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January 24, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Readmission trends analyzed for heart failure, MI and pneumonia
    Most 30-day readmissions for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia happened within 15 days of discharge, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Heart failure was the most frequent reason for readmission for heart failure and MI patients, while recurrent pneumonia was the most common reason for readmission of pneumonia patients. Overall, the reasons for readmission were diverse, according to researchers, who cited a "heightened vulnerability of recently hospitalized patients to a broad spectrum of conditions." (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Skin problems top reasons for visits to physicians
    Patients without acute conditions are most likely to see a doctor because of skin problems, according to a study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Nearly 43% of 142,377 patient records that researchers analyzed had an ICD-9 code for actinic keratosis, acne, sebaceous cysts or other skin conditions over a five-year period. Medscape (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ad-based EHRs save doctors money but raise practice concerns
    Advertising linked to EHRs could help small physician practices afford to implement EHR systems, but there are questions about whether advertising exerts undue influence on prescribing patterns, experts said. Patient privacy also is a concern, due to possible mining of patient information for advertising use. EHR Intelligence (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Risks for female smokers reach a new high
    Female smokers face higher mortality risk from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than they did two decades ago, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrating risk on par with that of men. The shift is likely explained by women starting smoking at younger ages. However, a second study in the same journal emphasized that although lifelong smokers lose about a decade of life compared to those who never smoked, quitting can help give years of life back to patients. "You're never too old to quit," said Dr. Michael Thun. WebMD (1/23), HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help stroke survivors, study finds
    Stroke survivors in the "late-chronic phase" who received hyperbaric oxygen therapy experienced improvements in brain activity, and some regained lost skills, researchers in Israel said. The improvements remained in evidence two years after therapy ended. The 59-patient study was published in the journal PLoS One. HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Software facilitates smoother analysis of PET/MRI scans
    NIH researchers have created software that allows for automated lesion segmentation on PET/MRI scans. The software lets clinicians detect parameters of diseased and healthy tissue, researchers reported at a radiology meeting. Tests showed the software can distinguish between lesions as accurately as manual lesion delineation. Researchers said the software can also be applied on PET/CT scans. (free registration) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • FDA widens approval for Novartis' Exjade
    Novartis received approval for its Exjade drug to treat iron overload in patients with non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia. The drug was previously approved to address the more severe form of the condition in those who need blood transfusions. HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    For a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), register for AHIP’s new ACA Compliance Online Series. Available course topics include Medicare, Exchanges, the Summary of Benefits and Coverage, and Accountable Care Organizations, with more programs planned in the near future. Earn one credit per course toward the Healthcare Compliance Professional designation. Learn moreLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    For daily updates related to AHIP’s educational opportunities—including conference news, upcoming webinars and the latest online health insurance courses—follow @AHIPEducation on Twitter. View our profile. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health systems change initiative launched
    AHIP Foundation announces the launch of the Institute for Health Systems Solutions (IHSS), an initiative designed to help advance new ideas regarding the delivery and financing of health care through credible, independent research and analysis. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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