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A Whistle-Blower Tells of Health Insurers Bilking Medicare

In the first interview since his allegations were made public, the whistle-blower, Benjamin Poehling of Bloomington, Minn., described in detail how his company and others like it — in his view — gamed the system: Finance directors like him monitored projects that UnitedHealth had designed to make patients look sicker than they were, by scouring patients’ health records electronically and finding ways to goose the diagnosis codes. The sicker the patient, the more UnitedHealth was paid by Medicare Advantage — and the bigger the bonuses people earned, including Mr. Poehling. In February, a federal judge unsealed the lawsuit that…

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Sushi parasite that embeds in the stomach is on the rise, doctors warn

West, the authors wrote.Patients can have other symptoms too, including nausea, gastrointestinal bleeding, bowel obstruction, inflammation of the abdominal area and allergic symptoms including itching and anaphalaxis, a severe and dangerous reaction, inning accordance with theU.S. Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention.The parasite can appear in raw or undercooked seafood such as salmon, cod, mackerel, herring, halibut, red snapper and squid.Seafood has to be prepared to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, the U.S. Fda suggests. The FDA states freezing fish can eliminate parasites, too. Source http://cbsnews.com/news/sushi-parasite-anisakiasis-on-the-rise-doctors-warn/

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The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth

s a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren Bloomstein had been taking care of other people’s babies for years. Finally, at 33, she was expecting one of her own. The prospect of becoming a mother made her giddy, her husband Larry recalled recently —“the happiest and most alive I’d ever seen her.” When Lauren was 13, her own mother had died of a massive heart attack. Lauren had lived with her older brother for a while, then with a neighbor in Hazlet, New Jersey, who was like a surrogate mom, but in important ways she’d grown up mostly alone. The…

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