Disability Claimant Is Not Entitled To Benefits Under Any-Occupation Standard
PHILADELPHIA - A district court did not err in finding that a disability claimant is not entitled to long-term disability (LTD) benefits under a plan's any-occupation standard because the medical evidence supports the plan's determination that the claimant was capable of performing full-time sedentary work, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Feb. 28 (Thomas P. Kelly Jr. v. The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 18-1162, 3rd Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 6199). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Evidence Supports Finding That Claimant Was Not Disabled From Own Occupation
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal judge on Feb. 21 granted a disability insurer's motion for summary judgment after determining that the insurer did not abuse its discretion in finding that the claimant was not disabled from performing the duties of her own occupation as an attorney because the objective medical evidence clearly supports the insurer's finding (Anne Wittmann v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-9501, E.D. La., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27510). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Denial Of Short-Term Disability Benefits Was Not Arbitrary, Capricious
CLEVELAND - A disability insurer's denial of short-term disability (STD) benefits was not arbitrary and capricious because the denial was supported by substantial evidence, an Ohio federal judge said Feb. 21 (Christopher Draper v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 18-1321, N.D. Ohio, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27672). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Summary Judgment Ruling On Tort Claims In Bad Faith Dispute Upheld
CINCINNATI - A federal district court did not abuse its discretion in sua sponte dismissing an insured's bifurcated tort claims against his long-term disability insurance provider because the insured failed to submit all of his evidence in support of his claims in responding to the insurer's motion for summary judgment on the insurer's breach of contract claim, a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel affirmed Feb. 7 (James H. Pogue v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., No. 18-5291, 6th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 3943). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Bad Faith Claim Dismissed; Classification Of Disability Was Not Made In Bad Faith
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A bad faith claim cannot stand because the insured failed to prove that the defendant insurers acted in bad faith in classifying the insured's disability as being caused by a sickness rather than an injury, an Ohio federal judge said Feb. 19 (Mukesh R. Shah, M.D. v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 16-1124, S.D. Ohio, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25695). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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11th Circuit Upholds Ruling Finding Woman's Claim For Future Benefits Premature
ATLANTA - A woman's request for a declaration from her life insurance company that she is entitled to future total disability benefits under a policy governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act was properly dismissed by a federal judge in Florida, an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Feb. 8, holding that there is no ripe claim without an adverse determination by the insurer (Theresa Peer v. Life Liberty Assurance Co., No. 18-13173, 11th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 3956). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Benefits Reinstated; Termination Was Arbitrary, Capricious, Judge Says
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee federal judge on March 5 reinstated a disability claimant's benefits after determining that the insurer acted arbitrarily and capriciously in terminating the benefits because the evidence does not support a finding that the claimant is capable of earning 50 percent of his pre-disability salary as required by the plan (Gary Carty v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 15-1186, M.D. Tenn., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35992). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Judge: MetLife's LTD Determination Was 'Made In Arbitrary And Capricious Manner'
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Feb. 15 remanded the determination of a Morgan Stanley employee's long-term disability (LTD) benefits to Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., noting that it "is time for MetLife to do its job" by providing a "full and fair review" of the employee's claim that his benefits eligible earnings (BEE) is too low (Vincent Ricciardi v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, et al., No. 16-3805, S.D. N.Y., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25240). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Claimant's Suit Dismissed For Failure To File Within 180 Days
ST. LOUIS - A disability claimant's suit alleging wrongful denial of short-term disability (STD) benefits must be dismissed because the claimant failed to file the suit within 180 days after the denial of her appeal as required by the plan, a Missouri federal judge said March 4 (Tiffany Ausler v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 18-315, E.D. Mo., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33486). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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2019 Healthiest Employers: CBIZ
