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December 14, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

  Top Stories 
  • Distress may increase risk of stroke-related death in seniors
    Seniors with the highest levels of psychosocial distress such as depression faced three times the risk of stroke-related mortality compared with people who experienced lower stress, according to a study in the journal Stroke. "The study adds to the growing evidence that stress is a significant factor in cardiovascular disease and stroke," said neurologist Ralph Sacco, however, it did not prove a causal relationship. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Providers & Suppliers 
  • Providers could do more with patient portals, study suggests
    Data from a KLAS survey showed 57% of responding hospitals, health systems and physician practices have a patient Web portal, while many of those that do not have a portal intend to adopt one. However, the report suggested many providers are not using all the available features for engaging patients. Respondents planning to deploy a portal largely plan to offer access to patient charts, however, only 48% of respondents plan to offer secure messaging, and just half intend to offer patient-education resources. Medscape (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report finds increased adoption of robust EHRs among doctors
    Federal researchers found 73% of office-based physicians surveyed said their EHR systems could prescribe electronically, while 68% said their EHRs keep a list of patients' drug allergies. Fifty-six percent also said their EHRs allow them to provide patients with a copy of a clinical summary, while 50% said their EHRs could help a provider with one or more clinical decision-support rules. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Medical Update 
  • Fainting may predict future cardiovascular risk
    A single fainting episode is linked to a 74% greater risk of being admitted to a hospital for a heart attack or stroke later in life, according to a Danish study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The chances of needing a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in the future were five times greater for people who fainted, researchers said. HealthDay News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Babies born via C-section have higher obesity risk
    An analysis in the International Journal of Obesity showed children born via cesarean section were up to 40% more likely than vaginally born children to become obese. Researchers said that while the results do not show a causal relationship, the link between C-section births and obesity should not be neglected. Reuters (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Device helps dentists spot oral cancer
    A new device called a VELscope uses blue LED light to detect precancerous or otherwise abnormal oral tissue, which shows up as dark spots. Nonsmokers younger than 50 comprise the fastest-growing group of oral cancer patients, research shows. KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA clears spinal access device from Precision
    The FDA has cleared Precision Spine to market the Mini-Max Minimally Invasive Access System. The device, which is used in conjunction with the company's S-LOK Pedicle Screw System, allows surgeons to perform fixation and access procedures precisely and less invasively. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • ONC unveils program to protect data on mobile devices
    A mobile security program was unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT with the aim of educating health care groups and providers about ways to safeguard health data on mobile devices. The initiative includes a website that offers training videos on the safe management of health information on tablets, smartphones and other mobile tools. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AHIP News 
  • Last chance to enjoy Institute’s videos and presentations
    The Institute 2012 Media Portal gives you access to various recorded sessions and PowerPoint presentations through Dec. 31, 2012. Don't miss out on sessions such as “Strategies for Helping Consumers Make Prudent Health Decisions” and “Leveraging the Power of Health Plan Big Data to Contain Costs and Improve Health Care Outcomes.” Learn more and purchase access. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Secure your AHIP 2013 conference sponsorships
    Sponsorship opportunities are available for AHIP 2013 conferences such as the National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., and Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Reach hundreds of health care decision makers who attend AHIP conferences to learn and network. Contact AHIP’s Business Development Team at or 866-707-AHIP (2447) for details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Project AssociateAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)Washington, DC
Senior Provider Relations & Network Development Associate Geisinger Health Plan Bangor, ME
Chief Executive OfficerNeighborhood Health Plan of Rhode IslandProvidence, RI
Director of QI & AccreditationDenver Health & Hospital AuthorityDenver, CO
Pharmacy Customer Service ManagerHealthPartnersBloomington, MN
Sr Data AnalystCVS CaremarkNorthbrook, IL
Associate Director, CORECouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH)Washington, DC
Chief Executive OfficerBeth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO)Boston, MA
Associate General CounselBMC HealthNet PlanBoston, MA
Program Manager - Medicare Advantage & Part D ProductsAARP Services, IncWashington, DC
Manager Special Investigations UnitSCAN Health PlanLong Beach, CA
Program Manager, Medicare Supplemental ProductsAARP Services, IncWashington, DC
Medical DirectorArizona Integrated Physicians Inc.Peoria, AZ
Executive Vice President of Health InsuranceWisconsin Physicians Service Health InsuranceMadison, WI
Vice President - Exchange BusinessMVP Health CareSchenectady or Rochester, NY
Vice President, Operations & Information TechnologyLouisiana Health Cooperative, Inc.New Orleans, LA
Director of Claims AdministrationHealthSCOPE Benefits, Inc.Little Rock, AR
Medical DirectorHarvard Pilgrim Health CareQuincy, MA
CAQH CORE Manager, Education, Outreach and Participant RelationsCouncil for Affordable Quality HealthcareWashington, DC
Analytics AdvisorConfidentialScottsdale, AZ
EID Program Manager Minnesota Management & BudgetSt. Paul, MN
Chief Executive OfficerHealth Plan of San JoaquinFrench Camp, CA
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