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Employee Retirement Income Security Act Preemption

Traditionally, health care litigation, such as patients suing physicians or hospitals to recover monetary damages for medical injuries, is resolved by state courts. Before the rise of managed care, health insurance cases were litigated in state courts, often to decide whether an insurer should pay for care already provided. Managed care changes the policy and litigation context in two respects. With the integration of financing and care delivery under managed care, refusing coverage means denying care altogether. Then, if a plan subscriber challenges a denial, the health plan can invoke protection from liability under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's (ERISA's) preemption provision. Congress enacted ERISA in 1974 primarily to regulate pension plans, but also included health benefit plans within its scope.12 ERISA's goals are to establish uniform national standards safeguard employee benefits from loss or abuse and encourage employers to offer those benefits. To achieve...

Anticipate who will be affected by your decision

It is rare that our ethical decisions affect only a single client or a single colleague and no one else. A client may show up for a session drunk. How you define your responsibility may influence whether the client drives home drunk and kills a pedestrian. A colleague may begin to show signs of Alzheimer's. The choices you make may affect the safety and well-being of the colleague and the colleague's patients. A therapy client may tell you about embezzling pension funds. Therapist-patient confidentiality laws may direct you to tell no one else, and the client may refuse to discuss the issue. How you decide to respond may affect whether hundreds of families retain the pensions they earned or are thrown into poverty. An insurance claims manager may refuse to authorize additional sessions for a client you believe is at risk for killing his wife and children and then committing suicide. Your supervisor may agree with the manager that no more sessions are needed....

Antidiscrimination Legislation

Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) exempts self-insured health benefit plans from state insurance laws, so the employees of companies that participate in such plans have no protection. Many employers, especially small businesses, are self-insured, and rely upon commercial insurance companies to administer their health plans. These employer-funded self-insurance plans qualify for the ERISA exemption, and therefore do not have to comply with state mandates for services or state laws regarding genetic discrimination, involuntary testing, or privacy.

The recent UK experience of insurance and genetic testing

Genetics adviser and drafted a code of practice. The first HGAC report was published in December, 1997 (Human Genetics Advisory Commission, 1997). The report recommended a 2-year moratorium on genetic testing. Its conclusions are shown in Table 20.1. The ABI, a body representing around 95 of insurers in the UK, also reported their recommendations at the same time as the HGAC (Association of British Insurers, 1997). The ABI code of practice for genetic testing came into effect in January, 1998. The code had several important features (Table 20.2) and applied to all insurance, including life, permanent health, critical illness, and long-term care and medical expenses. Most 'relevant' UK insurance is predominantly life insurance linked to personal pensions, and property insurance (mortgage cover). As the UK NHS provides free health care, health insurance is less frequently purchased than in the USA, although there has been a recent increase in sales of personal health insurance cover...

Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

If the tumor is resectable, determine the patient's degree of anxiety about the illness, surgery, and recovery. If the tumor if malignant, assess the patient's ability to cope with lifestyle changes, possibly including early retirement. Assess the patient for extreme anxiety, emotional lability, personality changes, and psychosis.

Use Denied Motivation as Misdirection

Instead of honestly stating the motivation, the speaker seeks self-exoneration by talking about what the motivation was not. Denying an irrelevant charge that no one has made can be an effective rhetorical tactic. The denials are often true. For example, the person who repeatedly embezzles pension funds, uses substandard materials to build high rises, speeds while drunk, and stresses that he or she never meant to hurt anyone was probably not acting with the intention of making other people suffer.

Genetic Testing and Alzheimers Disease

In 2001, there was no treatment that prevented, much less cured, AD. Information regarding the risk of developing AD is useful only in life planning activities (such as purchasing or offering health insurance coverage or long-term care insurance coverage, or choosing retirement age) or in family planning. An individual's ability to cope with either an increased or a decreased risk may vary. Misuse of the information resulting in insurance or employment discrimination is possible. Absence of a causative gene mutation or of an APOEe4 susceptibility gene in either symptomatic or presymp-tomatic disease does not preclude AD as the cause of dementia or mean that the individual has no risk of developing AD in later years. see also Complex Traits Disease, Genetics of Gene Discovery Genetic Testing Inheritance Patterns Psychiatric Disorders.

