China Pushes for Cheaper Health Insurance Products to Battle Virus - Sources China Pushes for Cheaper Health Insurance Products to Battle Virus - Sources
China is nudging insurers to work on cheaper medical cover linked to the coronavirus and is assuring them of fast-track approval for these new products, people with knowledge of the matter said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - February 14, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

China pushes for cheaper health insurance products to battle virus: sources
China is nudging insurers to work on cheaper medical cover linked to the coronavirus and is assuring them of fast-track approval for these new products, people with knowledge of the matter said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bright idea in dentist's office leads to innovative smoking cessation project
Results from this study recently published online in Addiction found primary care physicians providing smokers with a free, two week starter kit of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) increased quit attempts While sitting in the dentist's office, Hollings Cancer Center researcher Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina, had a bright idea. As he received his goody bag with dental hygiene products, he wondered why not conduct a study and have primary care providers do the same thing for their patients who use tobacco. The bags would contain educational material, free lozenges and tobacco cessati...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 12, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Minimally Invasive Surgery Through the Eyes of a Surgeon
One of the best parts of an event like MD&M West is the opportunity to put a cross-section of experts from industry in the same room as engineers and end-users and talk about the biggest trends in medical devices. One such discussion that took place here in Annaheim, CA on Tuesday included an expert robotic surgeon, an expert from Intuitive Sugical (which, as you likely know by now, pioneered robotic surgery a little more than 20 years ago), and a new robotic surgery company that is trying to to take this technology beyond the surgical suite. I shared a few insights from this lively panel discussion here, but prior to...
Source: MDDI - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Dealing with the aftermath of Ciara and Dennis
Storm Ciara is still making its effects felt – and will be followed by Storm Dennis, due to hit the country at the end of this week. As of yesterday, there were185 flood alerts and 77 flood warnings in place across the UK. And the outlook could be still be grim: high winds are forecast for the South West, Midlands, North West, Scotland and Northern Ireland, while heavy snow is also expected. Many UNISON members are out dealing with the effects of the wind, rain and snow as part of their jobs. Others are dealing with the effects of the storms at home. To help those who have seen storm damage to their property, UNISON&...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article member benefits membership benefits UIA Source Type: news

CVS Ramps Up Housing Investments To Address Social Determinants
CVS Health will increase investments in affordable housing to address social determinants of health as insurers intensify strategies to reduce costs and improve outcomes beyond covering traditional medical treatments. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 11, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

