Class Action Lawsuit Against Health Insurance Company Alleges Improper Coverage Denial for Necessary Medical Treatment

Robert S. Gianelli, Los Angeles Insurance Attorney

Robert S. Gianelli, Los Angeles Insurance Attorney

Gianelli & Morris

Gianelli & Morris

Insurance law firm Gianelli & Morris filed a complaint against Anthem, Inc. for improper coverage denials of Coflex device to treat lumbar spinal stenosis.

Despite the fact that surgery with Coflex has been FDA-approved for years and is recommended by top spine surgeons across the country, Anthem categorically denies it as “investigational."”

— Robert S. Gianelli

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On July 29, 2021, the California insurance law firm Gianelli & Morris filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The case is Brenda Honeycutt v. Anthem, Inc. (Case No.: 2:21-cv-6124). The complaint seeks benefits due under the insurance policy at issue, clarification of rights and future benefits, a class-wide injunction, and disgorgement of profits from the alleged wrongful denial of policy benefits, among other relief.

The complaint alleges that Anthem, Inc. and its subsidiaries improperly denied claims for surgery with Coflex, an interlaminar stabilization device to treat lumbar spinal stenosis.

According to court documents, lumbar spinal stenosis is a debilitating and degenerative disease affecting 1.6 million patients annually. The disease causes significant leg and back pain, numbness and weakness. Traditional surgical treatment options include decompression by removing bone and soft tissue, sometimes accompanied by a fusion of vertebrae to stabilize the spine.

Coflex is an “interlaminar stabilization device” that is inserted through a minimal incision to keep the decompressed area of the spine open and table. When combined with Coflex, decompression procedures are alleged to be more durable and sustainable, with patients less likely to need a reoperation or other future intervention. Court documents allege that Coflex obtains improved results over decompression alone, causes less trauma and a faster recovery period than fusion, and is not inferior to decompression with fusion.

Lawsuit Says Requests to Use Coflex Are Categorically Denied

Documents filed with the court allege that Anthem categorically denies all requests for Coflex as investigational and not medically necessary. Specifically, the plaintiffs’ complaint quotes from Anthem’s Medical Policy for Implanted Devices for Spinal Stenosis, SURG.00092, an internal company guideline that deems the use of Coflex “investigational and not medically necessary.”
According to the complaint, in denying Ms. Honeycutt’s request for Coflex, Anthem relied on its coverage guideline to say Coflex was not needed to keep the decompressed space open and to claim that not enough studies have been conducted to show Coflex is safe and effective. The complaint alleges that Anthem has a practice of relying on this guideline to deny all claims for Coflex without regard to the individual patient’s medical condition, need, or qualification for the device.

The complaint quotes from the plaintiff’s Anthem plan that defines an investigational procedure as one that lacks final approval from the appropriate government regulatory body, lacks credible scientific evidence published in peer-reviewed medical literature, has not been proven materially to improve the patient’s net health outcome, has not shown to be as beneficial as any established alternative, and has not shown improvement outside investigational settings.

In response to Anthem’s assertions of Coflex as investigational, the complaint alleges that Coflex is a Class III medical device approved by the FDA in 2012 through the agency’s premarket approval process that requires clinical human trials and numerous studies and investigations of the device’s safety and effectiveness. The complaint further alleges that Coflex has been the subject of additional peer-reviewed clinical studies, has received wide adoption by spine surgeons nationwide, and has garnered positive coverage recommendations from the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, the North American Spine Society, the American Pain Society and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Lead plaintiff’s attorney Rob Gianelli stated, “Anthem has denied necessary medical treatment for its members with serious back conditions who need surgery with Coflex. Despite the fact that surgery with Coflex has been FDA-approved for years, is recommended by top spine surgeons across the country, and frees patients from chronic pain and disability, Anthem categorically denies it as “investigational.” This class action lawsuit seeks to remedy that injustice.”

