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His Mexico City Apartment Block Was Built Only Months Ago. So Why Did It Collapse So Easily?
In April, Luis Resendiz was ecstatic to move into his brand new apartment in a sleek block with solar panels in a middle class neighborhood of Mexico City. The 35-year-old photographer had paid 2.2 million pesos ($125,000) for the property, a significant amount in a country with a daily minimum wage of $4. But through hard work and with the help of a hefty bank loan, he made what he thought was a worthwhile life investment. Then on Tuesday, he heard via Whatsapp that his home had been flattened by the factor 7.1 earthquake that killed at least 295 people on Sept. 19. His life was saved by the fact he was away working, but ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ioan Grillo / Mexico City Tags: Uncategorized Mexico Source Type: news

CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell to retire in 2018
Chet Burrell is retiring as president and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the region ’s largest health insurer, after 10 years in the role. Burrell will leave his post in mid-2018. CareFirst’s board of directors will launch a nationwide search for a replacement to lead the the Owings Mills-based nonprofit insurer, which serves 3.2 million individuals and groups in Maryland, D.C . and Northern Virginia. “A decade of service to the mission of CareFirst has, for me, passed quickly," Burrell… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell to retire in 2018
Chet Burrell is retiring as president and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the region ’s largest health insurer, after 10 years in the role. Burrell, 70, will leave his post in mid-2018. The nonprofit's board of directors will launch a nationwide search for Burrell’s replacement. In an announcement to CareFirst employees, Burrell said: “A decade of service to the mission of C areFirst has, for me, passed quickly. No matter the demands, it was never ‘work’ to me, as I felt drawn forward… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

The Republican Health Bill Is Targeting Votes From These Two States
(WASHINGTON) — Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored the legislation, according to analysts who’ve studied the legislation. The 140-page measure, which top Republicans hope to push through the Senate next week, is stuffed with language making some states winners and others losers. Aides say the legislation is still changing as leaders hunt the 50 GOP “yes” votes they’ll need to turn this summer’s jarring Senate rejection o...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alan Fram / AP Tags: Uncategorized Graham-Cassidy Health Care onetime Source Type: news

Docs, Hospitals, Insurers Blast Last-Ditch ACA Repeal
(MedPage Today) -- Near-unanimous opposition to Graham-Cassidy among major stakeholders (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 21, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CVS Announces New Limits On Prescription Painkillers Amid ‘ Public Health Emergency ’
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (CBS) – CVS is taking steps to combat the “rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse” by putting new restrictions on prescription painkillers. Starting in February, the chain’s new policy will put a 7-day limit on the supply of certain prescriptions for patients who are new to opioid therapy. Additionally, the daily dosage of painkillers will be limited based on how strong the opioid is, and immediate-release opioids will be favored over extended-release versions. News | @CVSHealth Fighting National Opioid Abuse Epidemic With Enterprise Initiatives https://t.co/P11cp...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CVS opioid abuse Source Type: news

WNY commercial insurers score high on national ratings
The National Committee for Quality Assurance awarded high ratings for the region's top three commercial health plans. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Insurer Market Power Lowers Providers ’ Prices
Evidence seen for specialists in markets with high provider, insurer concentration (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - September 21, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

Obama defends health care law amid last-ditch effort to repeal and replace
The Graham-Cassidy health care bill would keep Obamacare's taxes in place, but turn most of the revenues over to the states to come up with their own health care systems. Former President Obama argued Wednesday that some states might allow insurers to once again charge more for pre-existing conditions. Nancy Cordes reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Affordable Care Act Is Being Exploited to Foster Opioid Relapse
As so often happens, a frantic mother called us about her 19-year-old daughter, who I’ll call Jen. A heroin addict, Jen had been shuttled between multiple treatment centers and sober homes by greedy marketers looking to cash in on the teenager’s insurance benefits by keeping her perpetually in recovery, but never sober. As our investigator searched Palm Beach County for Jen, her mother finally reached her by phone. She pleaded with her daughter to leave Florida, to which Jen replied, “Why would I come home? I have all I need here.” In the ensuing months, Jen has become a victim of a vicious cycle kn...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dave Aronberg Tags: Uncategorized Addiction Affordable Care Act Drugs Health Care Source Type: news

Opportunists Are Exploiting the ACA to Prey on Opioid Addicts
As so often happens, a frantic mother called us about her 19-year-old daughter, who I’ll call Jen. A heroin addict, Jen had been shuttled between multiple treatment centers and sober homes by greedy marketers looking to cash in on the teenager’s insurance benefits by keeping her perpetually in recovery, but never sober. As our investigator searched Palm Beach County for Jen, her mother finally reached her by phone. She pleaded with her daughter to leave Florida, to which Jen replied, “Why would I come home? I have all I need here.” In the ensuing months, Jen has become a victim of a vicious cycle kn...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dave Aronberg Tags: Uncategorized Addiction Affordable Care Act Drugs Health Care Source Type: news

