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March 6, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • CDC warns of deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria
    CDC data show that in the first half of 2012, 4% of U.S. hospitals and 18% of nursing homes had at least one case of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, a deadly bacteria resistant to even the strongest antibiotics. The CDC urged facilities to stop the spread of the bacteria by enforcing infection-control policies, grouping CRE patients together, alerting hospitals when these patients are transferred and using antibiotics judiciously. HealthDay News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Argus Health Systems to present at Governmental Programs Summit
John Hill, Argus Health Systems is speaking on the "Synergies between NCPDP & CMS & OPA" at the Gov. Programs Summit in Baltimore. Mr. Hill will be joined by Kay Morgan of Elsevier Gold Standard. The duo will speak on Tues, March 12th at 12:15 pm. Learn more.
  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Research ties public reporting to quality improvement
    A study in Health Affairs revealed doctor groups that reported their quality data publicly were compelled to improve performance. The research evaluated 20 physician groups participating in the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, finding overall improvement on reported metrics and better performance on certain publicly reported testing metrics than comparison groups. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Study shows c-section deliveries vary widely across U.S. hospitals
    A study in the journal Health Affairs found a wide range in the rates of cesarean deliveries in 593 U.S. hospitals, from 7.1% of births to 69.9%. For lower-risk pregnancies, the rates varied from 2.4% to 36.5%. "Vast differences in practice patterns" are a likely factor in the variation, because hospital type, size and location did not explain the differences, a researcher said. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Aesculap's device to treat hydrocephalus is available
    The Miethke proSA shunt valve, designed to treat hydrocephalus, has been launched by Aesculap. The device can be used to control cerebrospinal fluid flow based on whether the patient is in a vertical or horizontal position, and doctors can either use the predetermined flow rates or adjust them with a compatible valve. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • Report: Generics lower spending on drugs for common conditions
    Spending on drugs to treat common chronic conditions such as high cholesterol and hypertension dropped last year for the first time since record keeping began due to higher utilization of generic drugs, according to new research. Overall spending on prescription drugs rose 2.7%, driven by an 18.4% increase in spending on treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and hepatitis C and other specialty drugs, the study found. Reuters (3/5), Bloomberg (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  AHIP News 
  • Innovations in Medicaid managed care report released
    You’ll be inspired when you read about programs from 16 health plans that are improving the health and well-being of Medicaid beneficiaries throughout the country. Programs focused on working with community partners, addressing obesity and caring for people with complex needs are boosting health care quality and outcomes and helping beneficiaries live healthier lives. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Examine policy and legal implications of ACOs
    ACOs and other integrated care models are raising numerous policy and legal issues. Join us for a unique event, AHIP's ACO Summit, May 15, 2013, in Washington, D.C., where industry experts, thought leaders, leading academics and policymakers will examine policy and legal implications of hospital and physician integration into the marketplace. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP infographic and plans’ best immunization practices
    AHIP’s infographic complements its Immunization Innovations, an online resource featuring leading immunization programs aimed at increasing immunization rates for children, adolescents and adults. Complete with video and audio announcements and links to educational tools, Immunization Innovations highlights promising models that health plans around the country are using to improve the health of their members and communities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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
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