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January 11, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Reducing C-sections may lead to $5B in savings, report finds
    The average cost of birth via cesarean section is 50% higher than the cost of natural delivery, according to a new report, and 33% of U.S. babies are born via C-section. Reducing the rates of C-sections to meet World Health Organization recommendations could save $5 billion in the cost of maternity care, researchers said. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Report: Hospital observation units could reduce HF admissions
    Observation units or two-level emergency department patient evaluations could help hospitals reduce admissions of heart failure patients from the ED, according to physicians writing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The authors said up to half of heart failure patients could be safely discharged from the ED after a brief observation period. One physician commented in an accompanying editorial that observations are exempt from Medicare penalties for high 30-day readmission rates. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Weight-loss counseling rates decline in the U.S.
    The likelihood of receiving weight-loss counseling during primary care visits decreased by 41% among Americans in 2007-2008, compared with 1995-1996, despite rising obesity rates, a study in Medical Care indicated. Researchers also found the odds of weight-loss counseling dropped 46% for patients with hypertension and 59% for those with diabetes. HealthDay News (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research examines consumers' views on the cost of health care
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation research shows many Americans don't understand why health care costs are increasing nor how the trend affects them on a daily basis. Researchers also found many study participants said they wanted a better understanding of the costs associated with tests and procedures before agreeing to them. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Philips debuts device to help seniors when they fall
    Philips has introduced a device, worn on the neck, that can be used to alert emergency responders in case of falls and trips among elderly patients. The device, called the Lifeline GoSafe, comes with built-in cellular connectivity that can be activated at the push of a button and integrated sensors that can call for emergency aid automatically during a fall. MedGadget.com (1/8), Computeractive (U.K.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • New packaging, labeling might improve Rx adherence
    Blister packaging labeled with the days of the week, pill bottle caps that send alerts and sound alarms when they are not opened on time, and clearer patient instructions are among the methods intended to increase prescription adherence. Patients who don't take their medications as prescribed are at higher risk for complications and expensive hospitalizations, and CMS reimbursement to health plans depends in part on refill rates for cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes drugs. The Wall Street Journal (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • FDA demands dosage cuts for some sleep meds
    The FDA is ordering makers of brand-name and generic sedative-hypnotic drugs, or insomnia treatments with active ingredient zolpidem, to reduce dosages for women. Studies find that high levels of the drugs remain in the bloodstream, which can raise the risk of car accidents by affecting coordination and alertness. Dosages for regular products should be lowered from 10 milligrams to 5 milligrams, while dosages for extended-release formulations should be reduced from 12.5 milligrams to 6.25 milligrams. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (1/10), The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • ICD-10 and 5010 Mandate—A Technology View
    AHIP offers a mobile-friendly course that provides a basic understanding of ICD-10 code sets, ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversions, and coding diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures. The first of several courses focused on providing IT professionals with health care knowledge, this course leads the student toward earning the new Information Technology Professional (ITP) designation. For details, visit our Web site. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Need Your DM Program to Succeed? Turn to DM Direct
    AHIP’s DM Direct program is comprised of AHIP member companies—the industry’s leading disease management suppliers—and offers guidance to companies interested in purchasing the products and services that will help advance their DM programs. DM Direct companies, such as Health Management Corporation (HMC), help people take control of their health by utilizing the most innovative, user-friendly and cost efficient programs and products in the industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Secure your AHIP 2013 conference sponsorships
    Sponsorship opportunities are available for AHIP 2013 conferences such as the National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., and Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Reach hundreds of health care decision-makers who attend AHIP conferences to learn and network. Contact AHIP’s Business Development Team at BusinessDevelopment@ahip.org or 866-707-AHIP (2447) for details.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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