Pfizer takes on J&J with antitrust lawsuit
Group claims rival signed contracts with insurers to hobble its biosimilar drug (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - September 20, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Read Jimmy Kimmel ’s Moving Healthcare Monologue That Everyone’s Talking About
On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel took to his late night show once more to talk healthcare — a subject near and dear to him personally, after his infant son dealt with heart surgery in the days after his birth last May. He delivered a heartfelt monologue then about the importance of adequate health coverage for all Americans, and in the wake of new healthcare legislation from Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsay Graham, he returned to the subject with an emotional plea. I know you guys are going to find this hard to believe, but a few months ago, after my son had open heart surgery, which was something I spoke about on the...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Raisa Bruner Tags: Uncategorized Healthcare Jimmy Kimmel Late Night Television Source Type: news

Medicine in the Headlines: When Your Patients Ask
HRT, tattoos, insurers exacerbating the opioid epidemic, prolonged sitting, plus a new COPD drug: here's a recap of 5 of the week's key news reports. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 20, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Susan Kweskin Tags: Addiction COPD Source Type: news

FitBark sniffs out new uses for doggie data
Kansas City startup FitBark is working with researchers, insurers and pharmaceutical companies to leverage its dog data. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 19, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Acquisition of New York health insurer will not affect Albany jobs
An acquisition of one of New York's largest health insurers will not affect its more than 475 employees based in Albany, New York. Fidelis Care, a nonprofit insurer based in Queens, announced last week it signed an agreement to sell most of its assets to St. Louis-based Centene Corp. (NYSE: CNC) for $3.75 billion. The acquisition comes after the size of its Albany regional office has quadrupled over the past four years. Its Albany office, based at 31 British American Blvd. in Latham, has grown… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 19, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Shannon Sweeney Source Type: news

Insurers Launch New Obamacare Ads After Trump Roils Sign-Up Effort
Health insurance companies led by Oscar Health are launching new Obamacare advertisements several weeks earlier than past years to counter cuts by the Trump administration in the marketing budget under the Affordable Care Act. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:CNC NYSE:ANTM Source Type: news

Humana wants to hire 50 people for its Tricare operations
Humana Inc. wants to hire about 50 people for its Tricare operation in Louisville. The company said the enrollment specialists will review member applications, respond to inquiries and reconcile enrollment information for Tricare, which is the health insurance company's government business. Humana (NYSE: HUM) is looking for people with customer service experience who have an at tention to detail and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Interviews begin today, and the start date will be Nov.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 19, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Carolyn Tribble Greer Source Type: news

Insurers Often Limit Access to More Expensive Opioid Alternatives (FREE)
By the Editors Many health insurance companies restrict their coverage of pricey painkillers — while making it easy for patients … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 19, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers
Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

States ask insurers to prioritize non-opioid pain treatment
Attorneys general across the U.S. are asking insurers to prioritize pain treatment through means other than opioid prescriptions (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Anthem to Sell Obamacare Health Plans in Virginia Counties That Don't Offer Them Anthem to Sell Obamacare Health Plans in Virginia Counties That Don't Offer Them
U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc said on Friday it plans to sell Obamacare health plans in 68 cities and counties in Virginia next year, covering the only remaining U.S. counties that are currently without insurers offering the plans.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Morning Break: Insurers and Opioid Crisis; Zika Vaccine? Latest Diet Poop, Really
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - September 18, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Socialist Bernie Sanders now pushing full-on government health care he once said would “bankrupt the nation”
(Natural News) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who was cheated out of the Democratic Party nomination for president last year by a dishonest political organization, doesn’t believe you, your doctor, or insurance company should have control over your healthcare. He thinks the federal government should. And not just primary control, like we now have with... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers
Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATIE THOMAS and CHARLES ORNSTEIN Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Health Insurance and Managed Care Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Buprenorphine (Drug) Morphine Aetna Inc Anthem Inc Purdue Pharma Source Type: news

Hospital-Doctor Clawback Provisions in Employment Contracts
Watch out for aggressive language in hospital employment agreements requiring physicians to recoup all payments to insurance companies. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 17, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Employment Law & Malpractice Compliance Contracts Source Type: news

Jeb Bush: The Graham-Cassidy Proposal Is Better Than Kasich-Hickenlooper
Despite the chaos and disappointment which defined the health care debate in Washington this summer, there is still both an opportunity and obligation to get some big and serious things done for the American people this year. While tackling tax reform, regulatory reform, entitlement reform and many other challenges are critical to ensuring American prosperity for future generations, health care reform must remain at the top of Congress’ to-do-list this fall. In voting for sweeping change last November, the chief issue driving many voters was the repeal of Obamacare, a policy monstrosity railroaded through Congress by...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeb Bush and Alan Levine Tags: Uncategorized ideas onetime Source Type: news

