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Briefly Noted

MANAGED CARE April 2012. © MediMedia USA
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Briefly Noted

MANAGED CARE April 2012. ©MediMedia USA

Some eye-popping charts (http://bit.ly/xGEMTc) from the International Federation of Health Plans tell a familiar story in a new way. Health care costs more in the United States than it does in other countries. The IFHP reviewed costs in nine countries and found that the average price for 20 common medical procedures, test, scans, and treatments in the United States far exceeded prices elsewhere. The range was the greatest for surgery. For instance, coronary artery bypass surgery ranges from about $5,000 in India to about $68,000 in the United States.... Pap smears need not be done every year, according to guidelines released last month by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Women ages 21–65 should get a test every three years. Women ages 30–65 have the option of getting a pap smear every five years if they are tested for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) at the same time. Providers and patients who are used to more frequent testing may have qualms about the USPSTF guidelines.

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