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November 15, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  Providers & Suppliers 
 
 Save on Rx after Brand-Generic Maxed — Download Savings Calculator
Health care payers attempting to reduce Rx spending may have exhausted their potential to switch members from brand to generic. One solution is to move members from their current brand drugs to less expensive alternative brands with equivalent therapeutic intent. Calculate potential savings here.
 

  Medical Update 
 
  • Study supports probiotics for antibiotic-related C. diff
    An analysis of 20 clinical trials showed a 66% decline in antibiotic-related Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea among patients using probiotics. Researchers from the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in Toronto said because probiotics are not expensive and do not lead to adverse effects, "there seems little reason not to encourage the use of probiotics in patients receiving antibiotics who are at appreciable risk for CDAD." Medscape (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Aflac now offers packages for brokers like you that help maximize revenue.
The shifting insurance landscape may change broker commissions. But at Aflac, it's for the better. Guaranteed-issue group products, commissions and service. It may be more than you expect, but with Aflac anything is possible. Learn more at aflac.com/brokers.

  Emerging Trends 
 
  • Weight-loss device tricks the brain into eating less
    Researchers have developed the SatiSphere, a flexible, wirelike implant designed to help people lose weight. The minimally invasive device, which features a series of balloons that sit in the duodenum, suppresses appetite by slowing the progress of food through the small intestine. The Daily Mail (London) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ikaria gets FDA OK for new software on infant drug delivery device
    The FDA has given Ikaria 510(k) clearance to update software on its Inomax DSIR device designed to deliver the firm's Inomax vasodilator agent, an FDA-approved treatment for infant hypoxic respiratory failure tied to pulmonary hypertension. The firm also gained FDA clearance for three devices used with the Inomax DSIR for noninvasive respiratory care. MassDevice.com (Boston) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
MedfusionRx Ascend is now BriovaRx™
Catamaran™ takes a hands-on approach to personalized care with new specialty pharmacy: BriovaRx™. We transcend patient care and take care of people, so every patient achieves not only successful treatment, but a healthy, vibrant life. Learn about our services for providers, payers and manufacturers at BriovaRx.com
  Health Insurance Plan Company News 
Let Them Go! Shed the Business Fears Holding You Back
If your business growth has stalled, it could be because you haven't let go of the worries holding you back. It's time to let them go and move on. Read the featured article to learn more.

  Vendor Company News 
 
  Pharma News 
  • FDA panel endorses Glaxo's avian flu vaccine
    The FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee agreed unanimously to recommend approval of GlaxoSmithKline's Q-Pan H5N1 vaccine. Data from a Phase III trial revealed vaccine seroconversion rates exceeded the threshold for immunogenicity. InternalMedicineNews.com (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Clinton launches program to boost health care for underserved
    Former President Bill Clinton has introduced the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, whose goal is to fight preventable illnesses by creating an online platform to enable patients from underserved areas to find "local, scalable" answers. "The Clinton Health Matters Initiative builds on my Foundation's work to address global health crises and the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by engaging not only with individuals but also with the systems and places that affect individual health," Clinton said. Healthcare Informatics online (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Educational tracks at Fall Forum deliver answers
    Whether you choose to focus on one educational track or mix and match sessions, you’ll leave with smart answers. Choose from educational tracks including: Consumer engagement and behavior change; Leveraging data; Technologies and Innovation; Care and payment alternatives; Compliance; New plan models and products. Round out the agenda with general sessions and networking events. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enabling Payer-Provider Collaboration: Smart, Point-of-Care Decision Support
    Join us from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET on Nov. 27 to learn how a common evidence-based clinical language and a common technology platform can help build trusted, collaborative payer-provider partnerships. Speakers will also discuss ways to improve payer-provider collaboration, from evidence-based care decisions to measuring and managing quality care performance. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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 Associate, Sponsored ProjectsAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Internal Audit DirectorUCareMinneapolis, MN
Senior Director Claims AdministrationKaiser PermanenteDenver, CO
Medical DirectorArizona Integrated Physicians Inc.Peoria, AZ
Manager Special Investigations UnitSCAN Health PlanLong Beach, CA
Sr. Director, Healthcare Quality AssuranceEvolent HealthArlington, DC
Medical DirectorVirginia Premier Health PlanRichmond, VA
Director Compliance, Medicare Part DDirector Compliance, Medicare Part DScottsdale, AZ
Chief Financial OfficerNeighborhood Health PlanBoston, MA
Vice President Member GroupLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Provider Network Management DirectorBlue Cross Blue Shiled of Georgia (WellPoint)Statewide, GA
Vice President, Clinical Care IntegrationLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Regional Director Payor ContractsAmeritoxNationwide, United States
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Vice President, Network Development and Provider RelationsLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Director - Corporate CounselDelta Dental of CaliforniaSan Francisco, CA
CounselDelta Dental of CaliforniaSan Francisco, CA
Chief Executive OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Senior Vice President, Product Innovation and DevelopmentHarvard Pilgrim Health CareWellesley, MA
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