Science Over Stigma: The Public Health Case Against HCV Treatment Sobriety Restrictions
Issue brief focuses on how insurers restrict treatment for HCV for those who are currently using or have recently used drugs. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Anthem to sell Obamacare health plans in Virginia counties that don't offer them
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc said on Friday it plans to sell Obamacare health plans in 68 cities and counties in Virginia next year, covering the only remaining U.S. counties that are currently without insurers offering the plans. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

A new prescription: Innovative approach to reducing health care costs
A NEW PRESCRIPTION Aurora Health Care and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin partner with employers in an innovative approach to reducing health care costs Well Priority, a product offered by Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company, is a new approach to health care based on a collaboration that brings together a health insurer, health providers and employers to bend the cost curve through engagement and evidence-based medicine. The Milwaukee Business Journal talked with representatives… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Diabetes Prevention Impact Toolkit
Interactive online tool to help employers, insurers, and state health departments weight the costs and benefits of National DPP lifestyle change programs, including cost of delivering of lifestyle change program, health benefit resulting from the program, life years gained, cost-effectiveness, and return on investment. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Analysts see Trump threats to insurers boosting premiums
Budget analysts expect average premiums for individual health insurance to grow 15 percent next year, largely because it's unclear if President Donald Trump will block subsidies to insurers (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The First Time You Go to the ER with Suicidal Thoughts
You are 19 years old, on your computer at home, and you have been depressed for weeks, maybe even months. It has gotten really bad lately, and you are talking to your best friend online. You have been really laying it all down about how depressed you have been and how all you want to do is sleep, you wish you could stop existing, and you wish everything could just end. Suddenly, you hear a knock on the door of your apartment and it startles you. You have been isolating yourself for days, so this is a surprise. When you look out of the peep-hole, you are bewildered to see a male police officer standing outside the door. Sha...
Source: Psych Central - September 14, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Caitlin Gearsbeck Tags: Children and Teens Depression Personal Stories Suicide Antidepressant Hospitalization Mood Disorder Psychiatric Emergency Room suicidal gestures Suicidal Thoughts Source Type: news

Insurers Could Meet Sanders Halfway On Single-Payer Proposal With Medicare Advantage For All
Health insurance companies oppose Bernie Sanders'Medicare For All single payer proposal but favor expansion of Medicare Advantage. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 14, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:CNC NYSE:ANTM NYSE:HUM NYSE:AET Source Type: news

State cracks down on providers, insurers with high health care spending
For providers that are exceeding a set spending benchmark, the state can ask providers to begin a performance improvement plan or face a fine up to $500,000. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 14, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Bipartisan ‘ Problem Solvers ’ healthcare reform bill would kill medtech tax
A new bipartisan effort from the US Congress’ Problem Solvers Caucus that looks to alter Obamacare includes a provision to eliminate the 2.3% medical device tax, according to a Finger Lakes Times report. The movement has received support from democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Repub. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who said they are looking for a plan to stabilize the healthcare markets and lower insurance premiums, according to the report. “It is a great day for American when we put aside our political differences and put Americans first. The Problem Solvers Caucus, in conjunction with governors Kasich and ...
Source: Mass Device - September 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Healthcare Reform Capitol Hill Source Type: news

CEO Cook says healthcare is “ big area for Apple ’ s future ”
Despite lacking new health-related innovations on its most recent iPhone 8 and iPhone X release announcement, Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) is still focused on the healthcare industry, CEO Tim Cook told Fortune magazine. The tech giant has recently made strides towards making its iPhone devices healthcare-connected central depositories, announcing in June it would team with Health Gorilla to add health and diagnostic lab data and with DexCom to integrate G5 CGM support into its Apple Watch, alongside rumors that the company was looking to acquire Aetnahealth. “We’re extremely interested in this area. And, yes, it is a...
Source: Mass Device - September 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Diagnostics Research & Development Apple Source Type: news

A Lot More Democrats Now Back Bernie Sanders ’ ‘Medicare for All’ Plan
Two years ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a “Medicare for All” bill that would move the U.S. toward a single-payer healthcare system. He didn’t get a single co-sponsor. On Wednesday, the Vermont independent will introduce his latest version of the bill. Ten of his colleagues—about one-fourth of Democratic senators—have already signed on. That includes four senators widely expected to run for president in 2020: Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand. “The American people understand that now is the time for us to do what every other major country on earth d...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized 2016 Election Affordable Care Act Bernie Sanders Congress Cory Booker Donald Trump Health Care Healthcare hillary clinton kirsten gillibrand Source Type: news

