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January 22, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • USPSTF: Docs should screen women of childbearing age for domestic violence
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has called on primary care physicians to screen all women of childbearing age for indications of domestic violence and make treatment referrals if needed. Screening can identify domestic violence in 62% to 96% of cases, and data show women who are screened are more apt to discuss the issue with their doctors. The recommendations appear in the Annals of Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligible Demonstration is here! CMS and States will be integrating healthcare delivery and payment coordination for individuals qualifying for both Medicare and Medicaid. HEALTHsuite® from RAM Technologies provides unmatched capabilities for the administration of benefits and coordination of payment for these Dual Eligible beneficiaries. (For info Click Here).
  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Medical education model may reduce physician shortage
    The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program has provided valuable training for electronic health record utilization, team-based care and quality improvement, researchers report in Academic Medicine. The program provides up to $230 million over five years to train more medical residents in community-based centers to help curb physician shortages in underserved communities. American Medical News (free content) (1/21)
  • AMA offers support to forward-thinking medical schools
    Medical schools that develop innovative programs addressing topics such as patient safety and team-based care may receive a share of $10 million in competitive grants from the American Medical Association. "Rapid changes in healthcare require a transformation in the way we train future physicians," said AMA president Dr. Jeremy Lazarus. Institutions have until Feb. 15 to submit a letter of intent. Modern Physician (free registration) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Are you ready for machine learning?
With the advent of big data, the amount of data and our ability to process it has increased exponentially. It's an environment perfectly suited for machine learning. So how can you make it part of your analytic infrastructure? This e-book highlights the capabilities of machine learning, and best practices you can implement to take full advantage of it. Download Here.
  Medical Update 
  • Experts see uptick in ADHD diagnosis among U.S. children
    A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found diagnoses of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among children increased 24% between 2001 and 2010. According to the data, 5.6% of white children were diagnosed with ADHD, compared with 4.1% of black children, 2.5% of Hispanic children and 1.2% of of Asian/Pacific Islander children. Boys had triple the risk of ADHD compared with girls, researchers said. HealthDay News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gastric banding may offer long-term obesity solution
    Patients who underwent gastric banding lost weight and were able to keep the pounds off for up to 15 years, suggesting that the procedure may offer a long-term solution to obesity, according to a study in the Annals of Surgery. However, one researcher noted that patient compliance and careful follow-up care are critical to success. WebMD (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • BD Medical gains FDA approval for drug transfer device
    The FDA has granted BD Medical approval for a device used to make it safe to handle hazardous medications by securing them in a pressure-controlled and sealed system. The technology, called BD PhaSeal Closed System Transfer Device, has demonstrated leakproof and airtight performance in 19 peer-reviewed studies. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • First skin patch for migraine gets FDA nod
    NuPathe has received federal approval for its Zecuity skin patch to treat migraine and accompanying nausea. "I've had some patients where the nausea and vomiting was so bad they couldn't even swallow a pill," said nurse practitioner Nancy Waltman. HealthDay News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Patient education may curb excessive use of antibiotics
    The rate of antibiotic use to treat uncomplicated acute bronchitis among teens and adults decreased from 80% to 68% in clinics that provided printed materials on the condition, and from 74% to 61% at practices that provided a computer alert to nurses, a study of 33 primary care practices found. The results suggest that patient education may help prevent antibiotic overuse, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
Time for Affordability
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will help millions of people get coverage for the first time, but the new health insurance tax, costly benefit requirements, and age rating restrictions will drive up the cost of coverage for millions of consumers and employers. Check out to learn more about the factors driving health insurance premiums.
  AHIP News 
  • Stay ahead of the curve
    Mark your calendar for March 13 and 14 for AHIP’s 2013 National Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. Senior Administration officials, health plan leaders, key Members of Congress and their staff, along with recognized experts from across the health care spectrum will share their insights on policy developments and trends affecting our nation’s health care system. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Improve prospective claims analysis
    Join us from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 29 to learn about the opportunities to apply predictive modeling to prospectively improve claims payment processes before any errors arise, thereby creating tremendous value for both health payers and providers. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HSA Direct—Showcasing AHIP's financial institution members
    With the exponential popularity and growth of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), more and more health insurance plans are launching HSAs in their marketplaces. HSA Direct allows health insurance plans to easily and quickly access information about AHIP financial institution members. OptumHealth Bank, Member FDIC, an HSA Direct member, administers health savings accounts (HSAs) for over 800,000 individuals and families covered by employer-sponsored or individually purchased health plans. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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