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News Story
12/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has raised concerns over a California HIE and potential patient privacy concerns. When implementing a new electronic health record (EHR), patient privacy and security issues should be a top priority for healthcare organizations. For example, individuals want to know that their protected health information (PHI) is secure, and...
News Story
12/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
It didn’t take the spectacular hacking of Sony computers for consumers to be aware that their privacy is at risk every time someone new gets some of their data. Hackers attack everywhere—financial institutions, retailers, government, universities, medical institutions—and security precautions don’t seem up to the task. On...
News Story
12/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A prominent consumer group is calling on customers of two leading health insurers to boycott a vast new database of patient medical records until privacy concerns are addressed. At issue is the California Integrated Data Exchange, or Cal Index, backed by $80 million from Anthem Inc. and Blue Shield of California. In recent weeks, the two insurance...
News Release
12/16/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
UPDATE: Here's where to opt  out: http://optout.calindex.org/OptOut/optout.html SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged consumers to opt out of the new electronic health information exchange, Cal INDEX, that is being set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield until key questions about patient privacy are answered. The nonpartisan...
Blog Post
12/2/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
$312,000 a day or $114 million this year. That's how much Consumer Watchdog challenges to excessive auto and homeowners insurance rates saved California families in 2014. Since 2003, our legal team's insurance rate challenges have put more than $3 billion in savings back in policyholders' pockets. If you're giving back on this #...
News Release
11/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA - Two state audits released yesterday confirm a central allegation of twin class action lawsuits brought by Consumer Watchdog against Blue Shield and Blue Cross for dramatically misrepresenting the number of doctors available to consumers under new Obamacare health plans. "Hundreds of thousands of consumers have been misled...
News Story
11/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California violated state law by misleading consumers about the size of their provider networks, according to a report by the state Department of Managed Health Care, the San Jose Mercury News reports (Seipel, San Jose Mercury News, 11/18). Background Complaints of narrow networks have led to lawsuits filed...
Courtroom Case
11/12/2014
Posted by Laura Antonini
McCarthy, et al. v. California Physicians’ Service d/b/a Blue Shield of California, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC558549 Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of California consumers against Blue Shield for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales...
News Story
11/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The most disturbing trend in the financing of American political campaigns is not the magnitude of the money being spent. It’s that more and more of that money is not going through the campaigns themselves — where donations must be disclosed and limited — but from nonprofit groups that are being set up for the express purpose of...
News Story
11/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Issues ranging from abortion to gambling to medical marijuana go before voters Editor’s note: The Center for Public Integrity tracked political advertising in races for the U.S. Senate, state-level offices and state ballot measures. Use these three interactive features to see who was calling the shots and where...