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January 4, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Large share of ED visits made by adults with disabilities
    Nearly 40% of emergency department visits in the U.S. involved working-age adults with disabilities, NIH researchers reported in the journal Health Services Research. An analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that the severity of a disability's limitations correlated with greater use of emergency departments as did lack of access to primary care. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Expert calls for balancing patients and computers
    The focus on electronic health records means that computers are showing up in more and more medical exam rooms. Clinicians should make sure that entering information does not detract from connecting with patients, cautions Dr. Kenneth Bertka. If possible, clinicians should sit facing patients even while at the computer. Bertka also recommends that practices be specific about who is responsible for data entry. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Women who walk more have lower stroke risk, study finds
    A European study in the journal Stroke revealed women who walked at least three hours weekly were less likely to suffer stroke than those who walked less, or those who did not walk at all. "The message for the general population remains similar: regularly engaging in moderate recreational activity is good for your health," said lead author Jose Maria Huerta from Spain. Yahoo/Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vitiligo may lower skin cancer risk, study finds
    Patients with vitiligo had a threefold lower risk of developing melanoma or nonmelanoma skin cancer, according to a study of 1,307 patients with the skin condition and their partners. The findings appeared in the British Journal of Dermatology. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Digital health firms develop products to boost drug compliance
    Digital health companies, some of which are in talks with drugmakers, are developing products aimed at improving patient adherence, including smart pill boxes and even bottles that remind patients to take their medications. Another company developed an FDA-approved smart pill, a sensor that can be implanted in a drug and ingested, transmitting a signal to record the time a drug was taken. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Agency asks for feedback on ICD-10 testing program
    The CMS is developing an ICD-10 testing program and is asking for provider feedback via listening sessions. The Healthcare Billing and Management Association was tasked with defining the key concepts for ICD-10 preparedness and compliance. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • ICD-10 and 5010 mandate - A technology view
    AHIP offers a mobile-friendly course that provides a basic understanding of ICD-10 code sets, ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversions, and coding diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures. The first of several courses focused on providing IT professionals with health care knowledge, this course leads the student toward earning the new Information Technology Professional (ITP) designation. For details, visit our Web site. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HSA Direct - Helping health plans launch their HSA product
    PayFlex, a member of AHIP’s HSA Direct program, provides a smart and simple way to manage healthcare savings accounts through HealthHub, a dynamic new resource created to provide employees with a set of tools that engages them in managing their health care, educates them on important health issues, and empowers them to strive for mental, physical and financial wellness. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP’s immunization compendia highlights health plan strategies
    Immunization Innovations is AHIP’s online compendia of pioneering programs and leading best practices for measuring and improving immunization rates. Complete with outreach tools, educational resources and marketing materials, AHIP’s “Immunization Innovations” and infographic highlights promising models that health plans around the country have used to improve immunization rates in all populations. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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