This class-action complaint is filed on behalf of all persons covered under ERISA health plans, self-funded or fully insured, that are administered by Anthem and whose claims for Coflex were denied on the basis the treatment is investigational and not medically necessary. The lawsuit seeks clarification that Coflex is covered and is not investigational or non medically necessary. The plaintiff further seeks a reevaluation of all the denied claims without the allegedly erroneous denial bases, along with a clarification of the members’ rights to future benefits. Plaintiff is also seeking a judicial order declaring that the denials at issue were wrong and improper and requiring Anthem to retract the allegedly erroneous medical policy language and notify all class members of the retraction. The lawsuit requests a surcharge in the form of an accounting and disgorgement of any profits made and retained through the improper denial of claims, along with payment of attorneys’ fees and such other equitable and remedial relief as the court may deem just and proper.

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Robert Bradley receives $250,000 from Washington Research Foundation to develop small molecules to boost immunotherapies

Proprietary technology being created through Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center collaboration

Early data show that combining our technology with checkpoint inhibitors should safely and effectively target a whole host of cancers. It isn’t limited to a single target.”

— Robert Bradley, Ph.D.

SEATTLE, WA, USA, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Robert Bradley, Ph.D., has been awarded a $250,000 technology commercialization grant to develop small molecules that have the potential to improve immunotherapies for a broad range of cancers. This is the largest award to date from a $750,000 grant Washington Research Foundation (WRF) gave to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) in February to accelerate life sciences research with significant potential for public benefit. Bradley and his team are collaborating with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for this project.

In recent years, a cancer immunotherapy known as immune checkpoint blockade has shown remarkable success in treating previously intractable cancers. Immune checkpoint inhibitors work by removing the normal checks and balances on T cells that naturally exist to prevent an immune response from going into overdrive and destroying healthy cells. Removing these so-called checkpoint inhibitors enables T cells to more vigorously attack tumors. However, immune checkpoint therapies do not always work for patients, and one reason is thought to be the lack of “neoantigens” on tumor cells, which mark the cells as a target for the immune system.

Bradley, the McIlwain Family Endowed Chair in Data Science and a professor in Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences and Basic Sciences Divisions, has demonstrated a novel approach to force tumor cells to produce more neoantigens and therefore give a needed boost to immune checkpoint therapy. He showed that neoantigens can be induced by altering ribonucleic acid (RNA) splicing within cancer cells, and that the production of these neoantigens can make immune checkpoint blockade more effective. Since neoantigens are preferentially produced in cancer cells by the small molecules that Bradley is developing, healthy cells remain largely unaffected by the enhanced activation of T cells due to immune checkpoint blockade therapy.

“Immune checkpoint blockade essentially takes the brakes off the immune system and is very effective for some patients,” said Bradley. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for most because the treatment can become so effective that it also attacks healthy cells and causes intolerable side effects. Early data show that combining our technology with checkpoint inhibitors should safely and effectively target a whole host of cancers. It isn’t limited to a single target.”

The promise shown by Bradley’s work for a novel, safe and effective therapy to improve outcomes for patients with untreatable or difficult-to-treat cancers was key to WRF’s support of the project, said Meher Antia, Ph.D., WRF’s director of grant programs.

WRF’s funding will enable Bradley and his colleagues to further develop proprietary small molecules and demonstrate that their approach is safe and effective as they progress their research toward commercialization.

“We are confident that we will make significant progress in the next year. With that in mind, we are looking to establish commercial partnerships that will enable our technology to get to patients as soon as possible,” said Bradley.

About Washington Research Foundation:

Washington Research Foundation (WRF) supports research and scholarship in Washington state, with a focus on life sciences and enabling technologies.

WRF was founded in 1981 to assist universities and other nonprofit research institutions in Washington with the commercialization and licensing of their technologies. WRF is one of the foremost technology transfer and grant-making organizations in the nation, having earned more than $445 million in licensing revenue for the University of Washington and providing over $122 million in grants to the state's research institutions to date.

WRF Capital, the Foundation’s venture investment arm, has backed 113 local startups since 1994. Returns from these investments support grant-making activities at WRF.

For additional information, please visit www.wrfseattle.org.

