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December 26, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • U.S. will be short 100K docs in 2020, report projects
    The U.S. is projected to be short 100,000 primary care physicians in 2020 as more new physicians turn to specialty care, according to the Medical Group Management Association. Medical students should be sent to rural communities where primary care access is particularly limited, an official at the Texas Academy of Family Physicians suggested. United Press International (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Deadline approaches to report EHR meaningful use
    The deadline for Medicare EHR meaningful use reporting and attestation this year is Dec. 31. The CMS website describes the process for reporting and attesting to EHR meaningful use and lists state attestation deadlines for doctors and other eligible professionals participating in the Medicaid MU program. AHA News Now (12/19), (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Surgical mistakes remain common, study finds
    At least 4,000 surgical errors known as "never events" -- things that should never happen -- occur in the U.S. annually, Johns Hopkins University researchers reported in the journal Surgery. Foreign objects are left inside patients about 39 times a week, while the wrong procedure is conducted or the wrong body part is operated on about 20 times per week, researchers estimated. Medical News Today (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links hepatitis C viral response to improved survival
    Patients with hepatitis C and advanced liver fibrosis who achieved sustained viral response for six months after treatment had a nearly four times lower risk of death from all causes than those whose viral load was not suppressed for at least six months. The rate of liver transplantation and liver failure was also significantly lower among those who had sustained viral response than those without it. The study, which involved 530 patients, appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • PokitDok app lets potential patients name their price
    The PokitDok app allows consumers to search for value among health care providers as travelers might use Priceline: by naming their price. More than a million health care providers participate in the program, which responds to Web-based or mobile requests for a price quote indicating a consumer's budget, payment method and needs, as well as practitioner preference. Doctors have an incentive to join the system to connect with patients paying out of pocket or through a health savings account or flexible spending account, says PokitDok CEO Lisa Maki. GigaOm (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • FDA clears Alexza's Adasuve for agitation
    The FDA approved Alexza Pharmaceuticals' Adasuve Inhalation Powder as an acute treatment for adults with agitation linked to schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Adasuve uses the company's Staccato system to deliver the antipsychotic loxapine to the lungs as an aerosol. Alexza plans to launch the drug in the third quarter. RTT News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • ONC works to boost health information exchange
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is working to accelerate health information exchange with a variety of initiatives, including a funding opportunity meant to establish a cooperative agreement with groups that already oversee health information exchange efforts. The idea is to promote solutions to HIE barriers and work toward including those solutions in national policy. Government Health IT online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • There’s still time to save on various 2013 AHIP conferences
    Take advantage of special year-end pricing on AHIP conferences, including the National Policy Forum, Institute 2013, Medicare/Medicaid Conferences and Fall Forum. You'll learn from world-class business, health care and political speakers, and have the opportunity to network with health care professionals from throughout the country. Register by 12 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 to save. See more details and register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Improve your ACA knowledge with new online courses
    Learn about a variety of Affordable Care Act (ACA) topics with AHIP’s online course series. Available courses cover Medicare, Exchanges, the Summary of Benefits and Coverage, and Accountable Care Organizations, with more programs planned in the near future. For details, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health insurance tax to hit all 50 states
    A new state-by-state analysis by Oliver Wyman examines the impact of the $100 billion health insurance tax on all 50 states. AHIP’s new infographic details the impact of the tax. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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