1 in 5 Insured Hit With Surprise Bills for Surgery
TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2020 -- You scheduled your surgery and made sure both your doctor and hospital are in your insurer's approved network of providers. Everything went without a hitch -- until a whopper of a bill showed up in the mail for... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 11, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Kenya: Nairobi Women's Hospital CEO Steps Aside Amid Revenue Storm
[Nation] The Nairobi Women's Hospital's chief executive has stepped aside for investigations into claims of financial misconduct, that have seen all health insurers suspend their services. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Disability Insurer's Denial Of Benefits Was Not Reasonable, Panel Says
ATLANTA - A district court did not err in entering summary judgment in favor of a disability claimant because the evidence supports a finding that the claimant is disabled from practicing as a dentist, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 31 (Kia Kaviani, D.M.D. v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 19-11798, 11th Cir., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 3006). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Did Not Meet Burden Of Proof, Appeals Panel Affirms
CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 3 affirmed a district court's ruling in favor of a disability insurer after determining that the lower court did not abuse its discretion by limiting its review of a long-term disability (LTD) benefits claim to the administrative record before the court (Stephanie Dorris v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 19-1701, 7th Cir., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 3206). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Claimant Was Not Disabled Under Any-Occupation Standard, Panel Concludes
SAN FRANCISCO - A disability insurer did not abuse its discretion in terminating a claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the evidence supports the insurer's finding that the claimant was not totally disabled from performing the duties of any occupation, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 16 (Dyel O. Talbot v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 18-15375, 9th Cir., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 1657). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Failed To Consider Opinions Of Treating Physicians
AKRON, Ohio - An Ohio federal magistrate judge on Jan. 31 granted a disability claimant's motion for judgment on the administrative record and remanded the long-term disability (LTD) benefits claim to the plan administrator after determining that the plan administrator failed to consider the opinions of two of the claimant's treating physicians (Ann M. Geraci v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Co., No. 18-2367, N.D. Ohio, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16142). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer's Termination Of Benefits Supported By Evidence
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio federal judge on Feb. 4 granted a disability insurer's motion for judgment on the administrative record after determining that the evidence clearly supported the insurer's decision to terminate a claimant's long-term disability benefits (Farron Russell Creed v. Hartford Life& Accident Co., No. 19-1072, S.D. Ohio, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17613). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Federal Judge Says Fact Issues Exist On Disability Claimant's Occupational Duties
PHOENIX - An Arizona federal judge on Feb. 3 determined that questions of fact exist as to whether a disability claimant is able to perform the material duties of a clinical anesthesiologist and whether the disability insurer's handling of the disability claim constitutes bad faith (Thomas Scott Wood v. Provident Life and Accident Insurance Co., No. 17-2330, D. Ariz., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19057). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion Does Not Bar LTD Benefits, Judge Determines
NEW ORLEANS - A disability insurer wrongfully denied a claim for long-term disability (LTD) benefits based on the plan's pre-existing condition exclusion because the back injury the claimant sustained while working was not caused by the claimant's pre-existing degenerative back condition, a Louisiana federal judge said Jan. 13 in awarding the claimant past and future LTD benefits (Karl Meche v, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 18-3995, E.D. La., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5200). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Properly Offset Claimant's Veterans Affairs' Benefits, Panel Says
BOSTON - The First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 27 affirmed a district court's ruling in favor of a disability insurer after determining the lower court did not err in finding that the disability insurer properly offset disability benefits payable under its policy by disability benefits received by the claimant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Marco Martinez v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, No. 18-2127, 1st Cir., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 2507). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer's Calculation Of Benefits Was Reasonable
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - A New York federal magistrate judge on Jan. 8 recommended granting a disability insurer's motion for summary judgment after determining that the insurer's calculation of monthly disability benefits was not unreasonable (Jason Brand v. Narco Freedom Inc., et al., No. 15-5021, E.D. N.Y., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3813). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Bad Faith Claim Against Disability Income Insurer To Proceed, Judge Says
SCRANTON, Pa. - A Pennsylvania federal judge on Jan. 13 denied a disability income insurer's motion for partial summary judgment on a bad faith claim because the insured provided sufficient evidence from which a jury could find that the insurer acted in bad faith in denying the claim for disability income benefits (Joseph D. Dileo v. Federated Life Insurance Co., No. 18-628, M.D. Pa., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5003). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

De Novo Standard Of Review To Be Applied In Disability Benefits Dispute
MOBILE, Ala. - A de novo standard of review must be applied in a disability benefits dispute because the disability insurer failed to provide the claimant with a full and fair review as required by the Department of Labor regulations governing disability claims, an Alabama federal judge said Jan. 21 in granting a disability claimant's motion for partial summary judgment (Brian McConnell v. American General Life Insurance Co., No. 19-0174, S.D. Ala., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9605). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer's Claims Dismissed; Economic Loss Rule Precludes Claims
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Jan. 27 dismissed a disability insurer's counterclaims for fraud and negligent misrepresentation in a disability and life insurance dispute because the counterclaims are barred by the economic loss rule (ELR), which prohibits tort claims in a contractual dispute (Douglas Kuber v. Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America, No. 19-80211, S.D. Fla., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14121). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant's Suit Against Insurer Dismissed As Untimely By Federal Judge
NEW ORLEANS - A disability claimant's complaint must be dismissed because the claimant failed to file suit against the disability insurer within three years as required by the disability plan's applicable and enforceable contractual limitation period, a Louisiana federal judge said Jan. 24 (Gregory Scott Sr. v. The Prudential Insurance Company of America, No. 19-9294, E.D. La., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12299). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Panel Says Fraud Act Claim Alleged By Disability Claimant Cannot Stand
NEW YORK - A trial court erred in denying a disability insurer's motion to dismiss a claim alleging violation of New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act (NJCFA) because a wrongful denial of benefits claim is not actionable under the NJCFA and the claimant failed to allege any deceitful conduct related to the procurement or issuance of the disability policy, the First Department of the New York Supreme Appellate Division said Jan. 23 (Yochanan Bulka v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 657560/17, N.Y. Sup., App. Div., 1st Dept., 2020 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 470). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

The Marketing of Stimulants for Children With A.D.H.D.
Doctors must balance patients ’ needs, parents’ concerns, pressure from pharmaceutical representatives and challenges from insurance companies. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perri Klass, M.D. Tags: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Children and Childhood Addiction (Psychology) Advertising and Marketing Doctors Insurance Source Type: news

