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Aetna, other payers on hot seat for allegedly discriminating against HIV patients

The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog filed a  lawsuit Friday against Aetna in federal court in San Diego, claiming the insurer discriminated against patients with HIV.  

Discrimination accusations plague insurers

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act was meant to stop insurers from discrimination against consumers with pre-existing or expensive-to-treat conditions. Yet many critics worry new barriers from healthcare insurers continually lead to certain bias,  reports the Associated Press.

Do insurers discriminate based on genetics?

Despite multiple claims that insurers discriminate against consumers based on genetic tests, no study has ever proven that theory true, according to a New York Times opinion piece.

CMS sets sights on nondiscrimination compliance

Insurers selling exchange plans that try to boost young adult enrollment by discriminating against consumers with significant health needs or disabilities should be wary of compliance reviews, according to new qualified health plan guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

40% of foreign-trained nurses report discrimination

Forty percent of foreign-educated nurses (FENs) in U.S. hospitals feel they are discriminated against in shift assignments, wages or benefits, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Nursing.

Does health data aggregation lead to bias?

Health information is especially vulnerable to the kinds of subtle discrimination that can result from big data analysis, says a researcher advocating a framework to help people understand their legal rights.

Experts: Lifestyle-based hiring bans a slippery slope

How much control do you have over staff behavior when they're not in the office? American Medical News looks at some trends in after-hours employee management and how to keep your policies from doing your practice more harm than good.

Fed officials caution against discriminatory med school admissions

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Justice and Department of Education are warning U.S. medical schools, nursing schools, dental schools and other health-related schools about hepatitis B discrimination in enrollment decisions, HHS announced.

The legality and ethics of refusing to treat overweight patients

Although physicians have the right to choose their patients, recent stories of doctors refusing to treat overweight or obese people have raised questions as to whether such practices rise to the level of discrimination.

Cook County settles physician lawsuits for $2.6M

The Cook County (Ill.) Board of Commissioners has agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle a lawsuit brought by three physicians who claimed they had been wrongfully terminated from their jobs at a public hospital.