According to Former Medical Director, Aetna, Nation’s Third Largest Insurer, Doesn’t Review Medical Records When Deciding Whether to Approve or Deny Coverage

According to Former Medical Director, Aetna, Nation’s Third Largest Insurer, Doesn’t Review Medical Records When Deciding Whether to Approve or Deny Coverage

California’s insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into healthcare provider Aetna after a former medical director testified under oath that he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.  The former Aetna official said that per the company’s training, he relied on nurses who reviewed individual patients’ records and made recommendations to him. Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma served as medical director for Aetna for Southern California from March 2012 to February 2015.  In that time,…

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Thomas Fire, Burning for More Than a Month Finally Contained Authorities Say

Thomas Fire, Burning for More Than a Month Finally Contained Authorities Say

The largest fire in California’s modern history is now 100% contained the US Forest Service said yesterday.  The Thomas Fire, as it was named, started on December 4 and has been burning since.  According to authorities, 281,900 acres have been consumed, more than the size of the cities of Dallas and Miami combined. The cause of the fire as of yet undetermined.  It was fueled by strong winds and by the dry fall and winter California seasons this year.  Dry…

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Death Toll from Violent Mudslides that Hit Southern California Stands at 17

Death Toll from Violent Mudslides that Hit Southern California Stands at 17

Deadly mudslides hit parts of California this week devastating entire communities and wreaking havoc on areas still recovering from deadly wildfires.  The death toll from the slides currently stands at 17. The mudslides were triggered by a heavy downpour early on Tuesday.  Residents describe the sound of the mudslides and the speed with which they moved through neighborhoods.  “Seemed like just heavy rain,” Ben Hyatt of Montecito, California, said. “Five minutes later, I heard a loud whish sound. Mud came…

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4.4 Magnitude Quake Hits Bay Area

4.4 Magnitude Quake Hits Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area was hit by an earthquake in the early morning hours on Thursday according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).  The quake was a 4.4 magnitude event and hit just after 2:30am local time.  Its epicenter was on the eastern edge of Berkeley and lasted about 10 seconds. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but enough people took to social media that it made the quake a top trending topic worldwide.  Berkeley…

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