Description: Offers an array of professional services, including accounting, tax risk advisory, government health care, real estate consulting, valuation, benefits consulting, property and casualty insurance, payroll, life insurance, retirement, HR consulting and executive recruitment services Top local executives: Jeff Carlstedt, senior managing director of CBIZ MHM of Kansas City; Polly Thomas, business unit president of CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services of Kansas City Founded: Both local… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 22, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Must Consider Actual Duties Of Claimant's Own Occupation
PHILADELPHIA - A disability insurer was required to consider the actual duties of a claimant's occupation rather than the duties of the occupation as performed in the national economy because the plan clearly defined the term "own occupation" as the work the claimant was performing immediately before the onset of the disability, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Feb. 7 in affirming a district court's opinion (Christopher Patterson v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 17-3566, 3rd Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 3902). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Claimant Is Not Disabled Under Any-Occupation Standard, Judge Says
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A disability insurer did not wrongfully terminate a claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the claimant failed to prove that she was incapable of performing the duties of any occupation, a District of Columbia federal judge said Feb. 1 (Josephine Kemathe v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 17-903, D. D.C., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16248). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Substantial Evidence Supports Insurer's Termination Of LTD Benefits
FORT SMITH, Ark. - A disability insurer did not abuse its discretion in terminating a claimant's long-term disability(LTD) benefits under the plan's any-occupation standard because there is substantial evidence supporting the insurer's termination of benefits, an Arkansas federal judge said Jan. 16 (Dwight W. Phelan v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 18-2049, W.D. Ark., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7699). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Evidence Supports Insurer's Finding That Claimant Was Not Totally Disabled
PHOENIX - A disability insurer did not breach its contract or act in bad faith by denying a claim for benefits because the evidence supports a finding that the claimant was not totally disabled, an Arizona federal judge said Jan. 30 (Cynthia Cheney v. United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York, et al., No. 17-0004, D. Ariz., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14742). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Untimely Demand For Jury Trial Permitted In Disability Coverage Suit
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal judge on Jan. 29 denied an insurer's motion to strike a disability claimant's untimely demand for a jury trial after determining that the untimely demand will cause no disruption to the court's calendar and will not cause any prejudice to the insurer (Jeffrey Avena v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., No. 18-9406, E.D. La., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13902). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Panel Denies Disability Claimant's Motion To Transfer Attorney Fee Question
SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 14 denied a disability claimant's motion to transfer consideration of attorney fees to the district court, which will be considering the source of a claimant's disability on remand, because the claimant has not yet achieved any degree of success on the merits (Miae Decovich v. Anthem Life Insurance Co., No. 17-15324, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 1218). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Claimant Achieved Success When Disability Claim Was Remanded, Federal Judge Says
BOSTON - A disability claimant is entitled to an award of attorney fees based on the claimant's success in having the claim remanded to the administrator for further review; however, the amount of attorney fees to which the claimant is entitled cannot be calculated until after the claimant's administrative appeal is resolved, a Massachusetts federal judge said Jan. 28 (Brian Host v. First Unum Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 13-11578, D. Mass., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12832). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Transamerica Project Attracts $9.2M Sale (Real Deals)
A limited liability company led by Larry Crain Jr. purchased the 1400 Centerview Drive project and an adjoining 8.57-acre tract from Transamerica Life Insurance Co. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - January 21, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Boston Fed adds banking, real estate execs to board
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has tapped three new members to its board of directors, two of whom were previously named to the Business Journal ’s most recent Power 50 list. Kimberly Sherman-Stamler, president of real-estate development firm Related Beal; Roger W. Crandall, chairman, president and CEO of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.; and Bruce Van Saun, chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group (NYSE: CFG) were all named to the board, the mission of which is to promote sound… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 17, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Catherine Carlock Source Type: news

Boston Fed adds banking, real estate execs to board