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St. George, Utah Prime IV Members See Consistent Results with Their Health

Prime IV Hydration & Wellness - St. George, Utah

Prime IV Hydration & Wellness – St. George, Utah

Consistency is key when it comes to taking care of your health and improving your life–IV hydration therapy can make a difference.

We have found that more and more of our members enjoy consistently adding an IV drip to their monthly routine. The sum of these small consistent actions over time yields amazing results.”

— Heidi Neville, owner of Prime IV St George

ST. GEORGE, UTAH, UNITED STATES, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Consistency is key when it comes to taking care of your health and improving your life. IV therapy is becoming one of the more popular ways that people are choosing to IMPROVE. IV therapy has shown to be beneficial for many conditions. Prime IV St. George offers monthly memberships that allow you to choose from a variety of amazing drips, discounts, and even more incentives to make your health a priority.

“Anyone who is serious about their health will tell you of the steps they consistently take to remain fit,” said Heidi Neville, owner. “We have found that more and more of our members enjoy consistently adding an IV drip to their monthly routine. The sum of these small consistent actions over time can yield amazing results.”

One of our faithful members, Charlie, said the following in his five-star review, “I love getting my IV twice a month. Keeps my 73-year-old body energized.”

Many people do not realize that vitamin deficiencies may be at the root of all their health problems. Vitamin deficiencies are associated with:

– Fatigue
– Dizziness
– Muscle weakness
– Immune problems
– Chronic pain
– Decreased mood

According to many studies, the vast majority (92%) of Americans are deficient in at least one vitamin. However, most don’t realize that vitamin deficiencies cannot be fixed overnight. Oral supplements can take months or years to correct these levels. IV hydration, while not an immediate fix, allows your body to absorb 100% of the nutrients, rather than the fraction that you receive from supplements.

That’s why we offer a variety of different members levels to accommodate these needs. Consistent IV hydration can help your nutrient levels to stabilize over time and remain in the optimal range.

“One IV cannot adequately correct years of vitamin deficiency,” said Neville. “Our members find that regular attention makes a significant difference.”

If you’re new to Prime IV therapy, here are the benefits of IV treatments:

• Intravenously is the most effective way to absorb vitamins and nutrients.
• You feel better immediately after the session – an effect that is enhanced with consistent treatments. You will likely feel clear-minded, energized, and revitalized.
• It’s quick! You can do it on your lunch break or between meetings for a little boost.
• It can be used as part of a treatment plan for many chronic conditions like fatigue, pain, depression, migraines, and others.
• It’s a powerful immune booster – no winter sickness around here thanks!
• It’s deeply hydrating, working at a cellular level.
• It’s customizable based on your symptoms.
• It actually WORKS.

Why Choose a Membership?
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A membership at Prime IV makes it easy to stick to your health goals by ensuring your body continuously achieves optimal levels of hydration, vitamins, & minerals. Ensure you experience the highest results possible by consistently bringing your body back to the its desired levels.

With an abundance of appointment times and rollovers for the months that you miss, a Prime IV Membership is always flexible for your busy lifestyle. Miss an appointment? No worries! You can have two next month. And with a variety of drips to choose from, your membership is also flexible when it comes to your ever-changing health needs.

Membership Packages
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Prime IV offers a variety of membership packages designed to help you achieve and maintain your 2021 health goals. Prices range from $49 to $259 per month, and services include:

Flex
• 2 B-12 or Lipolean shot
• 10% OFF ANY Drip! Any Time!
• 10% Discount on DNA – Lab Testing

Select
• 1 Primary Drip of your choice
• 1 B-12 or Lipolean shot
• VIP Status & Massage Chair access
• Oxygen Treatment

Essentials
• ANY Primary Drip of your choice
• 2 B-12 or Lipolean shot
• VIP Status & Massage Chair access
• Oxygen Treatment
• 15% OFF any additional drips and injections

Transformation
• ANY 2 Primary Drip of your choice
• 3 injections of your choice (including Vitamin D)
• VIP Status & Massage Chair access
• Oxygen Treatment
• 20% OFF any additional drips and injections
• 10% discount on DNA – Lab Testing

About Us
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Prime IV Hydration & Wellness St. George is staffed by people who are passionate about health and wellness. Based on the growing need for additional health and wellness solutions, our infusion specialists deliver personal consultations as well as higher doses and better formulas than you will find elsewhere. We endeavor to educate people about their personal health and wellness while providing top-of-the-line vitamin cocktails unlike what others currently offer. We strive to provide a spa-like experience while giving the public an alternative to pills or other substances that are not all natural and could be harmful to the body if used long term.

