Navigation Links
Consumer Watchdog to Congress: Put Patients' Bill of Rights Back on the Table
Date:6/4/2009

ted." Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Pilot Life decision, lawsuits are removed to federal court where victims can only recover the cost of the procedure or service denied in the first place -- no damages or penalties are allowed. As a result, HMOs and insurers are largely free to deny access to care without fear of reprisal or financial consequences. Any health care overhaul should overturn Pilot Life and restore the reach of state common law.
  • Refusing access to expensive doctor recommended medications and devices. HMOs and insurers often refuse to authorize and pay for "off-label" use of expensive medications used to save cancer patients even though there is substantial evidence of their efficacy. For example insurers have routinely denied the use of Avastin for ovarian cancer even though it has been proven highly effective. State-of-the-art prosthetic devices are routinely denied as not "medically necessary." The lack of financial consequences for HMOs that refuse to defer to doctors encourages these practices.
  • Balance billing and Network Restrictions. Many Americans have been surprised to receive a bill from an emergency room doctor after receiving emergency treatment. The problem is that physicians who are not part of the injured person's HMO or insurance network are unsatisfied by the insurance company's low payment for treatment. The practice of physicians sending an additional bill to the patient to make up the difference between what the insurer paid and what the doctor believed was the fair cost of the service -- known as "balance billing" -- is rooted in the problem that insurance companies refuse to pay fair rates. A recent lawsuit settled by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo found that health insurers grossly underestimate so-called "customary and reasonable" payments for PPO care, which leads physicians to send the large balance of the bill to patients.

  • '/>"/>
    SOURCE Consumer Watchdog
    Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
    All rights reserved

    Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

    Related medicine news :

