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Aetna Practices Latest Example of Unethical Health Industry Practices
02-16-18 Category: Health

By Lise Millay Stevens There is something rotten in Denmark. Maybe it is wafting over from the U.S. health insurance industry. CNN reports that a former Aetna medical director admitted, under oath, that he never looked at patient records prior to approving or denying care, relying instead on the recommendations from nurses at the insurance […]

Contingency management therapy makes addiction treatment easier during pregnancy
02-16-18 Category: Addiction Treatment

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are conditions that lead to a clinically significant impairment caused by the chronic abuse of any form of addictive substance, like alcohol, drugs, etc. Given the adverse impacts of substance abuse, the development of more effective treatment approaches for SUDs has become a critically important public health priority. The contingency management […]

California to face shortage of mental health professionals, says report
02-15-18 Category: Mental Health

California may face a significant shortage of trained mental and behavioral health care professionals in the next one decade, leaving minorities and rural populations underserved, according to a recent report by the Healthforce Center at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). The report found that the Golden State will have 41 percent less psychiatrists than […]

02-13-18 Category: Opioid

Exposing the nexus between opioid manufacturers and patient advocacy groups, a recent Senate report has found that five pharma companies paid nearly $9 million to such groups to drive an agenda encouraging the use of prescription painkillers in the United States. Released on Feb. 12, 2018, the report is the outcome of an extensive investigation […]

Paris Jackson spotted at Los Angeles marijuana dispensary
02-13-18 Category: Addiction

Paris Jackson was recently spotted at a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles in a tiny pair of tie-dye shorts, triggering a debate if the daughter of late Michael Jackson had been there to purchase some weed. In fact, some Paparazzi even managed to click a shot of her carrying a paper bag from the dispensary. […]

Former Aetna medical director confesses to not reviewing medical records while deciding about coverage

In a shocking case of utter negligence of duty, Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, former medical director of Aetna, America’s third-largest insurance provider, has admitted to never reviewing patient records while deciding to accept or deny care. The revelation came during a deposition in a lawsuit on grounds of “breach of contract” and “bad faith”, and […]

Manchester University professor receives grant to research bath salts
02-09-18 Category: Addiction, Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse

A Manchester University (MU) assistant professor has received the New Investigator Award, which consists of a $10,000 grant, to conduct research on the metabolism of bath salts. Diane Calinski, who teaches pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacogenomics at the MU, has been awarded the grant for the “Evaluation of Cytochrome P450-Mediated Metabolism of the Synthetic Cathinones.” Funded […]

‘Lax enforcement, permissive rhetoric and media’ responsible for drug misuse issues in US, says AG Sessions
02-08-18 Category: Addiction, Drug Abuse, Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has blamed media and “permissive rhetoric” for drug misuse issues in the United States. He said this while delivering a speech on Feb.6, 2018 at the Heritage Foundation event. Sessions also talked about his marijuana and drug enforcement moves as part of a list of things being done to “restore the […]

New behavioral health model can improve lives of chronic mental health patients

Adults with chronic mental health disorders face a reduced life span compared to the general population, increasing the need for a robust behavioral health care model. Acting on that line, the Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, which is a part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Insurance Services Division, came up with a […]

Implementation of behavioral principles increases effectiveness of contingency management therapy
02-07-18 Category: Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction Treatment

Contingency management therapy, a path-breaking treatment used for substance use disorders (SUDs), is based on the finding that healthy habits can be developed by rewarding or reinforcing such behaviors. The commonly used reinforcement methods include tangible incentives like vouchers, prizes, free housing and direct payments that assist in developing target behaviors in patients, such as […]