Prime IV Hydration & Wellness now has four Utah locations with stores in St. George, Lehi, Riverwoods (Provo), and South Jordan.
Contact this location directly online at www.primeivstg.com, via email at info@primeivstg.com, or by calling 435.522.5005.

Prime IV St. George is a franchisee of Prime IV Hydration & Wellness based in Colorado Springs, CO. For details, visit www.primeivhydration.com.

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Transform Your Health and Vitality with the Myers Cocktail

One of our most popular vitamin infusions—and the one that started it all—is the Myers Cocktail.

Dr. Myers believed in the powerful benefits of nutritional therapy and pioneered the use of intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy to treat the body without relying on pharmaceuticals.”

— Heidi Neville, owner of Prime IV Lehi

LEHI, UTAH, UNITED STATES, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — There are many different options available to you when you visit Prime IV Hydration & Wellness, depending on your symptoms and goal. One of our most popular vitamin infusions—and the one that started it all—is the Myers Cocktail. Whether you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, fatigue, or a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, the Myers Cocktail has been created to help you feel more alive and vital.

If you’re new to IV therapy and are yet to come across the Myers Cocktail, this news is for you. We’re going to cover everything you need to know about the Myers Cocktail: its benefits, history, science, and uses. So without further ado, let’s get started.

What is the Myers Cocktail?
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Before we get into the history of the Myers Cocktail, let’s first cover exactly what it is. As outlined in a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the Myers Cocktail includes:

– Magnesium
– Calcium gluconate
– B vitamins, including Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12
– Vitamin C

Where did the Myers Cocktail come from?
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The Myers Cocktail was created by and named after the late Dr. John Myers, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Myers created a formula of vitamins and minerals to be administered intravenously, to help with a wide range of clinical conditions. This formula became commonly known as the Myers Cocktail.

Dr. Myers believed in the powerful benefits of nutritional therapy and pioneered the use of intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy to treat the body without relying on pharmaceuticals. This holistic approach to healthcare is more common nowadays but was innovative in the 1960s.

Despite this, Dr. Myers’ practice increased in popularity, with some patients receiving IV therapy twice weekly for years, with one study published in 2002 claiming that many of Dr. Myers' patients received continual therapy for 25 years or more. In fact, over an 11-year period, an estimated 15,000 IV treatments were administered to approximately 1,000 different patients, all suffering from acute or chronic health conditions.

What conditions can be treated with the Myers Cocktail?
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As outlined in the study above, Dr. Myers treated a wide variety of conditions with the Myers Cocktail. These included:

– Fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome)
– Acute migraines
– Asthma
– Fibromyalgia
– Acute muscle spasm
– Upper respiratory tract infections
– Chronic sinusitis 
– Seasonal allergies

And these conditions, less commonly:

Autoimmune Diseases
– Hyperthyroidism
– Painful menstrual periods
– Lyme Disease
– Hives

Aside from treating patients with these conditions, Dr. Myers also administered the vitamin and mineral formula to healthy patients who were looking to boost their overall wellbeing.

Thanks to the combination of vitamins and minerals in the Myers Cocktail, detoxifying effects can be seen. With the addition of Glutathione, those detoxifying effects may be enhanced.

At Prime IV Hydration & Wellness, the Myers Cocktail continues to be the best-selling IV infusion. Many of our customers use it to treat the conditions listed, whilst others just want to give their immune system a little boost, to prevent and shorten the duration of sickness, increase their energy levels, and to revive their vitality.

