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MANAGED CARE November 2000. ©2000 MediMedia USA

Researchers studying 46,000 employees in six large companies found that 25 percent of medical claims could be linked to lifestyle choices, such as diet, exercise, and smoking. The study appears in the Journal of Health Promotion.... Health plans' HEDIS performance is influenced by socioeconomic factors, according to an examination by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Within plans, lower-income and minority status often correlate with poorer quality of care.... Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield dropped its controversial plan to institute a risk-adjusted compensation system for cardiologists, ophthalmologists, and orthopedists in its Medicare HMO. The three are its highest-cost specialties, in terms of claims dollars.... A study in the British Medical Journal indicates that patients want direct guidance from physicians for most physical problems, but when it comes to mental health and lifestyle, people prefer to reach a joint decision on treatment options with their physicians.

Meetings

2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014
6th Semi-Annual Diagnostic Coverage and Reimbursement Conference Boston December 4–5, 2014
Customer Analytics & Engagement in Health Insurance Chicago December 4–5, 2014
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Clinical Quality Assurance Conference Alexandria, VA December 4–5, 2014
9th Semi-Annual Medical Device Coverage and Reimbursement Conference San Diego December 5, 2014
8th Annual Medical Device Clinical Trials Conference Chicago December 8–9, 2014
HealthIMPACT Southeast Tampa, FL January 23, 2015