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News Story
11/29/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Parkview's five is in tie for highest The number of critical medical errors in Indiana hospitals and surgery centers increased last year to 107, the most in the five years state officials have tracked 28 reportable events, according to a study released Monday. Parkview Hospital reported five significant events, a tie with a South Bend...
Blog Post
11/16/2011
Posted by Moira Dhaliwal
Have you ever been frustrated because you had to transfer medical records between doctors or forgotten when you had your last immunization? These frustrations could be a thing of the past with the emergence of electronic health records (EHR); when EHR are completely adopted, doctors across all specialties will be able to access all of their...
News Story
12/31/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
    Image via CrunchBase If 2010’s holiday sales are going to be any indication of business in 2011 then retailers have little to worry about. If only. They do, of course. The economy is still shaky, various surveys can’t come to a consensus about consumer sentiment and a new ghost of Christmas future has...
News Story
11/23/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
QualityHealth is a popular health Web site with more than 20 million registered users that offers online medical information and e-mail newsletters on a variety of topics, including diabetes, allergies, asthma and arthritis. But according to a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission, site visitors who provide personal details...
News Story
10/24/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
 "People faced with a 50 percent increase are far more likely to drop their insurance than to stomach that increase for the nebulous prospect of a future refund," said Carmen Balber, director of the Washington office for Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group that has battled the insurance industry over health reform. And for those...
Blog Post
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Today's LA Times has prominently featured the story of Dana Christensen, a Consumer Watchdog hero, in an article documenting a new lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles's City Attorney against a health insurance company, HealthMarkets Inc., notorious for selling "junk insurance" to consumers. (Photo Credit: Al Seib, Los Angeles...
News Release
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Watchdogs Call For Rate Freeze by President Until Pricing Rules Take Effect   WASHINGTON, DC -- State insurance commissioners sent rules to the Department of Health and Human Services today that will require insurers to spend more money on health care and less on administration and profits. Regulators should be applauded for rejecting last...
News Story
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
While Thursday morning's final vote on the medical loss ratio is getting all the attention, state insurance commissioners meeting in Orlando, Fla., have been making progress on other important issues. On Wednesday, they gave preliminary approval to the disclosure form that health insurance plans will soon have to fill out to let their...
News Story
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurance officials defy industry pushback, finalize key part of healthcare law Brushing off a last-minute lobbying push by the insurance industry, state insurance officials on Thursday finalized new rules requiring insurance companies to dedicate more revenues directly to healthcare.  Gathered in Orlando, Fla., members of the National...
News Release
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
State Insurance Commissioners to Vote Thursday, Send Recommendations to HHS Washington, DC – As the insurance industry lobbies state insurance commissioners in Orlando to weaken modest regulations on health insurance premiums, Consumer Watchdog’s leaders reiterated their call for President Obama to place a moratorium on premium...