, Kirchhoff argued. He sought to shed light on obesity and encouraged insurers to continue to work to stem the issue. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on AHIP 
  • Jon Wolske of Zappos will discuss customer expectations
    As health insurance plans move from a B2B to a B2C marketplace, is your organization's infrastructure ready for new customers? Hear what Jon Wolske, Culture Evangelist at Zappos Insights, says about consumer readiness. Join us for AHIP's Consumer Experience Forum Part Two, July 18 and 19 in Philadelphia, to hear Jon and many other retail companies and advisors. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Download the AHIP Conferences App
    Whether you're registered for an AHIP conference or considering attending a future program, you'll want to download the AHIP Conferences App to access conference agendas, AHIP resources, course information and so much more. Download the app today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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