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has tapped three new members to its board of directors, two of whom were previously named to the Business Journal ’s most recent Power 50 list. Kimberly Sherman-Stamler, president of real-estate development firm Related Beal; Roger W. Crandall, chairman, president and CEO of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.; and Bruce Van Saun, chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group (NYSE: CFG) were all named to the board, the mission of which is to promote sound… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 17, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Catherine Carlock Source Type: news

Panel Denies Rehearing, Allows Ruling In Disability Insurer's Favor To Stand
CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 9 refused to reconsider its ruling that a district court did not err in concluding that a disability claimant was not disabled from his own occupation as an anesthesiologist because the medical evidence supported the insurer's finding that the claimant could perform the duties of his own occupation with appropriate accommodations (Timothy O'Neill D.O. v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 18-1382, 6th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 817). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 15, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Did Not Abuse Discretion In Denying STD Benefits, Panel Says
SAN FRANCISCO - A disability insurer did not abuse its discretion in terminating a claimant's short-term disability benefits because none of the claimant's treating physicians found that the claimant was functionally impaired from performing the duties of his own occupation, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Dec. 10 (Daniel Johnson v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 17-55501, 9th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 34657). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Florida Federal Judge Says Termination Of LTD Benefits Not Arbitrary, Capricious
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Jan. 8 adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation to grant a disability insurer's motion for summary judgment after determining that the insurer's termination of benefits was not arbitrary and capricious (Rebecca McCook v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 17-823, M.D. Fla., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2946). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Claimant Met Burden; Additional LTD Benefits Owed, Federal Judge Says
SALT LAKE CITY - A disability claimant is entitled to an additional eight months of long-term disability (LTD) payments because the claimant proved by a preponderance of the evidence that his disability prevents him from working in his occupation as an attorney, a Utah federal judge said Dec. 10 (Ralph Dewsnup v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-126, D. Utah, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208688). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Insurer Reasonably Found That Disability Was Caused By Depression, Anxiety
ST. LOUIS - A disability insurer reasonably concluded that a claimant's disability was caused by depression and anxiety rather than fibromyalgia because the objective medical records did not support the claimant's complaints of physical pain, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 9 (Marianne Thiry v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 17-3288, 8th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 613). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Claimant Fails To Allege Plan Was Improperly Amended, Panel Says
CINCINNATI - A district court did not err in granting judgment in favor of a disability insurer and a plan administrator because the claimant failed to allege in the district court that the plan was improperly amended, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 3 (David Moore v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 18-5325, 6th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 239). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Florida Federal Judge Says It Is Not Clear If Preemption Applies In Disability Suit
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Dec. 12 denied a motion to dismiss state law claims alleged against two disability insurers because it is not clear from the pleadings that the policies are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and that the state law claims would therefore be preempted (Marcus Allen, M.D. v. First Unum Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 18-69, M.D. Fla., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209454). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Bad Faith Claim Barred By Statute Of Limitations, Federal Judge Determines
SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Dec. 10 dismissed a disability claimant's bad faith claim after determining that the claim is barred by the applicable two-year statute of limitations because accrual of the bad faith claim began when the insurer issued its initial benefits determination and not when the insurer issued its decision on appeal (Frank L. Pavel v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, et al., No. 18-1778, S.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209019). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Claimant Cannot Supplement Record To Include Letter Awarding Benefits
BAY CITY, Mich. - A disability claimant cannot supplement the administrative record to include a letter from the disability insurer awarding her benefits because the letter was issued after the district court determined that the claimant is not entitled to an award for attorney fees and costs, a Michigan federal judge said Dec. 10 in denying the claimant's motion (Kimberly J. Guest-Marcotte v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 15-10738, E.D. Mich., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208252). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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What are Alabama's healthiest counties?
