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International Diabetes Federation appoints Petra Wilson as CEO

BY Alaric DeArment

BRUSSELS — A former executive from Cisco has been appointed as CEO of the International Diabetes Federation.

The IDF announced Thursday the appointment of Petra Wilson, who formerly served as Cisco’s senior director of the European health and care business solutions team, working with the World Health Organization, the European Commission, governments and others.

"I am delighted to be taking up this challenging post," Wilson said. "Diabetes is one of the most pressing health challenges globally, which demands that people, organizations, communities and nations work together to create a better future for those affected by the disease. IDF has a deservedly high reputation as a forthright advocate for people with diabetes, and I look forward to being part of such a dynamic global movement."

Wilson also previously was director of the European Health Management Association and a scientific officer for the European Commission, where she was in charge of the European eHealth Action Plan. Prior to that, she was a professor at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, teaching in the university’s law and medical schools.

 

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Target stores in Chicago area to sponsor Bump Club and Beyond baby care events

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO — Target will play host to a new series of educational events sponsored by Bump Club and Beyond, an event company focused on educating mothers and expectant mothers.

The company said it would pilot the events at three Target stores in the Chicago area on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. The events, called BCBasics for Moms and Moms-to-Be, will focus on car seat safety, strollers, baby carrying and wearing and the registry process. The events are open to the public and will take place in the baby sections of the stores. Baby Center also is participating in the events.

"BCBasics is the perfect opportunity to bring a sample of our signature events to moms and moms-to-be in the Chicago suburbs," Bump Club and Beyond founder Lindsay Pinchuk said. "We are thrilled to partner with Target and Baby Center to provide valuable education and resources while connecting with more Chicago-area moms."

The events will feature a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A with the editors of Babycenter.com and Safety Squad, and visitors will have the opportunity to browse baby brands, while the first 50 people will receive a gift bag with products from Huggies, Graco, Motorola, Ergobaby and others.

 

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Study: Limiting NPs’ scope of practice leads to higher costs

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Shedding more light on the important role that retail-based health clinics — and the nurse practitioners who work in them — play in the U.S. healthcare system, a new study suggests that eliminating restrictions on nurse practitioners’ scope of practice could have a “large impact” on the cost-savings.

The study, titled “Practitioners Limit Cost Savings That Can Be Achieved in Retail Clinics,” was published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

“Using multistate insurance claims data from 2004–2007, a period in which many retail clinics opened, we analyzed whether the cost per episode associated with the use of retail clinics was lower in states where NPs are allowed to practice independently and to prescribe independently. We also examined whether retail clinic use and scope of practice were associated with emergency department visits and hospitalizations,” researchers stated.

The bottom line: Researchers found that visits to retail clinics were associated with lower costs per episode, compared with episodes of care that did not begin with a retail clinic visit. Furthermore, the costs were even lower when NPs practiced independently.

More specifically, an article by FierceHealthcare on the study reports that, according to researchers, in states where physicians oversaw nurse practitioners, costs averaged $543, versus $484 in states where nurse practitioners practiced independently. Costs averaged $509 in states where nurse practitioners had independence in practice and prescribing.

The article also states that according to researchers, if retail-based clinic visits make up for 10% of all outpatient primary care visits by 2015, national cost savings would be $2.2 billion. If nurse practitioners in all 50 states practiced independently, that would add on an additional $810 million. That savings could grow even more — by $472 million — if nurse practitioners could prescribe on their own too.

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