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November 6, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Daily multivitamins don't cut heart risks in men
    An analysis of data from the Physicians' Health Study II involving nearly 15,000 men found that taking multivitamins regularly for about 11 years did not significantly reduce the odds of heart attack, stroke or death from heart conditions. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented at the American Heart Association meeting. The Wall Street Journal (11/5), WebMD (11/5), (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Poll examines physicians' views on health care
    A Merritt Hawkins survey revealed 45.8% of female physicians and 40.5% of male physicians were optimistic about the future of their profession, while more than 30% of both groups characterized their morale as positive. Researchers also found 24.7% of female doctors and 16.2% of male doctors believe EMRs will improve care. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research shows increased PA, NP hiring
    A HealthECareers research found job openings for physician assistants grew by 22% in the third quarter of 2012, while nurse practitioner employment increased by 35% during the same period. Another study, conducted by The Medicus Firm revealed 82.9% of health care executives expect to increase their recruitment for physician assistants and nurse practitioners. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical Update 
  • Chelation shows small benefit for cardiovascular prevention
    Post-myocardial infarction patients who received chelation had a slightly lower risk of experiencing a cardiovascular episode such as heart attack, stroke or death than the placebo group in a 1,708-person study. The difference in risks could be due to chance or chelation, study author Gervasio Lamas said. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/4), CNN (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lupus may double risk of developing preeclampsia
    Researchers assessed the pregnancies of nearly 225,000 women in British Columbia and found that those diagnosed with lupus had twice the risk of experiencing preeclampsia. No statistically significant link was found between prenatal use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and preeclampsia. The findings appear in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. HealthDay News (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • HealthTap develops platform to allow users to rate docs
    A two-part doctor rating platform has been created by HealthTap to assist consumers in making more informed decisions. The firm accepts votes from patients on their experiences with physicians on such metrics as personality and bedside conduct. The platform can also be used by physicians to rate their colleagues' knowledge of medicine. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • ADHD drugs don't put children at greater risk for heart problems
    Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who were treated with stimulant drugs did not have a greater short-term risk of experiencing a severe cardiac episode than their peers, a review found. The findings, based on data from 1.2 million Medicaid-enrolled youths, were published in the British Medical Journal. HealthDay News (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA: Decisions on some drugs delayed by Sandy
    Superstorm Sandy postponed for as much as two days regulatory timelines for prescription drugs, biosimilar drugs and medical devices with target dates around Oct. 29 and 30, the FDA said. The FDA is weighing whether a delay is guaranteed for drugs with target dates on or after Oct. 31. Reuters (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Policy Watch 
  • CMS finalizes Medicaid rates for primary care docs
    All primary care doctors in the fields of family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatric medicine who are serving Medicaid patients will be paid at a rate equivalent to what Medicare offers over the next two years, effective Jan. 1, the CMS said. The final rule also indicated that states may have the rates locked at Medicare levels at the start of 2013 and 2014, or modify them in a manner that will coincide with Medicare updates. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AHIP News 
  • Strategies for success: AHIP’s Exchange Conference
    Whether your organization is just starting discussions about Exchanges, or deep into planning, you'll benefit from the programming at AHIP’s Exchange Conference, Dec. 5 and 6 in Chicago. You’ll enjoy general sessions including “Plan Design: EHB, Actuarial Value, and Risk Management” and “Are you Ready for 2014? Considerations for Health Plans.” Get details here and register here. 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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    Becoming an AHIP Affiliate Organization Member is an ideal way to showcase products and services that can aid health plans as they focus on high-quality, affordable care for their members. Visit our website for details, and contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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