Centene To Buy New York Health Plan For $3.7 Billion
Health insurer Centene, one of the larger players on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, said Tuesday it will buy Fidelis Care in a move to expand into New York. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 12, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:CNC NYSE:HUM NYSE:ANTM NYSE:AET Source Type: news

Doctors about to be replaced by hospital AI systems offering better diagnosis and less arrogance
(Natural News) Framingham, Massachusetts-based market intelligence provider IDC Health Insights, in its recently published report on artificial intelligence and cognitive computing adoption in the Asia/Pacific titled IDC Peerscape: Cognitive/AI Practices for Healthcare in Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan), stated the best possible healthcare solutions that hospitals and health insurance companies all around the Asia-Pacific countries should adopt.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Americans Could Have Cheap Health Care Almost Instantly
Can’t agree on health care, how to finance it or how to cover the uninsured? Think big. And look carefully: it’s right before our eyes. Imagine comprehensive, universal, effective and cheap health care for all Americans, essentially overnight. It would require hiring more doctors, nurses and other health professionals as well as utilizing more hospitals and medical facilities, but it would be remarkably easy compared to all the other health care proposals afloat now. That’s because the medical expertise and the infrastructure to make this possible already exist — right here in our Veterans Affairs h...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Margaret Battin Tags: Uncategorized health Health Care Healthcare politics Source Type: news

Transgender Patient Sues After Gyn Surgery Goes Awry Transgender Patient Sues After Gyn Surgery Goes Awry
Given consent to remove one ovary, surgeon excises both; state gives bad doctors a pass, says study; fewer med-mal payouts: better laws or stingier insurers?; mother who lost all her limbs wins appealMedscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

UnitedHealth's Bid For Latin American Insurer Escalates Global Play
UnitedHealth Group appears to be living up to a promise to further expand outside the U.S. with news the nation ’s largest insurer is in talks to buy Chile-based Banmédica. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 12, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Insurers Decry Annual Registration
[The Herald] The proposed annual registration of medical aid service providers is a threat to continuity of business and confidence as this is likely to create uncertainty and promotes looting by members, Association of Health Funders of Zimbabwe chief executive officer Shylet Sanyanga has said. Addressing delegates recently at the annual AHFoZ stakeholders conference in Victoria Falls, Mrs Sanyanga said the proposed annual licensing requirement in the Medical Aid Societies Bill should be reviewed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Federal Judge Remands LTD Claim To Plan Administrator For Full, Fair Review
PHOENIX - A disability insurer abused its discretion by failing to consider all of the available evidence and by failing to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the claimant during the handling of the benefits claim, an Arizona federal judge said Sept. 1 in remanding the claim to the plan administrator (Wendy S. Vaughan v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 16-341, D. Ariz., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143169). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - September 12, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Failed To Prove Reconsideration Is Warranted, Federal Judge Says
ATLANTA - A Georgia federal judge on Aug. 28 denied a disability claimant's motion to reconsider because the claimant failed to prove that there were any manifest errors of fact warranting reconsideration of the court's finding that the claimant is not entitled to benefits under a policy's lifetime sickness rider (William F. Nefsky v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 15-2119, N.D. Ga., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137596). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - September 12, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

11th Circuit Says Disability Plan's Pre-Existing Condition Provision Does Not Apply
ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 31 reversed and remanded a district's court ruling after determining that a disability insurer's denial of benefits based on the plan's pre-existing condition provision was not reasonable because there is no evidence that the claimant's healthy pregnancy caused or contributed to a stroke suffered by the claimant six months after her child was born (Julissa Bradshaw v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 16-11125, 11th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 16779). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - September 12, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Did Not Misclassify Claimant's Own Occupation, Federal Judge Says
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - A disability insurer did not act arbitrarily and capriciously when it classified a claimant's own occupation as sedentary because it relied on information from the claimant and the claimant's employer, a Michigan federal judge said Aug. 15 (Daniel Venier v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, No. 15-1016, W.D. Mich., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129691). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - September 12, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Cannot Add Medical Records To Trial Exhibit, Federal Judge Says
PHOENIX - An Arizona federal judge on Aug. 29 denied a disability insurer's request to allow additional medical records to be added to a claims file for use as a trial exhibit after determining that the request is untimely and would be prejudicial to the disability claimant (Benjamin McClure v. Country Life Insurance Company, et al., No. 15-2597, D. Ariz., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138530). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - September 12, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

New Gene-Therapy Treatments Will Carry Whopping Price Tags
Kymriah, approved recently by the F.D.A., with a $475,000 price tag, is first of a coming wave of treatments whose expected prices have alarmed economists, scientists and insurers. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GINA KOLATA Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Health Insurance and Managed Care Genetic Engineering Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Source Type: news