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...er, patients could not compare what they and their insurers paid hospitals against how well those hospitals performed. Recently Pennsylvania issued its latest report showing how much surgeons and hospitals earned on each surgery. The report showed how much the insurer or medicare paid the hospital. Pennsy...

Los Angeles Diocese Opts for Huge Payout in Sexual Abuse Cases

...tcy protection. The Los Angeles archdiocese, its insurers and various Roman Catholic orders have paid more than $114 million to settle 86 claims so far. The largest of those came in December, when the archdiocese reached a $60 million settlement with 45 people whose claims dated from before the mid-1950s an...

US Health Insurance Firms Suspend Sales, Promise to End Fraudulent Practices

...ntucky, and UnitedHealth of Minnetonka, Minnesota, insurers agreeing to suspend marketing were Wellcare Health Plans Inc. of Tampa, Florida; Universal American Financial Corp. of Rye Brook, New York; Coventry Health Care Inc. of Bethesda, Maryland; Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee; and Sterling Life Insura...

Life Insurers in India to Launch Health Insurance Policies

...one of the most attractive businesses for non-life insurers and even life insurers are jumping in the fray. The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), for instance, is planning...

US Hospital Group Offers Warranty on Surgeries

...entually, though, Geisinger hopes to attract other insurers and employers that provide health benefits by expanding the approach into other lines of care provided by the nearly 660 doctors it employs at its three hospitals and 55 offices in the region. Geisinger is trying to address what it views as a funda...

Aggressive Treatment for Whiplash Does Not Promote Faster Recovery

...ure they put on clinicians to be referred, and how insurers require them to legitimize their injury. The authors conclude that further trials 'are essential to understand the influence of health care provision in preventing or facilitating disability.'...

Should Genetic Information Be Disclosed to Insurers?

There is no good reason to deny insurers access to genetic information, argues a Professor ...ed in this weeks BMJ. Only if we refuse to give insurers access to all health information can we reasonably stop them seeking genetic test results, says Prof...

Better Risk Management Could Cut MRSA Infection Rates

...ding risk management standards imposed by hospital insurers — and the premium discounts offered if these rigorous standards are met — could reduce MRSA infection rates. Institutions with the highest number of 'bed days' for riskier treatments, particularly surgery and gynaecology, have an increased likelih...

High Demand for the Cancer Vaccine

...ave been encouraging parent s to find out if their insurers would pay for the vaccine rather than waiting for ... funds with assistance from the state's commercial insurers to buy vaccines in volume. Those discounted vaccines are then distributed to primary care practices ...

Hip Resurfacing Fever Catches on in US

...pendent on the patient's bone strength. Nor do all insurers cover it. The implant costs about 20 per cent more than a standard artificial hip. Some studies suggest higher rates of failure in hip resurfacing, necessitating additional surgery. In addition, there is some concern that the rubbing together of t...

‘Land Of Dreams’ Staggers Under The Weight Of Neuroses And Substance Abue

... percent of the patients were not insured. Private insurers cleared the check for the balance. The study also found that one of every three stays of uninsured patients was related to a mental health or substance abuse disorder. Says AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy: “Community hospitals play an important r...

One Fourth of Hospital Patients Admitted for Mental Health or Drug Abuse Disorder

... 8 percent of the patients were uninsured. Private insurers were billed for the balance. The study also found that one of every three stays of uninsured patients was related to a mental health or substance abuse disorder. “Community hospitals play an important role in the treatment of people with mental he...

NYC Mayor Raises Questions About Male Circumcision as HIV Prevention Method

...ommissioner Thomas Frieden said he believes health insurers might agree to cover preventive circumcisions because they already cover them as treatments for infections and urinary blockage. According to Frieden, even 1,000 circumcisions performed in certain populations could curb the spread of HIV in the ci...

Law Emerging in US for Generic Versions of Biotech Medicine

...nd on consumers. Consumer groups, employers and insurers are working in tandem with Democrats who have taken control of the US Congress this year on the issue. That is the only way to hold down health costs, they say. However, the big pharmaceutical companies contend that biotechnology products, made fro...

NICE Gives the Final ‘NO’ to Roche’s Tarcva

...n the way of its continued use, as governments and insurers around the world are already struggling to contain rising healthcare costs. Source-Medinia ANN...

Generic Biologics – U.S Panel Hearing Draws Mixed Response

...cision will extend to other areas. Employers and insurers see this development as a means to curb skyrocketing health care cost. In addition to private health providers, the U.S. government, which runs the Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs for the elderly, disabled and poor, also stands to save mi...

New International Study to Test Exercise in Heart Failure Patients

...tation program of 36 sessions currently covered by insurers for patients after heart bypass surgery. All patients in HF-ACTION will receive a self-management education program on topics such as medicines and their side effects, managing fluids, the importance of adhering to a low sodium diet. The patients...

Too Few Americans Getting Preventive Health Screenings

...nefiting – the professionals who provide care, the insurers who help pay for care and the patients who receive care. But we can do much more to prevent or delay the occurrence of serious conditions.' As in previous years, the federal disparities report found access to care varied widely between racial, ethn...

Tax Exemption on Health Insurance Premiums, Health is Wealth Indeed!

...ed from tax. The governor also encouraged health insurers to offer incentives to the insured to maintain a healthy lifestyle. For instance, offering an incentive to sign up with a gym and such other sops. This would in turn benefit both the state and people, reflecting in lesser healthcare costs. The tax be...

Telephone Outreach Boost CRC Screening In Urban Minority

...ty population. By providing such screening, health insurers and employers could find a significant reduction in the human and financial toll taken by colon cancer." From 1992-2001, CRC incidence for black men was 13.2 percent higher than for white men and 21.7 percent greater for black women than for white ...

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