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January 29, 2013America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Prevalence of smoking varies across U.S., CDC finds
    A CDC report found that Utah had the lowest number of smokers, while Kentucky had the highest. Although states have funds to promote a smoke-free environment, all states failed to spend the total amount of dollars the CDC recommends for anti-smoking programs, the agency said. Twenty-four states were reported to have inadequate smoke-free laws, while six states had no laws that prevent secondhand smoke exposure. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Comprehensive Drug Resource Helps You Save on Rx Cost: Try Savings Calculator
Accessing all (both brand and generic) therapeutic drug alternatives provides the savings payers need, and improves member health. Learn more about how you can spend less on Rx benefits with MEDalternatives. Try cost savings calculator now.
 

  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Nearly half of hospital physicians are overworked, study finds
    Four in 10 U.S. hospital-based physicians reported being overworked, while 1 in 5 said schedule issues may impact patient safety, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found 20% of responding doctors said catering to too many patients may increase the risk of medical errors, unnecessary lab tests or delayed diagnoses, and 36% said such issues occur more than once a week. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

  Medical Update 
 
  • CDC, pediatrics group issue new vaccine guidelines
    In response to a spike in the number of pertussis cases last year, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended that pregnant women get a booster shot of TDaP vaccine during each pregnancy. The updated immunization guidelines published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and the journal Pediatrics also suggested that mild allergic reactions to eggs should no longer be a barrier to influenza vaccination. HealthDay News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BP, cholesterol control may curb admissions in diabetes
    Data on 26,636 type 2 diabetes patients showed those with poor control over A1C, systolic blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, as well as those with only good A1C control, had the highest rate of cardiovascular disease-related hospitalizations after 5.6 years. The lowest hospitalization rates were seen in those whose three risk factors were well-controlled. The findings appear in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/28) 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.

  Emerging Trends 
 
  • Bioness' device gets FDA OK for treating pediatric foot drop
    Bioness has obtained 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its L300 Foot Drop System to be used in treating foot drop in pediatric patients with cerebral palsy and other neurological diseases. The neurostimulation device, which already has been cleared for adult use, helps restore foot mobility by sending electric signals to stimulate the affected leg's muscles. Medscape (free registration) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microfluidic device can run lab-quality HIV tests in 15 minutes
    Samuel Sia, an associate professor at Columbia University, has developed a microfluidic device that he says takes only 15 minutes to perform HIV testing using blood from a finger prick. The handheld device, called the mChip, has been tested on site in Rwanda and could provide HIV patients in remote areas with access to laboratory-quality testing services. Yahoo/Indo-Asian News Service (1/25) 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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  Pharma News 
  • FDA expands approval for childhood leukemia drug
    The FDA approved Friday the expanded use of Novartis' leukemia drug Gleevec to include children newly diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The drug should be combined with chemotherapy and carries a risk of several adverse reactions, including liver toxicity and infections, the agency said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Merck's overactive bladder OTC drug wins FDA approval
    Merck & Co. obtained FDA approval to market an over-the-counter version of Oxytrol for women ages 18 and older with overactive bladder. The OTC product, which will be sold as Oxytrol for Women, is a patch that contains oxybutynin, an anticholinergic agent that helps relax the bladder muscle. Men will continue to need a prescription to buy the drug, FDA says. Reuters (1/25), MedPage Today (free registration) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Agency unveils new "Closing the Quality Gap" series
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is releasing a new series of reports on quality. The eight-report series is a follow-up to "Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies," and it addresses the effectiveness of patient-centered medical homes, medication adherence, bundled payments and more. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AHIP News 
  • Don’t miss out on the early registration rates
    Register now and save. Early registration ends Feb. 6. ACA implementation, affordability, benefit design, delivery system reforms, health exchanges – the list goes on and on. AHIP’s 2013 National Policy Forum is one-stop shopping for those seeking insights on the latest policy developments and trends shaping health care. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The “Who’s Who” of health plans
    AIS's Directory of Health Plans: 2013” is a comprehensive resource that provides data and information on every health insurance company and primary care preferred provider network in the country as of year-end 2012. As a thorough and definitive tool, it lets you calculate health plan market share, gain insight on networks, enrollment data, risk data, contact information and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apply today: national recognition for improving asthma care
    The EPA’s National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management aims to recognize innovative and comprehensive asthma programs that address environmental triggers, foster high-performing collaborations and partnerships, and improve the daily lives of those with asthma and their families. EPA will award exceptional health plans, providers and community organizations. Call for applications are due on Feb. 12. Apply today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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
Asst Director, Medicare Prod. Analytics/Rev. Mgmt CambiaPortland, OR
CEO CarePoint Health PlanCarePoint Health PlanBayonne, NJ
Director Organizational Determinations and Appeals and GrievancesJackson Health SystemMiami, FL
Director of Sales & MarketingHometown HealthReno, NV
Chief Executive OfficerNevada Health Information ExchangeCarson City, NV
Vice President, Medical Affairs and Senior Medical DirectorConfidential Not-for-Profit Health PlanNationwide, United States
Product Development Specialist Geisinger Health Plan Danville, PA
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Media Relations Coordinator America's Health Insurance PlansWashington, DC
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