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March 7, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Americans eat fewer calories, but obesity persists, study finds
    Although daily energy intake dropped by 74 calories between 2003 and 2010, obesity rates in women remained at 35% from 1999 to 2010 and increased among men from 27% to 35% over the same period, CDC data show. Experts offered several possible explanations, including the possibility that people are not getting sufficient exercise. The work was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Argus Health Systems to present at Governmental Programs Summit
John Hill, Argus Health Systems will join Kay Morgan of Elsevier Gold Standard to present "Synergies between NCPDP & CMS & OPA" at the Gov. Programs Summit 3/12 at 12:15pm. The discussion will include how the unit of measure affects the Medicaid Rebate program. Learn more.
  Providers & Suppliers 
  • 22 patient safety measures backed by AHRQ
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published in a supplement in the Annals of Internal Medicine 10 strategies for improving patient safety that should be adopted immediately and an additional 12 strategies that are encouraged. Among those strongly encouraged for immediate use are preoperative and anesthesia checklists, hand hygiene, and interventions for reducing urinary catheter use. News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC finds increased EHR use among U.S. hospitals
    Data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT revealed 44.4% of acute-care hospitals in the U.S. had a basic EHR system last year, up from 12.2% in 2009. Adoption rates were highest in South Dakota, Rhode Island and Colorado, while New Hampshire, New Mexico and Kansas hospitals had the lowest rates. (3/6)
  Medical Update 
  • Diabetes cost U.S. $245 billion in 2012, report finds
    According to a report from the American Diabetes Association, the U.S. cost of diabetes grew to $245 billion in 2012 from $174 billion in 2007. Direct medical costs in 2012 were $176 billion, and medical spending for diabetes patients was more than twice as high as for those without the condition. The findings appear in Diabetes Care. HealthDay News (3/6)
  • Research links heart wall scarring to higher risk of cardiac death
    U.K. researchers examined 472 individuals with dilated cardiomyopathy using advanced MRI and found that those with scarring or fibrosis in the middle section of the heart muscle wall faced a more than fivefold greater risk of sudden cardiac death than those without such scarring. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Self-retaining surgical ratchet from Symmetry is launched
    Symmetry Medical has announced the launch of its Bookwalter Self-Retaining Rotilt Ratchet, which allows for retraction in any position and supports multiple configurations. The surgical device was unveiled at a recent perioperative nurses conference in San Diego. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AccuVein unveils new version of vein illumination device
    AccuVein has released the AV400, an updated version of its vein illumination system that can visualize the vasculature up to 10 millimeters deep. The handheld device uses a single button for activation and comes with a hands-free mode to enable guided intravenous starts and blood draws, among other features. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Insurance Plan Company News 
  Vendor Company News 
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  Policy Watch 
  • ICD-10 transition to move forward, CMS says
    CMS announced that the shift to ICD-10 codes will continue without additional delays, meaning providers must begin using the new codes by Oct. 1, 2014. "Many in the health industry are under way with the necessary system changes to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Halting this progress midstream would be costly, burdensome, and would eliminate the impending benefits of these investments," said acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. American Medical News (free content) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Protect Medicare Advantage
CMS has proposed new cuts to Medicare Advantage that will have a devastating impact on seniors. Beneficiaries will face an average $50 to $90 per month in higher costs and benefit reductions. Visit the Coalition for Medicare Choices to learn more.
  AHIP News 
  • AHIP offers IT-focused health insurance education
    With health care reform implementation, payers and providers are looking at IT as a strategic partner. The need for IT professionals with health insurance knowledge has never been greater. AHIP offers a program that educates IT professionals of all levels about health insurance. The curriculum includes two professional designations, webinars, workshops, online courses and more. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • It's here: AIS's Directory of Health Plans: 2013
    Available in print or CD, AIS’s Directory of Health Plans: 2013 allows you to make smart decisions based on solid data. Use the directory to identify market trends, gain insight into health plan models, determine which networks may best serve for your organization, develop benchmarks and more. Visit the AHIP Store to get your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The AHIP Select Program
    From claims process automation to complex data analysis, AHIP Select Program Members provide a range of products and services for health plans and the health care industry as a whole. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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