A recent study ranks Alabama's healthiest places, and one metro county makes the list. SmartAsset evaluated three factors for an analysis of Alabama's counties: length of life, health behaviors and health care access. It released its findings in "Life Insurance Study: America's Healthiest Places." Shelby County ranked as the healthiest place in the state. SmartAsset reports 14 perc ent of its residents are adult smokers, the obesity rate is 30.1 percent, uninsured rate is 10.6 percent and excessive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Stephanie Rebman Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Conducted Full, Fair Review, Judge Says Following Bench Trial
LOS ANGELES - Following a bench trial in a short-term disability (STD) benefits dispute, a California federal judge on Nov. 26 granted judgment in favor of the disability insurer after determining that the insurer conducted a full and fair review of the disability claim and did not abuse its discretion in denying the claim for benefits (Yvette Williby v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 14-4203, C.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 201708). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - December 17, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Termination Of Disability Benefits Was Unreasonable, Federal Judge Determines
JOPLIN, Mo. - A disability claimant is entitled to long-term disability (LTD) benefits under a plan's any-occupation standard because the plan's termination of benefits was unreasonable based on the fact that only one doctor, who performed a file review, determined that the claimant was not disabled under the any-occupation standard, a Missouri federal judge said Dec. 6 (Jamie S. Flanagan v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., No. 17-5060, W.D. Mo., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 206031). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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California Federal Judge Grants Parties' Request To Dismiss Disability Suit
SANTA ANA, Calif. - A California federal judge on Nov. 6 dismissed a disability claimant's suit against a long-term disability (LTD) insurer after the parties notified the court that they reached an agreement to dismiss the suit (Karen Compton v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 18-184, C.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192680). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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District Court Did Not Err In Finding Claimant Was Not Disabled From Own Occupation
CINCINNATI - A district court did not err in concluding that a disability claimant was not disabled from his own occupation as an anesthesiologist because the medical evidence supported the disability insurer's conclusion that the claimant could perform the duties of his own occupation with appropriate accommodations, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Nov. 19 (Timothy O'Neill D.O. v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 18-1382, 6th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 32781). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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3rd Circuit: Coverage Barred For Disability Stemming From Pre-Existing Depression
PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania federal judge correctly determined that the administrative record in a disability coverage dispute supports the insurer's conclusion that a plan's pre-existing condition exclusion bars coverage for the claimant's disability, which stems from her pre-existing depression, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Nov. 26 (Yvonne Hilbert v. The Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., 17-2583, 3rd Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33133). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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9th Circuit Remands Disability Suit To Reconsider Source Of Disability
SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 3 remanded a disability claimant's suit after determining that the district court must determine the whether the source of a claimant's disability is physical or mental (Miae Decovich v. Anthem Life Insurance Co., No. 17-15324, 9th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33890). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Insured's Breach Of Contract Claim Against Disability Insurer To Proceed
CHICAGO - An insured adequately alleged facts in support of a breach of contract claim against a disability insurer but failed to support a claim that the insurer acted vexatiously and unreasonably in refusing to renew the insured's disability policies, an Illinois federal judge said Nov. 21 (Donald Astar v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., No. 18-4895, N.D. Ill., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 198434). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Statute Of Limitations Bars Breach Of Contract, Bad Faith Claims In Disability Suit
SAN FRANCISCO - A disability claimant cannot maintain claims for breach of contract and bad faith based on a 2013 denial of benefits because the applicable statute of limitations for breach of contract and bad faith allegations bars the claims, a California federal judge said Dec. 4 (Theresa Hong v. AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co., No. 18-4039, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 205336). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Disability Suit Remanded; Insurer Failed To Prove Damages Exceed $75,000
LONDON, Ky. - A Kentucky federal judge on Nov. 15 remanded a disability claimant's breach of contract and bad faith suit after determining that the disability insurer failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the claimant's damages will exceed the federal jurisdictional minimum of $75,000 (Connie L. Hacker v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 18-30, E.D. Ky., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 194961). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
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Provident Mutual building sale on hold, endangering planned West Philly health campus
West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell has halted the city ’s long-awaited remake of the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 4601 Market Street for reasons that include the interest from developers other than Iron Stone, the developer selected through an open bidding process to acquire the 10-acre property. “I’ve got other people w ho want to invest,” said Blackwell on Thursday when asked if she supported a different bid than the winning proposal. “So we’ll… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - December 14, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Jake Blumgart Source Type: news