How does the Myers Cocktail work?
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IV therapy involves pumping your body with vitamins and fluids to efficiently replenish and deeply hydrate your body at a cellular level. When you receive the Myers Cocktail IV infusion, you are increasing your blood concentration of the vitamins and minerals it includes.

You may be wondering why you can’t just take this as a supplement, but it has been shown in research that taking vitamins and minerals intravenously increases blood concentrations fifty times more than when taking a supplement.

When you increase your blood concentration of certain vitamins and minerals, you may be replenishing any deficiencies that may be present, contributing to the symptoms you’re experiencing. Nutrient deficiencies contribute to, if not entirely cause,  several health conditions and symptoms.

For example, studies have shown that magnesium and B12 deficiencies can worsen, or manifest as, fibromyalgia symptoms. This is due to the role of these vitamins in nerve health and transmission.

Even if you’re not experiencing any specific symptoms, nutrient deficiencies impact your energy levels, muscle strength, respiratory system, appetite, digestion, and more. This may be barely noticeable or debilitating—but can be treated easily with an IV infusion like Myers Cocktail.

What does the research say about Myers Cocktail?
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A placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind study (the gold standard of research!) treated fibromyalgia patients with the Myers Cocktail versus a placebo. The group treated with the Myers Cocktail noted significant improvements in their symptoms, specifically improved tender points, pain, depression, and quality of life, following eight weeks of treatment. 

Another study looked at the effects of adding magnesium to vitamin C infusions, as per the Myers Cocktail. The researchers found that doing so, enhanced the anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin C. This has profound implications.

A study reported benefits from treating seasonal allergic rhinitis with the Myers Cocktail and reducing the frequency and intensity of asthma attacks. This was supported in a study that looked at the effects of intravenous magnesium, a key component of the Myers Cocktail, for asthma, found that it reduced hospitalizations by 90 percent.

Finally, a study found that within minutes of receiving the Myers Cocktail IV, symptoms relating to upper respiratory infections drastically decrease. This is because the IV is supplying the body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to fight pathogens, boost immune function, and prevent sickness.

Summary
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The Myers Cocktail can transform your health and wellbeing within minutes. The well-established basis of research that supports the use of the Myers Cocktail gives an insight into how powerful this holistic treatment can be. Dr. Myers himself was able to rid many thousands of individuals of their health conditions through intravenous nutritional therapy, and now it is available for you.

Why wait another day suffering from a condition impacting your wellness and vitality? Choose to take charge of your health the natural way, with the Myers Cocktail. Contact Prime IV Hydration & Wellness to book your infusion now!

About Us
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Prime IV Hydration & Wellness – Lehi (Traverse Mountain) is staffed by people who are passionate about health and wellness. Based on the growing need for additional health and wellness solutions, our infusion specialists deliver personal consultations as well as higher doses and better formulas than you will find elsewhere. We endeavor to educate people about their personal health and wellness while providing top-of-the-line vitamin cocktails unlike what others currently offer. We strive to provide a spa-like experience while giving the public an alternative to pills or other substances that are not all natural and could be harmful to the body if used long term.

Prime IV Hydration & Wellness now has four Utah locations with stores in St. George, Lehi, Riverwoods (Provo), and South Jordan. Contact this location directly online at www.primeivlehi.com, via email at info@primeivlehi.com, or by calling 385-250-3555.

Prime IV Lehi is a franchisee of Prime IV Hydration & Wellness based in Colorado Springs, CO. For details, visit www.primeivhydration.com.

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Accessing Epidemiology Data Just Got Easier: Introducing GIDEON R for Researchers

Screenshot of the GIDEON R package in use

GIDEON R package in use

GIDEON API R wrapper package (in beta) brings all the benefits of R to epidemiological research. Access GIDEON infectious diseases database with minimal coding.

We want researchers to focus on what they do best – using epidemiology to help the world understand and prepare for infectious disease outbreaks”

— Uri Blackman

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — GIDEON Informatics, the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network, announced their new GIDEON API R wrapper package in beta. GIDEON R offers researchers the power to analyze data from the GIDEON infectious diseases database without programming REST API queries.

