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UnitedHealth Group targeted by whistleblower lawsuit

Health / Health & Fitness /

MINNEAPOLIS -- A whistleblower lawsuit alleges that UnitedHealth Group and health plans that hire a subsidiary of the insurer have overbilled the federal Medicare program by submitting risk adjustment claims in ways that wrongly boost payment rates.

If true, the scheme could have caused hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in ...Read more

Nutrition News: The REAL Facts About Weight Loss

Health / Nutrition News /

It seems we're all trying to drop a few pounds -- or just fit into our spring clothes, if anything. Don't misdirect your good intentions by falling for false information. True weight loss is about fewer calories eaten and more calories burned. It isn't about your blood type, the time you eat or the combination of foods you choose. Environmental ...Read more

Placebo effect doesn't need deception to work

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I happened to come across your recent article on the placebo effect.

As a professor of physiology, I understand perfectly your advice. And I sort of feel that the placebo effect can be a good one. If someone feels "relief" from taking a harmless substance, what's the matter with that? I'm talking here about non-life-threatening ...Read more

How Bad Are Tanning Beds?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

In the "Friends" episode "The One with Ross's Tan," Ross (David Schwimmer ) goes into a spray-on tanning booth, is befuddled by the instructions and gets sprayed twice in front, missing his back. After trying and failing twice more to balance out the coverage, he ends up with a level 16 spray-on tan (2 is optimal) on the front half of his body. ...Read more

GOP lawmakers get details on Ryan Obamacare repeal plan and advice on how to sell it

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans, anticipating confrontations with angry Affordable Care Act supporters during the upcoming February recess, have been given talking points by party leaders to counter and deflect the growing public rancor.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Thursday provided an outline of the ACA repeal legislation that ...Read more

Ted Cruz wants to repeal Obamacare now, then work out replacement details

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Even no with no consensus replacement for Obamacare in sight, Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing for action on the repeal long promised by Republicans.

"What I think is critical at the outset is that we honor the promise we've made to voters for six years running now to repeal Obamacare. We've had three elections -- 2010, 2014 and 2016 -- ...Read more

Emerging GOP plan would replace parts of Obamacare as it's repealed

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WASHINGTON -- Developing House Republican legislation to repeal the 2010 health care law would also include replacement provisions that are controversial among GOP rank and file, like a refundable tax credit to help individuals purchase insurance and a plan for dealing with Medicaid expansion.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Energy and Commerce Chairman ...Read more

Infection 20 years ago unlikely to be trigger for current illness

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: In 1973, I was hospitalized for three days in an Air Force hospital in Thailand with an unknown viral illness. I quickly recovered and went back to my duties.

In 1992, I started having one problem after another for about six months, culminating in losing my ability to walk in about 10 minutes. My bowels and bladder were ...Read more

Pregnancy and Opiod Addiction

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Alicia Keyes craved root-beer floats while pregnant with her second child, Genesis; Victoria Beckham was marmalade-crazed while carrying daughter Harper; and Blake Lively had to have pumpkin ice cream when expecting Ines. As cravings go, they're ---

not good nutrition choices.

But it could be far worse. For an ever-increasing number of ...Read more

Health advocates blast new Trump proposals to stabilize Obamacare marketplace

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration and new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are under fire over new proposed rules introduced Wednesday to help stabilize the troubled individual insurance market.

Health care advocates and congressional Democrats claim the proposals are a wish-list-come-true for the insurance industry and would ...Read more

Conservatives give fresh prod to Republican leadership on Obamacare repeal

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- To the warnings from conservative groups that they need to move faster on dismantling Obamacare, add one more prod, this one from within.

A group of conservative House members Wednesday endorsed a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act in hopes of pressuring the chamber to move faster on a vote to repeal the 2010 law.

"The ...Read more

While Congress struggles on Obamacare, administration moves on its own

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- With congressional Republicans struggling to develop an Obamacare alternative, the Trump administration is taking steps on its own to loosen government regulation of the nation's health insurance markets, a longtime conservative goal.

Administration officials said the moves -- which were detailed in proposed regulations released ...Read more

Aetna CEO: Obamacare in a 'death spiral' heading into 2018

Health / Health & Fitness /

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Aetna Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini said Wednesday the Affordable Care Act is fatally flawed and that he believes more insurers will follow Humana Inc. and quit public health exchanges entirely.

"It is in a death spiral," he said of Obamacare in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Bertolini has long ...Read more

Save Face

Health / Scott LaFee /

If you're, say, 12-years-old and reading this and happen to have trouble with remembering faces, not to worry, things may get better.

New research indicates that the region of the brain associated with facial recognition, once presumed to be fully developed early in life, actually continues growing into adulthood. Neuroscientists found that ...Read more

Remember When Jon Lovitz Married Morgan Fairchild?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Remember when Jon Lovitz married Morgan Fairchild on "Saturday Night Live"? "Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket!"

Problem is, it never happened. (Lovitz's "Pathological Liar" character, Tommy Flanagan, told as many lies as he could, as often as he could.) But if just for a second there, you thought you did remember Jon and Morgan getting hitched, ...Read more

Can hearing loss, dizziness be traced to military service?

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: In 1966, my husband was in the military, assigned to artillery for a period of three months' training. During this time, he and his fellow soldiers were exposed to close-range cannon fire. At the end of and during each operation, his ears would be buzzing. Ear protection was not provided.

My husband was 19 years old at that time...Read more

Amid uncertainty, insurance giant Humana plans to leave marketplaces in 2018

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Humana Inc., one of the nation's largest health insurers, will stop selling Obamacare health plans next year, the company announced Tuesday. The move threatens to rattle jittery insurance markets and further complicate Republicans' push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The company attributed its action to mounting ...Read more

Obamacare is more popular than ever, so now Democrats get around to hitting GOP on it

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- Now that it's on the chopping block, Obamacare has never been more popular. And with Republican attempts at a rapid repeal sputtering, Democrats are hoping to exploit a legislative lull.

Ahead of a congressional recess next week, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are asking their members to host rallies, visit hospitals ...Read more

US uninsured rate hit record low last year

Health / Health & Fitness /

WASHINGTON -- The nation's uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In the first nine months of 2016, just 8.8 percent of Americans lacked health coverage, survey data from the ...Read more

Exercise-Deprived? The Fearless Path to Fitness

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I have a personal question. It's not intended to make you feel guilty (which is the mother of all useless emotions). It's meant to tickle your neurons and invite thought.

What keeps you from exercising more?

You know you should. Exercise is the miracle cure for whatever ails you. Feeling tired? Depressed? Overcome with PTSS (post-Trump ...Read more