Provident Mutual building sale on hold, endangering planned West Philly health campus
West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell has halted the city ’s long-awaited remake of the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 4601 Market Street for reasons that include the interest from developers other than Iron Stone, the developer selected through an open bidding process to acquire the 10-acre property. “I’ve got other people w ho want to invest,” said Blackwell on Thursday when asked if she supported a different bid than the winning proposal. “So we’ll… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 14, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jake Blumgart Source Type: news

Protective Life names new chief marketing officer
Protective Life Corp. has named Chris Moschner senior vice president and chief marketing officer. In this role, Moschner will provide vision and leadership for the strategic development and execution of the life and annuity division’s marketing efforts. Moschner joined Protective from Brighthouse Financial, where he led the organization responsible for developing the marketing strategy acr oss the multibillion-dollar life insurance and annuity product portfolio. There he played a key role in… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 4, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

N.Y. Town Finding Ways to Make EMS Succeed Despite Challenges
  GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (WNYT) -- If you have to dial 911, you don't want problems. However, as a NewsChannel 13 investigation recently discovered, the current system leaves many medical responders underpaid and overworked. That means they may not be at their best when they answer your call. Our report last week uncovered a number of issues plaguing the industry. To recap, we'll break them down, starting with a big problem that affects ambulance companies across the board – whether they be private, non-profit, volunteer, or run by a municipality. That problem is low pay. Next, the hours an EMT works are not regu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WNYT News Channel 13 Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

N.Y. Town Finding Ways to Make EMS Succeed Despite Challenges
  GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (WNYT) -- If you have to dial 911, you don't want problems. However, as a NewsChannel 13 investigation recently discovered, the current system leaves many medical responders underpaid and overworked. That means they may not be at their best when they answer your call. Our report last week uncovered a number of issues plaguing the industry. To recap, we'll break them down, starting with a big problem that affects ambulance companies across the board – whether they be private, non-profit, volunteer, or run by a municipality. That problem is low pay. Next, the hours an EMT works are not regu...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WNYT News Channel 13 Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

There's A Catch That Comes With Taking A 23AndMe Test
From life insurance issues to increased anxiety, read about some possible outcomes before you swab. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Federal Judge Remands LTD Claim To Administrator For New Determination
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A disability insurer must reconsider a long-term disability (LTD) claim after reviewing the claimant's Social Security disability benefits records because the insurer represented to the claimant that the Social Security records would be considered as part of the review of the claimant's appeal, an Arkansas federal judge said Oct. 18 in remanding the claim to the administrator (Michael Buquoi v. United States Life Insurance Co., No. 18-093, E.D. Ark., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179172). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - November 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Issue Of Fact Exists As To Whether Disability Insurer's Determination Was Reasonable
PHOENIX - A disability claimant's bad faith claim and request for punitive damages can proceed because the claimant presented an issue of fact as to whether the insurer's termination of disability benefits was reasonable, an Arizona federal judge said Nov. 1 in denying the insurer's motion for summary judgement (Kelly Ann Tyler v. United States Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 16-939, D. Ariz., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 187001). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - November 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Magistrate: Termination Of LTD Benefits Was Reasonable Based On Evidence
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah federal magistrate judge on Oct. 9 denied a disability claimant's motion for summary judgment after determining that the disability insurer's termination of long-term disability (LTD) benefits was reasonable and is supported by substantial evidence (Jon E. Sadler v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., No. 17-979, D. Utah, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 174428). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - November 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Medical Evidence Supports Disability Plan's Limitation Of Benefits, Judge Says
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A disability insurer's conclusion that a claimant suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome, which limited long-term disability benefits to 24 months, and not from symptoms of Lyme disease was not unreasonable based on the medical evidence in the administrative record, a District of Columbia federal judge said Nov. 7 (Wesley Loucka v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., No. 17-1375, D. D.C., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190935). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - November 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Failed To Prove That Exhaustion Of Remedies Would Be Futile
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - An Iowa federal judge on Oct. 16 granted a disability insurer's motion to dismiss a claim alleging wrongful denial of long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the claimant failed to exhaust all administrative remedies under the LTD policy and failed to prove that exhaustion would be futile (Brandy J. Sievers v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., No. 18-3048, N.D. Iowa, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177259). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - November 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news