Service for the County of Gwynedd

In those days funding came from the government via a body called the University Grants Committee. I remember shortly after my appointment that its chairman, Sir John Wolfenden, visited Bangor and made clear to the college senate that the government had no wish to dictate to universities how they should spend their money. I was fortunate to have been able to spend most of my academic life with these funding arrangements. In the 1980s, however, all this changed universities were told to apply to industry and elsewhere for funds to support their research. The result, not surprisingly, was that criteria for what was valuable in research were determined largely by market forces and by researchers' ability to convince the appropriate committees that their proposals were of value. It is symptomatic of the changed climate that, shortly before my retirement, I was told that, in addition to being head of the Department of Psychology, I was now head of a 'Cost Centre'

Trends In Education And Service

Reside once their families could no longer care for them. It appears that individuals with MR will live into retirement and outlive their parents. Unfortunately, when deinstititutionalization occurred, planning for adequate health care within the community did not take place. Children with MR live with chronic emotional, behavioral, developmental, or physical problems and thus use more health care and related services (Krauss & colleagues, 2003). More than 20 of children with MR, whose parents completed a national survey, had problems accessing health care, especially in getting referrals and finding well-trained providers. If the parent was also in poor health, the child was at greater risk. However, those who had Medicaid coverage and other public health coverage encountered few problems. Medical providers (e.g., dentists, nurses, opthamologists, physicians, psychologists) need more training to work with patients with

Social and occupational history

Several social or occupational factors can contribute to sleep-related complaints, necessitating evaluation. For example, ES and insomnia are common in shift workers and individuals whose occupations require frequent travel across time zones. Exposure to industrial toxins and chemicals can also produce sleep wake symptoms. Job loss and retirement can result in the loss of regularity in daily schedule, which is important in maintaining circadian rhythm consistency in some individuals, leading to erratic sleep wake hours and the complaints of insomnia and ES. Disruption in interpersonal relationships, family, job, and hobbies can cause anxiety and subsequent insomnia.

Androgen effects

The 20th century saw dramatic prolongation of life expectancy in developed countries. More people living longer in retirement creates a premium on strategies to promote healthy ageing (meaning, in this context, maintenance of enjoyable and independent living for the longest time with compression of morbidity into the shortest timeframe at the end of life). A focus on gainful coexistence with chronic ailments supplants the eradication of disease. Ameliorating disabilities that accrue during age could enhance quality of life regardless of its prolongation. Among strategies to improve health and well-being of the elderly, the judicious evidence-based use of hormonal therapy clearly warrants exploration. An important caveat is that since the best available evidence suggests that androgen replacement therapy does not influence life-expectancy (Handelsman 1998), beneficial effects of physiological androgen dosages are likely to be restricted to quality of life, for which instrumental...

Indirect Costs

Ing hours is high in that many patients are frequently absent from work or, in the very severe cases, are prompted to take early retirement. Moreover, the indirect costs resulting from reduced working activity are not attributable exclusively to the patients themselves they may also be generated by absenteeism on the part of those assisting the patient. Indeed, the same considerations made above, with regard to the mean number of hours devoted per day to cleaning institutionalized patients, are also valid with regard to patients who are assisted at home.

Human Relations

Unless otherwise covered by contract, psychologists make reasonable efforts to plan for facilitating services in the event that psychological services are interrupted by factors such as the psychologist's illness, death, unavailability, relocation, or retirement or by the client's patient's relocation or financial limitations. (See also Standard 6.02c, Maintenance, Dissemination, and Disposal of Confidential Records of Professional and Scientific Work.)

Bad Faith

For defendants, the question was how to insulate themselves from bad faith claims in cases that did not concern the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Under ERISA, the plaintiff can only collect the amount of the benefit denied punitive damages are not allowed. Fox exposed the industry's vulnerability to punitive damages in non-ERISA claims. In most of the cases, defendants were able to avoid bad faith damages by showing that their actions were reasonable under the circumstances and thus in good faith. Even community oncologists testifying for plaintiffs would admit that reasonable physicians could differ on HDC ABMT, making it difficult to show bad faith.