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January 31, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
 
  • Tumor resection fails to better survival in metastatic neuroblastoma
    A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology revealed that primary tumor resection did not improve the five-year, event-free survival in patients with metastatic neuroblastoma. The German researchers said the findings "do not justify aggressive surgery in patients undergoing high-intensity multimodal treatment for metastatic neuroblastoma." Healio/HemOnc Today (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Comprehensive Drug Resource Helps You Save on Rx Cost: Try Savings Calculator
Accessing all (both brand and generic) therapeutic drug alternatives provides the savings payers need, and improves member health. Learn more about how you can spend less on Rx benefits with MEDalternatives. Try cost savings calculator now.
 

  Providers & Suppliers 
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  Medical Update 
 
  • Erectile dysfunction tied to heart disease risk
    Researchers looked at data on more than 95,000 men ages 45 and older and found that those with moderate or severe erectile dysfunction had an up to 50% higher risk of being hospitalized for heart problems. Having a history of heart disease further increased the risk of hospitalization. The study was published in the journal PLoS Medicine. HealthDay News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SHRM Exec Study: Impact of Absence
Read the compelling results of this 2014 survey conducted by SHRM and Kronos® that demonstrate how a clearly defined strategy to monitor and manage absence, with proper training and automation, can help control costs associated with absences and improve your bottom line. Click here to learn more.

  Emerging Trends 
 
  • Sightpath aims for U.S. rollout of cataract laser this year
    Sightpath Medical said it aims to debut its mobile femtosecond laser for use in cataract surgery early this year. The MoFeTM service suite, which is targeted for a national rollout throughout the year, features an intra-operative wavefront aberrometer, a femtosecond laser and a certified laser engineer. BeckersASC.com (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jelly-based delivery system delays peptide breakdown in diabetes
    Researchers at Duke University have developed a jelly-based delivery method designed to help delay the process of peptide drug breakdown in diabetes patients. The method involves an injectable fusion protein that fuses peptide drug copies with heat-sensitive polymers. The protein, which is easier and less painful to inject than microsphere-release technology, then turns into jelly inside the body and is slowly broken down by enzymes to release the peptides. Wired.co.uk (U.K.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AutisMate app helps those with autism build sentences visually
    The AutisMate iPad application designed for children with autism uses a visual language of familiar scenes to help users communicate nonverbally. Clicking on simplified icons allows such children to build a sentence, for example, and the app incorporates interactive pictures of the user's actual environment to go beyond the abstract. All Things D (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow.
Explore the whitepaper to start down the path toward SDN.

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  Pharma News 
  • Few migraine medications for adults are effective in children
    Data from 21 trials of migraine drugs for adults showed that only topiramate and trazodone significantly reduced the frequency of headaches among children and teens who experience regular migraines. Placebos alone yielded good outcomes in children, effectively reducing headaches per month from between five to six to just three, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • ONC issues reports on services that will back HIE operations
    A series of reports has been issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to make health care providers more familiar with the different high-impact services that support health information exchange. The themes covered include master data management, query-based exchange and consumer participation in HIE. Healthcare IT News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Health plans leading change
    As health plans are called upon to play a leading role in expanding coverage for millions of uninsured and to help modernize care delivery for an additional 160 million Americans with employer-sponsored coverage, how can your organization meet those needs? Learn how at Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Showcase your solutions to health plans
    Joining AHIP as an Affiliate Organization Member opens the door to connecting with health plans through ongoing communications and outstanding networking opportunities. It's a great way to learn more about the solutions health plans are seeking, and to showcase your products and services. For details, contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at BusinessDevelopment@ahip.org or 866-707-AHIP (2447) today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The AHIP Select Program
    From claims process automation to complex data analysis, AHIP Select Program Members provide a range of products and services for health plans and the health care industry as a whole. Learn more and to view the AHIP Select program members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Director of Product Management, UPDCouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
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Director of Sales & MarketingHometown HealthReno, NV
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