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November 28, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Preeclampsia linked to cardiac death risk in women
    Women who developed preeclampsia in their first pregnancy had a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease later than those who did not have the condition, according to a study in BMJ. Single-child mothers who experienced preeclampsia also were at significantly higher risk than mothers of multiple children who developed the condition during their first pregnancy, researchers said. HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • More U.S. adults turn to retail clinics
    Retail clinics have gained popularity among consumers, according to a study by Kalorama Information. Researchers surveyed 2,000 American adults and found that 21.3% have visited a retail clinic, up from less than 10% six years ago. Chain Drug Review (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Argus Health Systems launches next generation pharmacy claims processing solution, RxNova™.
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  Medical Update 
  • CDC data show state rates for COPD vary
    CDC data showed rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease varied regionally, affecting less than 4% of people in Washington state and Minnesota but more than 9% in Alabama and Kentucky. The survey showed 62.5% of patients said COPD harmed their quality of life, and 50.9% reported taking at least one daily medication for the condition. United Press International (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BIMA graft boosts survival in cardiac surgery patients with diabetes
    Bilateral internal mammary artery bypass graft was associated with longer survival compared with single internal mammary artery graft in diabetes patients who underwent cardiac surgery, according to an analysis in the journal Circulation. Researchers said patients with BIMA grafting had a median survival of more than three years longer than those with SIMA grafting. Medscape (free registration) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Emerging Trends 
  • Provider network unveils tool for nursing facilities
    A tool has been developed by the Keystone Beacon Community in Pennsylvania to support patient data-sharing between skilled nursing facilities. The platform can be used to extract and reformat information from patient records into a Continuity of Care document type that can be electronically sent to care providers through a health information exchange. Health Data Management (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Philips launches iPatient platform for CT, PET/CT systems
    Royal Philips Electronics will introduce 15 products and features at a radiology meeting this week. The products are part of its Imaging 2.0 initiative. Included in the lineup is iPatient, an advanced platform for CT and PET/CT scanners. IPatient includes a SyncRight feature that allows for the delivery of the right contrast dose and generation of consistent image quality to improve interaction between the injector and the CT system. Health Tech Zone (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Insurance Plan Company News 
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  Pharma News 
  • Wockhardt gets 3 generic-drug approvals from FDA
    The FDA has granted Wockhardt approval for its generic version of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi's anticoagulant Plavix. The company has also received approvals for its generic copies of GlaxoSmithKline's antidepressant drug Wellbutrin SR and Novartis' Parkinson's disease drug Stalevo. Drug Store News (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Policy Watch 
  • Agency sets comment period for stage 3 MU measures
    Comments on the CMS draft recommendations for stage 3 meaningful use objectives for the EHR incentive program may be submitted until Jan. 14, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Health care groups and providers may give input on objectives for meaningful use, quality metrics and privacy and security measures. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. considers bill to allow NPs to prescribe on their own
    New Jersey Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, has introduced a bill that would give advanced practice nurses the power to prescribe drugs independently, eliminating the need for a formal agreement with a consulting physician. Supporters said the bill would help address the shortage of primary care providers in the state, which is expected to get worse once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented. (New Jersey) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Moving forward with Exchanges. Are you ready?
    Learn more about successfully participating in Exchanges at AHIP’s Exchange Conference, Dec. 5 and 6 in Chicago, in sessions such as “Federal Update on Exchanges” and “Are you Ready for 2014? Considerations for Health Plans.” Register todayLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. health care spending 101 iPad App
    AHIP has released a new iPad app that consolidates 50 years of data from the Congressional Budget Office, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Management and Budget into a series of simple, interactive charts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Project AssociateAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Pharmacy Customer Service ManagerHealthPartnersBloomington, MN
Sr Data AnalystCVS CaremarkNorthbrook, IL
Associate DirectorCouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
Chief Executive OfficerBeth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO)Boston, MA
Medical DirectorHarvard Pilgrim Health CareQuincy, MA
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Internal Audit DirectorUCareMinneapolis, MN
Senior Director Claims AdministrationKaiser PermanenteDenver, CO
Executive Vice President of Health InsuranceWisconsin Physicians Service Health InsuranceMadison, WI
Sr. Director, Healthcare Quality AssuranceEvolent HealthArlington, DC
Medical DirectorArizona Integrated Physicians Inc.Peoria, AZ
Director Compliance, Medicare Part DDirector Compliance, Medicare Part DScottsdale, AZ
Provider Network Management DirectorBlue Cross Blue Shiled of Georgia (WellPoint)Statewide, GA
Chief Financial OfficerNeighborhood Health PlanBoston, MA
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