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Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit

Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room. Wrong decision, according to her health insurer. Wrenne was diagnosed with a ruptured ovarian cyst, but Anthem said that wasn’t an emergency and stuck her with a $ 4,110 bill. “How are you supposed to know that?” said the 34-year-old from Lexington, Kentucky. “I’m not a doctor … that’s what the emergency room is for.”…

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Officials say Trump's opioid emergency won't mean new money

President Donald Trump’s plan to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency won’t bring new dollars to fight a scourge that kills nearly 100 Americans each day, but will expand access to medical services in rural areas and shift some federal HIV money to help addicts, among other changes, White House officials said Thursday. Trump intended to use an afternoon speech to announce that he was directing his acting health and human services secretary to take those steps, according to the officials, who weren’t authorized to publicly discuss…

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What to know about hepatitis A, as California outbreak triggers state of emergency

As California finds itself in the grips of the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreak in more than two decades, health officials are taking emergency measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease. On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in light of the outbreak that has killed at least 18 people, hospitalized 386 and infected at least 578 in the state as of this past weekend, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). “This outbreak is different than any other we have seen…

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Oscars board stages emergency Harvey Weinstein meeting

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is to review Harvey Weinstein’s membership at an emergency meeting. The 54-member board is made up of actors, directors, and film executives, including Tom Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, and Steven Spielberg. The academy, which organises the Oscars, previously called Mr Weinstein’s actions “abhorrent”. The movie mogul has been accused of a string of sexual assaults and rape. The emergency meeting follows an avalanche of accusations against the producer by more than two dozen women, including actresses Angelina Jolie,…

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Harvey Weinstein: Oscars academy to hold emergency talks

The hosts of the Oscars are to hold emergency talks to consider the future role of film mogul Harvey Weinstein following claims of sexual misconduct. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein were “repugnant”. Bafta, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has already suspended his membership. Weinstein strongly denies the allegations against him. In another development, police in New York told the BBC they were looking to speak to an individual regarding an allegation against Weinstein dating from 2004….

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Hurricane Irma: UK territory declares state of emergency

A state of emergency has been declared in a British Overseas Territory hit by Hurricane Irma. British Virgin Islands governor Gus Jaspert said there were reports of casualties and fatalities, and help had been requested from the UK. He said radio and other communication channels were extremely limited. The UK government has increased the relief fund for British overseas territories devastated by Hurricane Irma to £32m. The announcement – increasing the fund from £12m – was made by Prime Minister Theresa May as she said the government had responded “swiftly”…

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Emergency room changes save Queensland hospitals millions

A new method of assessing patients with chest pain for heart attack risk has saved Queensland hospitals millions of dollars. A new “accelerated diagnostic protocol” (ADP), known as ADAPT, was introduced to 16 hospitals from October 2013 to November 2015. A different method for assessing emergency department patients with chest pain has freed up millions of dollars for Queensland hospitals. Photo: Louise Kennerley The Accelerated Chest Pain Risk Evaluation – or ACRE – project tested the results of the study in Queensland hospitals and was funded by Queensland Health. Outcomes were…

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