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News Story
1/16/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross, alleging that the insurer's mail-order pharmacy program discriminates against individuals with HIV/AIDS, KQED's "State of Health" reports. About Anthem's Program Anthem has changed its prescription drug program so that anyone seeking medication...
News Story
1/15/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has filed a statewide class action lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross saying the health insurer is discriminating against HIV/AIDS patients. Anthem is changing its pharmacy program and will require anyone using drugs from a list of “specialty” medications to use a mail-order pharmacy, approved...
News Story
1/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
BUSINESS BRIEFINGS - HEALTHCARE: An HIV patient in San Diego sued Anthem Blue Cross in state court, accusing California's largest for-profit insurer of violating the law by requiring certain policyholders to buy specialty drugs from a mail-order pharmacy. The plaintiff, who withheld his name because of his medical condition, filed suit in San...
News Story
1/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The health insurer's requirement that some customers get their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy has caught the eye of the California attorney general's office. Anthem Blue Cross may be breaking California law by requiring some policyholders to buy their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy, according to...
News Release
1/8/2013
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA– A California Appellate Court in Los Angeles will consider a long-running dispute at a Tuesday afternoon hearing about insurance companies’ obligations to cover a critical treatment for autistic children.  The case, brought by the non-profit Consumer Watchdog, will also determine if families previously forced to...
Courtroom Case
1/2/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV/AIDS may “opt-out” of a program that would have required them to obtain their medications by mail order under a settlement announced by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLC.  The lawsuit, filed in January in San Diego Superior Court, alleged that Blue Cross’s mandatory mail order...
News Story
7/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA – California state officials could be poised to weaken a privacy law pertaining to patient medical records. This despite the fact that the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, which gives patients the right to take legal action against a healthcare provider for medical records released without permission, carries...
News Story
2/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
When the oversized postcard arrived last August from Provena St. Joseph Medical Center promoting a lung cancer screening for current or former smokers over 55, Steven Boyd wondered how the hospital had found him. Boyd, 59, of Joliet, Ill., had smoked for decades, as had his wife, Karol. Provena didn't send the mailing to everyone who lived...
News Story
12/30/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
HIPAA: Providence Holy Cross will probe claim as hospitals eye policy shift. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center officials are investigating an employee who allegedly posted a patient's medical information on his Facebook page, apparently to make fun of the woman and her medical condition. According to a printout of the Facebook page...
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...