    1. Health Plans Prepare for Health Care Reform: Comparative Effectiveness, Consumerism Drive Future Changes, According to Deloitte Study
    2. New Health Monitoring and Health Tracking Website, VitalsTracker.com, Helps Health Consumers Organize Important Medical Data
    3. Consumer Watchdog Praises Insurance Commissioner Poizner for Health Insurance Rescission Rules, Pans Schwarzenegger Administration for Failure to Regulate HMOs
    4. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Makes Agency Changes to Support Growth on Global Brands
    5. Healthcarebluebook.com: DC Area Consumers Must Stop Overpaying for Tests and Treatments
    6. Consumer Reports: Hearing Aid Shoppers Pay High Prices, Get Mediocre Fittings
    7. Caldwell Consumer Health Becomes Revive Personal Products, Inc., with OPTIONS(TM) Line of Womens Sexual Health Products & Oral Health Brands; See Us at NACDS Booth 533 (The Emerson Group)
    8. MyOutcomes Urges Government Leaders to Employ Consumer-Driven Outcomes Management in Reforming Behavioral Health System
    9. Nurse Response Partners With Healthwise to Help Consumers Make Informed Decisions on Health
    10. Nursing Home Consumer, Workforce Satisfaction Reaches New Highs
    11. Joint Replacement Consumer Awareness Campaign Endorsed by Prominent Orthopaedic Scientist
    Post Your Comments:
    *Name:
    *Comment:
    *Email:
    (Date:3/1/2015)... Comparing a new source of vehicle ... Quotes Pros portal this year. A broad range of ... that are being supplied through the finder at ... prices available for each policy is now provided in ... user will first be asked to present their unique ...
    (Date:3/1/2015)... March 01, 2015 A federal ... http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/wright-profemur-hip-replacement ) scheduled to go to trial in ... a witness to provide testimony regarding the role ... of the Profemur device, Bernstein Liebhard LLP comments. ... Court, Northern District of Iowa on February 25th, ...
    (Date:3/1/2015)... 01, 2015 Indiana Fiber Network, ... Provider, announces NewWays Networking, LLC (NewWays) selected IFN ... with IFN, NewWays is well positioned to scale ... for Internet bandwidth in rural parts of Indiana,” ... to Cory Childs IFN Enterprise Sales Manager, IFN ...
    (Date:3/1/2015)... California (PRWEB) March 01, 2015 Theme ... a new transition pack for Final Cut ... add accordion style transitions to any FCPX editors project.” ... given our users the tools needed to easily drag ... , The user gets many different controls over the ...
    (Date:2/28/2015)... February 28, 2015 In recent years Medical ... of practicing physicians as a way for them to expand ... regarding Cannabis as medicine. Since the FDA still lists Cannabis ... resources available to licensed physicians that can help guide ... Dr. Deborah Malka in Santa Cruz, CA is a ...
    Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:United Auto Insurance Rates Now Quoted at Consumer Insurance Portal Online 2Health News:Wright Profemur Hip Lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comment on Court’s Decision Regarding Testimony Pertaining to Prototype for Profemur Hip Replacement 2Health News:Wright Profemur Hip Lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comment on Court’s Decision Regarding Testimony Pertaining to Prototype for Profemur Hip Replacement 3Health News:NewWays Networking Selects Indiana Fiber Network, LLC as Fiber Transport Provider 2Health News:Announcing a New Transition Pack from Pixel Film Studios, Transccordion for Final Cut Pro X 2Health News:Reputable Cannabis Doctor In Santa Cruz and Monterey Joins the Medical Cannabis Network 2
    ... in Canada,s north, Canada would benefit from enhanced relationships ... CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ) ... looks at health and health care in Canada,s north ... includes Alaska in the US, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, ...
    ... was diagnosed in 2007 with acute multiple myeloma, a form ... troubles all those who receive an upsetting diagnosis. The way ... however, was different. Barrager drew upon his engineering and management ... is sharing his insights with hospitals and doctors in his ...
    ... Reporter , MONDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Pain is a ... reports of pain increasing during the final few months, a new ... being "troubled" by moderate or severe pain two years before they ... had jumped to nearly half. "This study shows that ...
    ... , MONDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The success ... fat (MUFA), which are commonly found in nuts, seeds, avocados, ... oil, new research suggests. In the study, researchers randomly ... moderate elevated cholesterol levels to either a high-MUFA diet or ...
    ... , MONDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke ... the hospital on the weekend instead of a weekday, regardless ... Canadian researchers analyzed data from almost 21,000 stroke patients ... Only patients with their first stroke were included in the ...
    ... National Jewish Health has received a US patent for ... help assure many patients that dramatic changes in lifestyle ... PhD, Medical Director of the Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories at ... Donald MacGlashan, Jr. developed the diagnostic assay, which makes ...
    Cached Medicine News:Health News:Management science guru, surviving cancer, offers hope to fellow sufferers, doctors 2Health News:Management science guru, surviving cancer, offers hope to fellow sufferers, doctors 3Health News:Almost Half of Elderly Report Pain in Life's Final Months 2Health News:Almost Half of Elderly Report Pain in Life's Final Months 3Health News:Adding Monounsaturated Fats to Diet May Boost Heart Health 2Health News:Weekend Admissions Worse for Stroke Victims: Study 2Health News:National Jewish Health receives patent for diagnostic method of autoimmune chronic urticaria 2
    (Date:3/2/2015)... Diabetes Care, American Association of Diabetes Educators, ... Asante Solutions, A. Menarini, Bayer Group, Bayer ... Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( ... Control and Prevention (CDC), Carlyle Group, Cascade ... Covidien, Cygnus, ConvaTec, Constitution Medical Investor, Dexcom, ...
    (Date:3/1/2015)... /CNW Telbec/ -   Ergoresearch Ltd (TSXV: ERG) – ... under the « Équilibre, orthèses et biomécanique» banner ... on December 31, 2014. All dollar amounts in the ... Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 ... by 8,8 % compared to revenues of $ 4 489 ...
    (Date:3/1/2015)... ATLANTA , March 1, 2015  Patients ... new weapon against this debilitating foot ailment, according ... Interventional Radiology ,s Annual Scientific Meeting . ... to penetrate, emulsify and remove diseased fasciitis tissue. ... healthy tissue to regrow in its place, restoring ...
    Breaking Medicine Technology:Blood Glucose Meters Industry 2019 Forecasts for Global and Chinese Regions 2Second Quarter results - Fiscal 2015 - Ergoresearch reports its results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. 2Second Quarter results - Fiscal 2015 - Ergoresearch reports its results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. 3Second Quarter results - Fiscal 2015 - Ergoresearch reports its results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. 4Interventional radiology treatment relieves chronic plantar fasciitis 2Interventional radiology treatment relieves chronic plantar fasciitis 3
    ... Dynatronics Corporation (Nasdaq: DYNT ) announced ... RB Milestone Portfolio, a group of companies selected by ... the market via a combination of traditional and innovative ... Network™, and non-deal roadshows, with a focus on the ...
    ... 16, 2011 McGraw-Hill Professional, a leading ... scientific and medical communities, and Simbionix™, the ... simulation technology, have partnered to bring surgical ... training resource AccessSurgery™ ( www.accesssurgery.com ) to ...
    Cached Medicine Technology:Dynatronics Selected for Inclusion in RB Milestone Portfolio 2McGraw-Hill Professional and Simbionix™ Partner to Provide Enhanced Surgical Simulation and Education 2
    Sterile perfluorocarbon for intraocular Application....
    Silikon 1000 (purified polydimethylsiloxane) is a highly purified long chain polydimethylsiloxane trimethylsiloxy terminated silicone oil. For use as a postoperative retinal tamponade during vitreore...
    ... hard contact lens cleaning solution ... use, and professionally proven cleaner. ... detergents resulting in a very ... deposits, cosmetic residue, salts, mucous ...
    4.625 inches, curved blade 4 mm....
    Medicine Products: