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January 25, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • CDC: New norovirus strain spreads in U.S.
    A new norovirus strain, first detected in Australia last March, is spreading across the U.S., causing 141 of the 266 norovirus outbreaks reported from September through December, CDC officials said. They also reported a rise in outbreaks of sickness caused by the consumption of raw milk. The findings appear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. USA Today (1/24), WebMD (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Type 2 diabetes, kidney disease appear to raise mortality risk
    Kidney disease appears to contribute to mortality in diabetes patients, according to new research. Patients who have kidney disease and type 2 diabetes face a higher mortality risk than those who do not have either condition and those who have diabetes alone, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Data on 15,046 participants revealed patients with both type 2 diabetes and kidney disease had a 10-year mortality rate of 31.1%, compared with 11.5% in the diabetes-only group and 7.7% among those who did not have either condition. Healio/Endocrine Today (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Providers & Suppliers 
  • White paper links primary care EHR success to 6 practice areas
    A white paper by the nonprofit consulting company Qualis Health analyzed the experiences of almost 700 primary care practices and found the successful adoption of electronic health records hinges on how well they are integrated into six practice areas. The report shows common errors that practices make when implementing EHRs and says leaders at the highest organizational levels are responsible for setting goals for EHR implementation. AAFP News Now (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Update 
  • Poll looks at overweight, obesity rates for Americans
    About 26% of Americans are obese and more than 36% are considered overweight as measured by BMI, a Gallup poll indicates, despite recent evidence that people are exercising more and increasingly cite obesity as a serious health concern. The findings are based on a survey that asked 350,000 people for their heights and weights. Income, age and ethnicity played a role in obesity rates, researchers said. WJZ-TV (Baltimore)/The Associated Press (1/24), (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prolonged sitting linked to higher death risk in colon cancer patients
    Patients with colorectal cancer who spent six hours or longer per day seated during leisure time had a 36% greater risk of death compared with those who sat for less than three hours, researchers at the American Cancer Society found. The study also found that patients who exercised the most were 28% less likely to die than those who were less active. "I think this applies to more than colon cancer, because what they are describing is all-cause mortality not just mortality from colon cancer," said gasteroenterologist Dr. David Bernstein. "They are reinforcing that exercise and physical activity is associated with a lower risk of dying and it's better for you than just sitting there doing nothing." HealthDay News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • ACO uses telehealth services to enhance patient care
    Clermont, Fla.-based accountable care organization Primary Partners is working with AMC Health to enhance the telemonitoring of Medicare patients with medical conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure and hypertension. The ACO plans to use AMC Health's remote care and home telehealth services to lessen patient admissions and readmissions as well as prevent complications. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Welch Allyn's iPhone-based eye testing tool gets FDA OK
    Welch Allyn has secured 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market a device that links an ophthalmoscope, which is used to spot glaucoma and other eye conditions, with an iPhone. The iExaminer Adapter comes with a companion iPhone application to enable the sharing and printing of images. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharma News 
  • FDA considers reclassification of hydrocodone-containing drugs
    An FDA panel was set to this week to consider reclassifying hydrocodone-containing products from Schedule III to Schedule II drugs. "Even if we change hydrocodone-containing products from Schedule III to Schedule II, it in no way jeopardizes access. What this means is that patients who might be able to go to their doctor every six months would now have to see their doctor every three months [to get a prescription]," said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. HealthDay News (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • House bill would subject kidney drugs to price controls
    Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., introduced a bill that would subject a class of kidney drugs to Medicare price controls. The deal approved to avert the "fiscal cliff" included language sought by a drugmaker delaying price controls by two years, which critics say would cost Medicare close to $500 million. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Health Systems Change Initiative Launched
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  • Connect with health plans in 2013
    Becoming an AHIP Affiliate Organization Member connects you with health plans through ongoing communication and networking opportunities. To start showcasing your solutions to health plans, contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at or 866-707-AHIP (2447) today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Medical DirectorBluegrass Family Health, Inc.Lexington, KY
Sales ManagerRxAllyLeesburg, VA
Government Relations and Compliance OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.Metarie, LA
Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerLouisiana Health Cooperative Inc. (LAHC)Metarie, LA
Director Organizational Determinations and Appeals and GrievancesJackson Health SystemMiami, FL
CEO CarePoint Health PlanCarePoint Health PlanBayonne, NJ
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
CAQH Managing Director, Finance and AdministrationCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Chief Executive OfficerNevada Health Information ExchangeCarson City, NV
Vice President, Medical Affairs and Senior Medical DirectorConfidential Not-for-Profit Health PlanNationwide, United States
Director of Sales & MarketingHometown HealthReno, NV
Product Development Specialist Geisinger Health Plan Danville, PA
Asst Director, Medicare Prod. Analytics/Rev. Mgmt CambiaPortland, OR
Marketing/Communications Data Analyst America's Health Insurance PlansWashington, DC
Media Relations Coordinator America's Health Insurance PlansWashington, DC
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