The Health News USA January 26 2018

  • Aetna Inc will pay a $1.15 million civil fine and improve its privacy practices to settle charges that it leaked the HIV-positive status of 2,460 New York members in a mailing where it used envelopes with large transparent windows. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday said names, addresses, claim numbers and HIV medication instructions in the July 28, 2017 mailing were “clearly visible” to outsiders because of how Aetna folded letters and inserted them into the envelopes.
  • According to a new study reported by South West News Service,  Americans can’t even eat a meal without having their cell phone closeby. Among 2,000 people surveyed, 1 in3 people are distracted when eating and 29% said their phone accompanies every meal they eat. The study was commissioned by Nutrisystem, the weight loss company, which also found that 72% watch television while eating.
  • Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to again halt Arkansas’ decision to cut off Medicaid funding to the organization, months after an appeals panel said the defunding move could go forward. Planned Parenthood Great Plains asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue a new injunction temporarily preventing Arkansas from terminating its provider agreement with the group.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 26th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-aetna-new-york-settlement/aetna-is-fined-by-new-york-for-leaking-members-hiv-status-idUSKBN1FC2YT

Aetna Incorporated will pay a one point fifteen million dollar civil fine and improve its privacy practices to settle charges that it leaked the HIV-positive status of two thousand four hundred sixty New York members in a mailing where it used envelopes with large transparent windows.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday said names, addresses, claim numbers and HIV medication instructions in the July twenty eighth, two thousand seventeen mailing were “clearly visible” to outsiders because of how Aetna folded letters and inserted them into the envelopes.

The mailing was intended to notify members of a class action settlement permitting them to buy HIV medication at brick-and-mortar pharmacies rather than by mail, where their privacy might be compromised if neighbors or family saw the drug packages. While about one million Americans live with HIV or AIDS, the associated stigma can lead to a denial of proper healthcare, discrimination and other negative consequences, according to settlement papers signed by Aetna and Schneiderman’s office.
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The Hartford, Connecticut-based company did not admit or deny wrongdoing, and agreed to retain an independent consultant for two years to monitor its efforts to improve member privacy.
It agreed last week to a seventeen point two million dollar settlement in the federal court in Philadelphia of private litigation over similar claims by more than eleven thousand members in New York and other states.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/01/23/one-third-americans-cant-eat-without-their-cellphones-study-finds.html

According to a new study reported by South West News Service,  Americans can’t even eat a meal without having their cell phone closeby. Among two thousand people surveyed, one in three people are distracted when eating and twenty nine percent said their phone accompanies every meal they eat. The study was commissioned by Nutrisystem, the weight loss company, which also found that seventy two percent watch television while eating. When asked what makes eating more enjoyable, those surveyed said watching TV rather than conversation with friends and family.
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Thirty-four percent of Americans also said they eat so fast in front of the TV or while on their phone or tablet that they can’t believe how quickly they’ve devoured their food.

Portion control was also measured, with fifty seven percent saying they have a difficult time controlling how much they eat.

Courtney McCormick, a corporate dietitian at Nutrisystem said that “American’s portions have become so big. And because people are used to eating out, they consider portions at restaurants to be the correct size, when they’re often four times as large. Learning portion control is key to weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.”

Evidence shows a direct link between portion size and obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/23/planned-parenthood-again-asks-to-halt-arkansas-def/

Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to again halt Arkansas’ decision to cut off Medicaid funding to the organization, months after an appeals panel said the defunding move could go forward. Planned Parenthood Great Plains asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue a new injunction temporarily preventing Arkansas from terminating its provider agreement with the group. The state in November terminated the group’s status as a Medicaid provider after a federal appeals court vacated an earlier ruling from Baker halting the defunding.

Planned Parenthood asked on Friday for an injunction on new grounds: that the defunding move violates the constitutional rights of Planned Parenthood and its Medicaid patients. The Republican governor ended the state’s Medicaid contract with the group in two thousand fifteen.

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