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Support Breastfeeding Moms
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Monday, May 01, 2017 07:27 AM

There is a recent trend to declare breastfeeding is not “natural.”  Pediatricians have established their guidelines, however, to recommend breastfeeding for 6 months to 1 year or longer as desired.

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Court Grants Summary Judgment ERISA Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth Group Inc.
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Monday, May 01, 2017 07:25 AM

UnitedHealth Group has had a determination by a District Court that they wrongfully failed to pay providers for providing covered health services to patients enrolled in UHG-administered plans, and then compounded its misconduct by using the money it saved to repay itself for alleged overpayments. Plaintiffs allege that this type of “cross-plan offsetting” violates ERISA.  The court agreed.

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Location, Location, Location
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Monday, May 01, 2017 07:21 AM

What is the driving factor behind the use of unneeded tests?  Provider type? Specialty?  Nope.  It is the location of the practice.  Those that are hospital-based order low-value care such as expensive imaging, unneeded tests and referrals to other specialists more frequently.

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FDA Advisers Negative on OTC Combos
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 01:20 PM

Over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic-antacid combinations are not a “rational” treatment for minor stomach issues, two FDA advisory committees have declared.  Members also expressed concern about using OTC products to treat hangovers.

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Age-Based Testing of Physician Competence Stirs Controversy
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 01:15 PM

Studies published by the AMA have demonstrated "the preponderance of evidence suggests that physicians have a limited ability to accurately self-assess."  There is a movement arising to call for mandatory assessment of older doctors.

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