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January 30, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • CDC: Vaccination rates for certain diseases "unacceptably low"
    CDC officials reported Tuesday that vaccination rates for certain diseases -- including pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, shingles and whooping cough -- were "unacceptably low" among U.S. adults. "We are encouraging all adults to talk with their health care providers about which vaccines are appropriate for them," said HHS assistant secretary Dr. Howard Koh. Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatric hypertension may be less prevalent than thought
    U.S. researchers looked at 199,513 children ages 3 to 7 and found that most of them had normal blood pressure levels, while 12.7% had prehypertension and 5.4% had BP levels within the hypertension range. They noted that blacks and Asians had a higher prevalence of hypertension than other groups. Both increasing age and body mass index were substantially linked to prehypertension and hypertension, according to the study in Pediatrics. News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report calls for U.S. to move toward preventive health model
    The nonprofit Trust for America's Health proposed shifting U.S. health care from a sick-care model to a prevention format, and while executive director Jeffrey Levi called it the humanitarian thing to do, economists disagreed with the group's assessment that it would reduce costs. Data show some preventive services may not improve an individual's health, and health policy expert Peter Neumann of Tufts University School of Medicine said that "prevention itself costs money, and some preventive measures can be very expensive, especially if you give them to a lot of people who won't benefit." Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nurse involvement may drive peers to join quality programs
    The participation of registered nurses in quality improvement programs showed little progress between 2004 and 2008, according to a study in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Researchers from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation suggested strategies that would help engage nurses in the programs, such as increasing the involvement of experienced colleagues in helping new nurses translate newly acquired QI knowledge into action. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Higher pregnancy risk seen with morning sickness in 2nd trimester
    Pregnant women who were admitted for severe morning sickness during the second trimester had a twofold increased risk of developing preeclampsia and were 1.4 times as likely to deliver a baby that was small for gestational age compared with those who did not suffer from the condition, a Swedish study found. The results appear in the journal BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deep-fried foods linked to prostate cancer risk in study
    Men who ate deep-fried foods such as french fries or fried chicken once a week or more were up to 37% more likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ate deep-fried foods less than once a month, according to a study of about 3,000 men. Fried foods also were associated with a slightly higher risk of developing more aggressive prostate cancer. The findings appeared online in the journal The Prostate. HealthDay News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS aims to make integrated care easier with new codes
    The CMS approved codes 99495 and 99496 for reporting the management of patients recently discharged from a skilled nursing facility or hospital. The codes will help health care professionals working in accountable care organizations and other integrated models to provide transitional care, the American Medical Association said. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Keeping you on pace with implementation
    Sessions at AHIP’s Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., will cover the topics of most concern to health plans, from SHOP Exchanges and the employer perspective, to concerns on network adequacy and care continuity. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    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
  • Health systems change initiative launched
    AHIP Foundation announces the launch of the Institute for Health Systems Solutions (IHSS), an initiative designed to help advance new ideas regarding the delivery and financing of health care through credible, independent research and analysis. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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