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February 4, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Flu particularly dangerous for seniors this year, CDC data show
    Although influenza is beginning to taper nationwide, the outbreak remains serious and seniors are at particular risk, CDC epidemiologist Michael Jhung reported Friday. Jhung said the rate of deaths associated with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 116 per 100,000 cases among patients older than 65. "We've still got several weeks of the season yet, so it's going to be much worse," Jhung said. USA Today (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Providers & Suppliers 
 
  • Group releases new stroke care guidelines
    Stroke patients should be given anticlotting drugs and other necessary treatments within one hour of arriving in the emergency department to reduce brain damage and hasten recovery, according to new guidelines developed by the American Stroke Association. To maximize its effectiveness, the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator should be given within four and a half hours after the onset of symptoms, the group said. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Stroke. HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  Medical Update 
 
  • Avoiding meat is better for the heart, research indicates
    Vegetarians were 32% less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease than those who eat meat or fish, according to a U.K. study to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Aside from having reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels, vegetarians had lower body mass indices and were less likely to suffer from diabetes than nonvegetarians, researchers said. Nurse.com (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review questions psychological, dietary ADHD therapies
    A review of 54 studies in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed little evidence that nonpharmacological treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, such as psychological or dietary interventions, can reduce symptoms. Parents should not be discouraged because the findings only "demonstrate that what we once thought worked is more limited and more questionable," study co-author Dr. Emily Simonoff said. WebMD/HealthDay News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How episodes of care help cut costs and improve quality.
Health care costs are unsustainably high and health outcomes are suboptimal. To curb these trends, the incentive and movement toward value-based care is gaining momentum. This paper describes the advanced analytics that can assist health care organizations balance cost reduction and quality improvement through analysis of episodes of care.

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Top five news stories selected by AHIP Solutions SmartBrief readers in the past week.

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  Pharma News 
  • Report maps psychiatric drug use in the U.S.
    Use of antipsychotics, antidepressants and stimulants is 40% greater in parts of the southern U.S. than in other regions, researchers wrote in the journal Health & Place, while patients living in the western U.S. are least likely to take psychiatric medications. "Our work suggests that access to clinical care and pharmaceutical marketing may be critical for understanding who gets treated and how they get treated," said Marissa King of Yale University. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Agency releases final Sunshine Act rule
    CMS on Friday released the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requiring drug and device companies to gather information on gifts, payments and other value transfers provided to doctors and teaching hospitals starting Aug. 1. The rule also requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report ownership and investment interests by physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • AHIP’s Exchange Conference addresses operational needs and questions
    With less than a year before Exchanges go live and open enrollment beginning this fall, your need for information is greater than ever. Sessions at AHIP’s Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., will address SHOP Exchanges, the employer perspective, network adequacy and care continuity, and more. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Institute 2013: Payment/Delivery Reform, IT, Quality Care
    From the torrid pace of change taking place with innovative payment and delivery system reforms, to the leveraging of information technology at all levels of care, and public and private purchasers demanding greater value for health spending, AHIP’s Institute 2013, June 12 to 14, will help you navigate these uncharted paths. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The AHIP Select Program
    Laying the groundwork to implement health care reform at your organization involves finding and working with organizations that can support your efforts. From complex data analysis to information technology solutions, AHIP Select Program Members specialize in providing products and services for the health care industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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