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February 21, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Choosing Wisely: Societies list more tests and meds to question
    The American Academy of Pediatrics formally recommended against prescribing antibiotics for sinusitis, bronchitis or other viral respiratory illnesses. The American Academy of Ophthalmology said antibiotics should not be prescribed for conjunctivitis, and the American Geriatrics Society said older type 2 diabetes patients should not use drugs to keep their blood glucose levels within tight limits. The recommendations are part of a broad update to the Choosing Wisely campaign to reduce unneeded medical treatments. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/21), Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alcohol use linked to cancer deaths, study finds
    Alcohol consumption is linked to 3.5% of all U.S. cancer deaths, and even low levels of consumption are associated with risk, according to research from the National Cancer Institute. Esophageal cancer is among the cancers responsible for the majority of alcohol-attributable deaths in men, while breast cancer topped the list for women. "For most alcohol users, therefore, reducing alcohol consumption would likely improve their health in many ways in addition to reducing cancer risk," the study team said. Medscape (free registration) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • How do parents choose a pediatrician?
    A survey by the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital revealed most parents still consider word-of-mouth advice when choosing a pediatrician, but online reviews are gaining prominence, with younger parents and women more likely to consider online assessments important. Insurance, a doctor's experience and the practice's location were also important factors. HealthDay News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EHR adoption lags among U.S. physicians, study finds
    One in 6 U.S. physicians are making sufficient use of electronic health record systems to attest to meaningful use, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said costs and productivity concerns play roles in low EHR adoption rates. "My guess is that more people are on the journey [to using electronic records] than have attested to it. But, there are still some physicians who haven't started using electronic health records at all," said researcher Adam Wright. HealthDay News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Study shows high prevalence, low awareness of type 2 diabetes
    According to a Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey, 1 in 8 Americans report being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, while more than one-third of respondents either had the disease themselves or had an immediate family member with diabetes. Researchers also found 35% of diabetes patients said their condition was only "somewhat" controlled, while 5% reported having poorly controlled diabetes. HealthDay News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More robotically assisted hysterectomies are performed in U.S.
    The use of robotic-assisted hysterectomy for endometriosis, bleeding or fibroids increased substantially between 2007 and 2010, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The robotic procedure was more expensive and did not appear to have better outcomes or to reduce complications, including the need for transfusion, the study found, researchers said. Reuters (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Wristwatch allows caregivers to track individuals with disabilities
    ILoc Technologies has developed a wristwatch that helps caregivers track individuals whose conditions, such as autism, cause them to wander off. The TriLoc Personal Locator Device has built-in GPS and wireless Internet and Bluetooth capabilities that communicate with mobile-device applications and computers for tracking at close range and in public places. Other features include a lockable strap and alarms to help the wearer remember tasks. eWeek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • FDA issues draft guidance on third-party device review program
    The FDA has released draft guidance on changes to its program to accredit third-party entities to review certain medical device applications. The draft guidance, based on the International Medical Device Regulators Forum's proposal to create a unified program for med-tech auditors, covers compliance with the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, including a provision regarding third-party firm accreditation. Firms must seek reaccreditation every three years. Clinica (subscription required) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Time for Affordability
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  AHIP News 
  • Education, networking and value at AHIP’s Institute 2012
    Thousands of health care professionals attend the AHIP Institute every year for unsurpassed networking opportunities and insightful general, workshop, concurrent and breakfast sessions. Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas, is the perfect conference to connect, converge and collaborate on our changing health care system. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Associate Medical Director (Part-Time)UCareMinneapolis, MN
Vice President Member GroupLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Integrated Market Medical ExecutiveKindred HealthcareLas Vegas, NV
Vice President, Provider Relations & CredentialingConfidentialWyomissing, PA
Vice President, Health Plan OperationsSatellite Health Plan, Inc.San Jose, CA
Manager, Payor RelationsThe joint CommissionOakbrook Terrace, IL
Government Relations and Compliance OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.Metarie, LA
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative Inc. (LAHC)Metarie, LA
CAQH Managing Director, Finance and AdministrationCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Director of Product Management, UPDCouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
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