Kenya: Insurers Reject Nairobi Women's Hospital Bills Over 'Cost Inflation' Claims
[Nairobi News] Health insurers will not honour future bills from the Nairobi Women's Hospital, officials said on Tuesday, in a move likely to worsen the woes of the facility currently fighting claims of cost inflation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

U.S. government proposes higher payments to Medicare insurers in 2021
The U.S. government on Wednesday proposed an average 0.93% increase in its payments in 2021 to the health insurers that manage Medicare Advantage insurance plans for about 22 million people aged 65 or older or disabled. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Memorial Hermann, Cigna extend contract negotiation deadline
Connecticut-based insurance company Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) and Memorial Hermann Health System have extended their existing contract by about six weeks as negotiations continue. The commercial contract was previously slated to end March 16, but that's now pushed back to April 30. If negotiations are unsuccessful, Memorial Hermann’s hospitals, doctors and other providers would be out-of-network for Cigna's commercial customers starting May 1. Cigna's Medicare Advantage p lans currently are not affected. “Our… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Centene ’s ‘Insatiable Appetite’ For Deals Remains After WellCare Purchase
Health insurer Centene will be on the lookout for potential acquisitions after integrating its biggest-ever purchase in WellCare Health Plans. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Centene CEO: We ’re Now A $100 Billion-Plus Enterprise
Health insurer Centene said the addition of WellCare Health Plans means the company now serves “1 in every 15 Americans” as a national provider of government-sponsored healthcare including Obamacare. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

AI, investigators help Highmark save $260M in waste, fraud
Artificial intelligence is a major new weapon in Highmark Inc.'s war on fraud and waste, helping it to save more than $260 million by its efforts in 2019 alone. The Pittsburgh-based insurer said the combination of AI and human effort in its Financial Investigations and Provider Review department has been able to use algorithms and other methods to catch suspicious behavior before it becomes a major problem. That's in addition to the human members of the t eam, including investigators, accountants,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 4, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Medicaid bid throws jobs into uncertainty, Aetna leader says
Aetna Better Health of Kentucky's CEO Jonathan Copley breaks down what the bottom line is for any insurer bidding for a shot at a lucrative Medicaid contract in Kentucky. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

A Test Predicts Your Death Date: Should Insurers Find Out? A Test Predicts Your Death Date: Should Insurers Find Out?
Bioethicist Art Caplan discusses the development of a biomarker test for predicting death and the potential dangers for third-party interests in the results.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Two Kentucky businesses make Most Admired Companies list
Two Louisville companies have made Fortune's list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Louisville-based health insurance company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) comes in at No. 163. Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM), parent of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, checks in at No. 330. There are 331 companies on the list. Yum and Humana, a couple of Louisville's largest employers, have each made this li st before. We've also seen Kindred Healthcare and Brown-Forman Corp. make appearances over the years. Apple Inc.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David A. Mann Source Type: news

Suicide Rate Boosts Health Insurer Efforts To Curb Loneliness
The high U. S. suicide rate could embolden health insurer efforts to curb loneliness and address other social determinants that can lead to poor health outcomes and illnesses. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Insurance Companies Have Denied My Doctor ’s Orders, 25% of Texas Voters Say in New Poll
One in four Texas voters say their health insurance company has refused to cover what their physician ordered for them or their families, a new statewide survey has found. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of transportation interventions on health care outcomes: a systematic review - Solomon EM, Wing H, Steiner JF, Gottlieb LM.
INTRODUCTION: Lack of reliable transportation can be a barrier to keeping appointments or accessing other health care services. Increasingly, insurers and health care delivery systems subsidize transportation services for patients. This systematic review s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Humana hired two federal executives — here’s what they will do
Humana Inc. has detailed how it will put two former federal government personnel that it hired recently to work. Drs. Kate Goodrich and Mona Siddiqui will lead efforts to better integrate the company's clinical efforts, according to a statement from the Louisville-based health insurance company. Earlier in the month, news broke that Humana (NYSE: HUM) had hired Goodrich and Siddiqui to unspecified senior v ice president roles. Goodrich left the chief medical officer role at the Centers for Medicare… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 28, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Call for FDA to Pull Preterm Birth Drug Divides Docs, Insurers Call for FDA to Pull Preterm Birth Drug Divides Docs, Insurers
The FDA concluded that Makena is not effective in preventing preterm birth. A 2003 study showed efficacy, but a later, larger trial failed to do so. Now, there's a debate in the healthcare community.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Trump administration says California can't require insurers to cover abortion
The Trump administration said on Friday that California cannot require health insurers to cover abortions and threatened to cut some federal healthcare funds unless it pulls that requirement. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Trump Administration Threatens California Over Abortion
If the state doesn ’t stop requiring private insurers to cover abortions, the administration said it will cut off federal funding for certain health programs. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pam Belluck Tags: Abortion California Health and Human Services Department March for Life Weldon Amendment your-feed-science Source Type: news

