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December 17, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Increased primary care access reduces ED visits
    A study in Health Affairs said patients who have easy access to primary care after regular office hours make fewer trips to a hospital emergency department. Ann O'Malley, M.D., at the Center for Studying Health System Change, said primary care practices need better support and more compensation for offering after-hours care. "It is hoped that future payment reform under patient-centered medical homes and bundled payments may begin to address these issues," she said. Medscape (free registration) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Overcrowded EDs linked to increased in-hospital mortality rates
    Patients admitted when emergency departments were overcrowded had a higher risk of dying than when admitted on other days, according to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Researchers found that admission when the ED was overcrowded was associated with a 5% increase in the risk of dying before discharge. Reuters (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Update 
  • Low insulin linked to depression risk in women, study finds
    Women who had the lowest rates of insulin release were more than twice as likely to develop symptoms of depression as those with higher levels, according to a study in Diabetes Care. However, fasting glucose levels were not linked to depressive symptoms in men or women, researchers said. (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • UCLA researchers unveil allergen-testing app
    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have designed a device, dubbed iTube, that enables users to detect the concentration of ingredients in food products that can cause allergic reactions. The device uses a phone's camera and a smartphone application to look for citations of allergens such as eggs, peanuts and gluten. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • Ariad gets FDA nod for leukemia drug
    Ariad Pharmaceuticals has received federal approval for its Iclusig drug to treat chronic myeloid leukemia and Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia, two rare disease types. HealthDay News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA OKs raxibacumab shots for inhalational anthrax
    The FDA awarded Human Genome Sciences approval for raxibacumab to treat inhalational anthrax. "Although antibiotics are approved to prevent and treat anthrax infection, raxibacumab is the first approved agent that acts by neutralizing the toxins produced by B. anthracis," said the FDA's Dr. Edward Cox. HealthDay News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • More evidence on value of mHealth is needed, NIH official says
    The lack of clinical studies linking the use of mobile health solutions or services to better outcomes is preventing industry acceptance of the technology, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said during the recent 2012 mHealth Summit. To prove that mHealth is enhancing patient care, Collins recommended building an EMR-based national research network that connects the scientific community to a database of real-time information. Government Health IT online (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Special year-end pricing on AHIP’s National Policy Forum
    Register for AHIP’s National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., by noon ET on Dec. 31, 2012 and take advantage of special year-end pricing. Learn from health insurance plan leaders as well as business, health policy and political speakers as they focus on the political and regulatory issues affecting our changing health care system. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Follow @AHIPEducation on Twitter for updates related to AHIP’s various educational offerings, including conference news, upcoming webinars and the latest online health insurance courses. View our profile. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Project AssociateAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Senior Provider Relations & Network Development Associate Geisinger Health Plan Bangor, ME
Chief Executive OfficerNeighborhood Health Plan of Rhode IslandProvidence, RI
Director of QI & AccreditationDenver Health & Hospital AuthorityDenver, CO
Medical DirectorArizona Integrated Physicians Inc.Peoria, AZ
Program Manager - Medicare Advantage & Part D ProductsAARP Services, IncWashington, DC
Manager Special Investigations UnitSCAN Health PlanLong Beach, CA
Program Manager, Medicare Supplemental ProductsAARP Services, IncWashington, DC
Associate General CounselBMC HealthNet PlanBoston, MA
Director of Claims AdministrationHealthSCOPE Benefits, Inc.Little Rock, AR
Chief Executive OfficerBeth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO)Boston, MA
Vice President - Exchange BusinessMVP Health CareSchenectady or Rochester, NY
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Executive Vice President of Health InsuranceWisconsin Physicians Service Health InsuranceMadison, WI
Medical DirectorHarvard Pilgrim Health CareQuincy, MA
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Analytics AdvisorConfidentialScottsdale, AZ
EID Program Manager Minnesota Management & BudgetSt. Paul, MN
Chief Executive OfficerHealth Plan of San JoaquinFrench Camp, CA
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