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July 2, 2012
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AHIP Wellness SmartBrief Special Report:
A recap of AHIP's Institute 2012
AHIP's Institute 2012 came on the cusp of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act and armed attendees with strategies for compliance and the transformation of health care. This special report takes a look back on some conference highlights in the context of the ruling that largely upheld the act.
  Modern Health Care 
  • At the Exchange Conference: Get ready!
    To be ready for the implementation of health insurance exchanges, insurers must focus on market, strategic and operational preparedness, Deloitte Consulting's Alison Hagan said at the AHIP Exchange Conference held in conjunction with AHIP's Institute 2012. That entails getting organized for strategic readiness, market assessment and selection for market preparedness, and conducting an internal evaluation for operational and technical readiness, Hagan said, adding that flexibility is essential to meeting these challenges. FierceHealthPayer (6/20), Healthcare Payer News (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panelists: Private exchanges will flourish
    Panelists at AHIP's Institute 2012 predicted that in addition to government-supported exchanges, development of private exchanges would accelerate under a ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. "I see hundreds of these exchanges developing. The floodgates will open," said Sanjay Singh, CEO of health care technology provider hCentive. Attorney Chris Condeluci anticipated that under the ACA, states would partner with private exchanges. HealthLeaders Media (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovations and Solutions 
  • Moderator: Keeping patients adherent benefits everyone
    Health plans have increasingly implemented medication therapy management solutions, according to Mirixa CEO Rick Solano, who moderated a discussion on the topic at AHIP's Institute 2012, and he said additional strategies for keeping patients adherent are being developed all the time. "With MTM, everyone wins: patients, providers, health plans," Solano said. Healthcare Payer News (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Patients embrace technology for self-management of care
    Ninety percent of American patients surveyed prefer using the Internet, e-mail and mobile devices to better manage their health and handle certain services, including making appointments and ordering prescription refills online, according to a survey by Accenture. Researchers also found that 83% of patients wanted online access to their medical records, while 85% would like to retain physician interaction. "Patients want more options, so they can make their own choices," writes Kaveh Safavi of Accenture. The findings were presented at AHIP's Institute 2012. Forbes (6/26), (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Essential innovation strategies
    Innovation is central to operating under new regulation, and speakers at AHIP's Institute 2012 offered some ideas about how to foster creative solutions. Strategies discussed include ensuring employees feel comfortable pursuing ideas, anticipating customer needs and then exceeding expectations, and fostering teamwork between people with a variety of roles and perspectives in health care. The American Journal of Managed Care online (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technology is there to improve delivery, panelists say
    Technology is ready for overhauling the delivery system, but people and institutions won't be able to utilize it without taking some risks, said panelists at AHIP's Institute 2012. Using the home as a prominent setting for health care is possible, but the process must be streamlined for doctors and patients, panelists said. FierceHealthIT (6/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Institute Highlights 
  • Industry insiders: Change is here
    The forces to change health care began aligning long before the Affordable Care Act, and that change is upon us, according to voices at AHIP's Institute 2012, including AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni and Lindsay Resnick of data analysis firm KBM Group. National Underwriter Life & Health (6/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Insurers must reach out to consumers, marketer says
    As people increasingly buy health insurance policies on an individual basis, insurers need to shift to a more consumer-oriented sales model, said Lindsay Resnick of the KBM Group. Conversely, consumers also will be reaching out to insurers, Resnick said, as they shop for policies. Insurers that are prepared to engage consumers in that dialogue stand to gain the greatest share of new customers, he said. Healthcare Payer News (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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