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Headlines On Deadline

MANAGED CARE December 2011. ©MediMedia USA

Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, last month launched a think tank called the Optum Institute, whose mission is to focus “on providing analysis and insight on accountable care and the rapidly changing health care landscape,” according to the company. At the same time, Optum published a survey called “Sustainable Health Communities — a Manifesto for Improvement.” Quite a big undertaking that you can see for yourself at http://bit.ly/rWCjdQ.... Over 52 percent of office-based doctors now use electronic prescribing, according to SureScripts, the operator of an e-prescription network that connects doctors’ offices to pharmacies. SureScripts adds that 94 percent of retail pharmacies now accept electronic prescriptions.... The standard of care for type 1 diabetes comes up short when compared with treatment that includes at least three injections of insulin a day or use of an insulin pump, according to a study that followed a group of diabetic patients since the 1980s. The study is by Ian de Boer, MD, a kidney specialist at the University of Washington in Seattle. More than 1,400 diabetic patients were followed and those receiving intense treatment were only half as likely to have developed kidney disease than those given the standard treatment, which does not focus as much on getting patients to near-normal blood sugar levels.

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Pharmaceutical Pricing and Contracting Conference Philadelphia, PA September 22–23, 2014
Private Health Insurance Exchanges Conference Washington, D.C. October 7–8, 2014
National Healthcare Facility Management Summit Palm Beach, FL October 16–17, 2014
National Healthcare CFO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
National Healthcare CXO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
Innovative Member Engagement Operations For Health Plans Las Vegas, NV October 20–21, 2014
4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
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
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL 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