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February 6, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Research finds more heart attack, stroke deaths in winter
    The number of fatal heart attacks and strokes was significantly higher in winter than in summer, regardless of climate, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. The study assessed mortality in seven different climate regions across the U.S. including Southern California and Massachusetts, finding no statistical difference between any of the sites. Experts speculated that a number of factors could play a role including weather, seasonal infections and holidays. The Washington Post (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Doctors increasingly use, recommend mobile apps
    Doctors are using mobile health applications to access drug data at the point of care and ensure that the drugs they prescribe won't harm their patients, according to a study by Epocrates. The survey also found that more than 40% of physicians are recommending mobile apps to patients, often for patient education, healthy lifestyle tools and chronic disease management. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Majority of docs unaware of Sunshine Act requirements
    A survey from technology firm MMIS showed more than 50% of responding doctors were not aware that the Sunshine Act requires drug and medical device companies to make physician compensation data available to the public on an annual basis, and 63% expressed deep concern about the provisions. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study raises concerns about chronic disease among boomers
    Despite their longer life spans, adults born between 1946 and 1964 are at greater risk of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol than those born a generation earlier, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows. Baby boomers are also less likely to exercise and more prone to obesity, researchers wrote. The researchers warn of the high health care costs that accompany such chronic diseases, but experts say boomers can still make changes to improve their health. ABC News/Medical Unit blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vitamin C supplements may increase kidney stone risk in men
    Researchers looked at data from 23,355 men in Sweden and found that those who took high-dose vitamin C supplements were almost twice as likely to develop kidney stones as those who didn't take any nutritional supplements. The risk of kidney stones was highest among men who took vitamin C supplements at least once a day, according to the study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/4), Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Device offers portable metabolism tracking
    Researchers have developed a device, called Breezing, designed to measure oxygen and carbon dioxide levels to determine an individual's resting energy expenditure. The tool also monitors respiratory quotient to determine whether a person burns carbs, fats or both. The data is sent to a user's smartphone or mobile device, where a Breezing app tracks calories burned and weight-loss progress. CNET (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App offers offline access to nursing database
    An iPad application from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins offers offline access to Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills database. The app's offline capability enables users to access content remotely, such as in home care settings, or during disaster recovery, said Carolyn Dalton, senior digital product manager for LWW parent company Wolters Kluwer Health. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA OKs MRI device as companion Dx for iron overload drug
    Resonance Health has received the FDA's OK for its FerriScan R2-MRI system to be sold as a companion diagnostic for Novartis drug Exjade, which is used to treat iron overload in patients suffering from genetic blood disorders. The device is intended to help pinpoint which patients with nontransfusion-dependent thalassemia would best benefit from the drug. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS to test HIPAA operating rules, transactions
    CMS wants to identify issues tied to the revised HIPAA operating rules and transactions prior to enforcement. To that end, the agency has contracted with Emdeon to test the usability, business usage, interoperability and functionality of draft standards for various health care transactions, in addition to new rules that might be considered for implementation. Health Data Management (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Improving care, coverage and cost for dual eligibles
    AHIP’s new Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage, and Cost, March 12 in Washington, D.C., will address issues related to access, care integration and quality measurement for dual eligibles in sessions such as “Measuring Quality in Duals Initiatives” and “Partnerships for Improved Access.” Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Time is limited -- take advantage of key sponsorships
    Sponsoring AHIP’s 2013 National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., gives you the opportunity to showcase your products and services to hundreds of health care decision-makers. Time is nearly out for you to take advantage of the National Policy Forum’s far-reaching sponsorships. Contact AHIP's Business Development Team at BusinessDevelopment@ahip.org or 866-707-AHIP (2447) to secure yours today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deadline approaching: Disparities leadership program
    The Disparities Solutions Center is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Disparities Leadership Program (DLP). This year-long executive education program is designed for leaders from hospitals, health plans and other health care organizations who wish to implement practical strategies to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities in health care, particularly through quality improvement. Applications are due on Feb. 8. Apply today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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