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February 22, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • CDC calls for better tools to protect against influenza
    Data on 2,697 children and adults showed this year's flu vaccine has been effective in 56% of people who were vaccinated. The vaccine provided better protection against influenza B, and better protection against influenza A among younger people compared with older people. Just 9% of those 65 and older who were vaccinated were protected against influenza A. The findings in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlight the need for a better and longer-lasting vaccine against flu, CDC officials said. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The New You Starts Here.
Designed for busy healthcare professionals, FIU's online Healthcare MBA is transformative. Graduates emerge ready for a leadership role in healthcare, with a clear vision of how to lead collaboratively and advance the business of healthcare. Classes begin Fall 2015. Start here.

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  • Rapid ACO growth could change the face of health care
    There were 428 commercial and Medicare accountable care organizations across 49 states as of January, according to this report, and physician groups now outpace hospitals as the main supporter behind the organizations. Analyst David Muhlestein of Leavitt Partners predicts that if ACOs see success in the coming years, the framework could become the primary care model in the U.S. Health Affairs Blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Medical Update 
 
  • E-prescribing curbs drug errors, but adoption remains modest
    Electronic prescribing helped prevent 17.4 million drug mistakes in one year, and wider adoption of the practice could eliminate more than 50 million errors annually, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. However, e-prescribing adoption remains modest despite its apparent efficacy, researchers said. HealthDay News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Surgery does not lower medical costs for obese patients
    Weight-loss surgery patients had the same or slightly higher health care costs over six years as obese people with health problems who did not undergo the procedure, suggesting that such operations do not help patients gain long-term cost savings, according to a study in JAMA Surgery. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  Emerging Trends 
 
  • Sanitas' outpatient management system gets FDA OK
    The FDA has approved Sanitas' Wellaho mobile technology platform as a Class II medical device for patients with chronic diseases. The personalized outpatient management device is designed to help chronically ill patients keep track of their conditions, as well as enable doctors to monitor them and oversee their treatment between office visits. San Diego Business Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fitness application to be unveiled by Reebok
    Reebok announced plans to launch the Reebok Fitness App next week. The mobile health application, which will integrate several workout disciplines such as running and walking, will help users boost their overall health by allowing them to customize fitness routines and create different workouts. MobiHealthNews.com (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How episodes of care help cut costs and improve quality.
Health care costs are unsustainably high and health outcomes are suboptimal. To curb these trends, the incentive and movement toward value-based care is gaining momentum. This paper describes the advanced analytics that can assist health care organizations balance cost reduction and quality improvement through analysis of episodes of care.

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  Pharma News 
  • Steroid exposure raises risks for patients with Cushing's disease
    Longer-term steroid exposure was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death in patients with Cushing's disease. "The findings demonstrate just how critical it is for Cushing's disease to be diagnosed and treated quickly. Patients also need long-term follow-up care to help them achieve good outcomes," said researcher Dr. Eliza Geer. The results were published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Healio/Endocrine Today (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
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  • The Health Insurance Tax
    The health reform law includes a $100 billion health insurance tax that CBO says will increase premiums for consumers. Learn more about the tax. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HSA Direct -- Helping health plans launch their HSA product
    For health insurance plans looking for an administrator/custodian to work with as they launch HSA products, HSA Direct can help. For example, UMB Healthcare Services, an HSA Direct member, delivers HSA custodial services and white-label multipurpose debit cards to insurance carriers, third-party administrators, software companies and financial institutions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sponsorship opportunities available for AHIP's Institute 2013
    Sponsoring AHIP’s Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas, will provide you with numerous opportunities for face-to-face interaction with hundreds of health care decision makers who attend to learn and network. Contact AHIP’s Business Development Team at BusinessDevelpment@ahip.org or 866-707-AHIP (2447) to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Senior Director, Product Innovation and Development Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst CampusCleveland, OH
Medicare Product ManagerRegence Portland, OR
Associate Medical Director (Part-Time)UCareMinneapolis, MN
Vice President Member GroupLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Manager, Payor RelationsThe joint CommissionOakbrook Terrace, IL
Government Relations and Compliance OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.Metarie, LA
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative Inc. (LAHC)Metarie, LA
Integrated Market Medical ExecutiveKindred HealthcareLas Vegas, NV
Vice President, Provider Relations & CredentialingConfidentialWyomissing, PA
Vice President, Health Plan OperationsSatellite Health Plan, Inc.San Jose, CA
CAQH Managing Director, Finance and AdministrationCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Director of Product Management, UPDCouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
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