Blues Health Insurers Fund U.S. Non-Profit's Generic Drug Expansion Blues Health Insurers Fund U.S. Non-Profit's Generic Drug Expansion
A group of Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers is investing $55 million in a new venture with a non-profit generic drug manufacturer to try to offer cheaper prices on pharmacy drugs to their members, the companies said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Drug To Prevent Premature Birth Divides Doctors, Insurers And FDA Experts
(Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emmarie Huetteman Source Type: news

In-Home Healthcare Companies Bring High-Acuity Care, Including Clinical Laboratory Testing, to Patients at their Homes and Workplaces
Proven success at providing quality care to patients at home while lowering costs has both investors and health insurance companies intrigued Some call it “hospital in the home.” Whatever name it is given, the high cost of keeping a patient overnight in a hospital is motivating a range of healthcare players to develop innovative ways […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 24, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

World's first public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent deadly disasters
(GRID-Arendal) GRID-Arendal has launched the Global Tailings Portal, a new public, searchable database with detailed information on more than 1,700 mine tailings dams around the world. The data are based on disclosures provided by mining companies following a request from the Church of England Pensions Board and the Swedish National Pension Funds' Council of Ethics. The portal is designed to be used by scientists, governments, insurers, the finance community, the mining industry, media, and civil society. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Insys Founder Gets 5 ½ Years in Prison in Opioid Kickback Scheme
The company executive, John Kapoor, was accused of bribing doctors and misleading insurers to increase sales of a highly addictive painkiller. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Thomas Tags: Kapoor, John Burlakoff, Alec Babich, Michael L Insys Therapeutics Inc Subsys Opioids and Opiates Fentanyl Pain-Relieving Drugs Racketeering and Racketeers Frauds and Swindling your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Major Insurers Offer & #36;55 Million to Lower Generic Drug Costs
THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2020 -- A nonprofit that develops and sells cheaper drugs will receive a $55 million investment from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and associated organizations to create cheaper versions of expensive generic drugs. The... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Upstate ’s Medication Assistance Team helps patients pay less for meds, savings nearly $1 million in 18 months
Help comes from insurance companies, state programs, drug manufacturers and nonprofits. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)
Source: SUNY Upstate Medical - January 23, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: News Source Type: news

Major Insurers Pledge $55 Million to Try to Lower Generic Drug Prices
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and others say they have agreed to invest in a nonprofit ’s effort to develop and sell cheaper drugs. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Thomas Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Shortages Hospitals Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assn Civica Rx Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Blue Cross Insurers To Create Their Own Drug Company Amid Price Fight
Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurers are launching their own nonprofit drug company with Civica Rx to create alternatives to “high-cost” generics that haven’t come down in price. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Advocate Aurora to collaborate on Medicare Advantage product with other health care systems
Aurora Health Care intends to collaborate on a Medicare Advantage HMO plan with the health insurance company jointly owned by UW Health, Gundersen Health System and UnityPoint Health. The collaborative would introduce a plan for senior citizens in eastern Wisconsin using Milwaukee-based Aurora’s physician network in the region, according to a press release. Consumers could select the plan during the fall 2020 open-enrollment period for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2021. Aurora Health Care’s parent… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Insurer Owes Coverage For Lead Paint Dust Contamination, Illinois Panel Says
CHICAGO - A trial court erred in granting judgment in favor of a commercial general liability insurer because an underlying complaint filed against the insured seeking damages for lead paint dust contamination alleges an occurrence and constitutes property damage for which coverage is afforded, the an Illinois appellate panel said Dec. 31 (Owners Insurance Co. v. Precision Painting& Decorating Corp., No. 1-19-0926, Ill. App., 1st Dist., Div. 3, 2019 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2425). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - January 22, 2020 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news