GIDEON is one of the most well-known references for infectious diseases and their global occurrences since the 1900s. The database is updated daily with information on 25,000+ ongoing and historical infectious disease outbreaks, granular disease-specific maps, detailed tracking of zoonotic diseases across countries, and insights on over 360 infectious diseases, 2000+ pathogens, and 30,000 drugs and vaccines. Also featured are 23,600 country-specific notes with over three million words of text that outline the status of specific infections within each country.

“We want researchers to focus on what they do best – using epidemiology to help the world understand and prepare for infectious disease outbreaks,” says Uri Blackman, CEO at GIDEON Informatics. “In just the past three years, almost 200 scientific studies that used GIDEON data were published. Now with GIDEON R, many more researchers can access valuable infectious disease data with minimal coding.”

Researchers who already tried the beta version of the GIDEON R package found it extremely efficient.

“I am experimenting with the new R wrapper and I just love it,” said Dr. Nermin Ghith, a Post-doctoral researcher at the Technical University of Denmark.

The COVID-19 pandemic put a huge spotlight on the importance of analyzing data on infectious disease outbreaks in real-time. With the popularity and ease of global travel, a pathogen can spread to all corners of the globe in just a weekend. Infectious disease specialists, public health officials, and frontline clinicians are under greater pressure to increase vigilance for emerging infectious diseases. GIDEON R empowers faster access to the historical and current outbreak and infectious disease data.

The GIDEON R package brings simplicity, convenience, flexibility, and reproducibility to the world of epidemiological research. Research teams can get straight to the analytics using the GIDEON database. There is no need for advanced programming skills or wasted time testing and sequencing API calls, validating parameters, and fixing other issues before they start.

Using GIDEON R, researchers can create scripts and simulate all data analysis steps. This way, scientists can perform different runs without worrying about changes to the process. Additionally, using R, researchers can create any type of graph or chart, simple or advanced. GIDEON R also facilitates global collaboration. It is compatible with any platform – it does not matter if you use Windows, Mac, or another system.

R is a free, open-source programming language that is rapidly gaining popularity in the field of research. It is already a regular fixture in standard data analytics university programs. Public Health agencies and epidemiological researchers are increasingly using R for their studies and reports.

The GIDEON R package is available today for researchers, infectious disease specialists, public health officials, medical librarians, and more.
For more information, contact info@gideononline.com

About GIDEON Informatics:

GIDEON Informatics exists to advance the global effort against Infectious Disease. The company was founded in 1992 and produces the GIDEON web application and an ebook series for health professionals and educators.

GIDEON toolkit helps protect society by providing reliable, timely epidemiological data. The application saves doctors precious time in diagnosing and treating infectious diseases and provides state-of-the-art tools to train the healthcare workers of tomorrow.

Hundreds of customers from around the world, including educational institutions, hospitals, public health departments, and microbiology laboratories, have chosen GIDEON as their diagnosis-and-reference tool for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. GIDEON Informatics is managed by an experienced executive team and maintains a distinguished medical advisory board.

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CCHR Says the Olympics Raise Mental Health Concerns but not Treatment Harms

CCHR Says the Olympics Raise Mental Health Concerns but not Treatment Harms

The Tokyo Olympics has shown importance of athletes’ mental health, but this shouldn’t be equated with “mental illness” that can lead to forced and damaging treatment with psychotropics, electroshock and other brain interventions.

The Tokyo Olympics has shown importance of athletes’ mental health but shouldn’t be equated with “mental illness” that can lead to forced and damaging treatment

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR) says that the Olympic Games in Tokyo has raised the importance of mental health issues but says there needs to be a clear distinction between this and mental “illness” treatment today. For decades, psychiatrists have re-defined mental health as “mental disorder” or “illness,” which has stigmatized individuals and led them onto a path of physically damaging treatment that can harm them, but not cures.

CCHR says that because of this, a psychiatric apartheid has occurred, where mental health policy or practice has separated and segregated groups deemed to be mentally ill and discriminated against them with forced hospitalization and treatment, which can be brutal. Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International says “It can ruin mental health, rather than improve it.”

“The Olympics has brought to light the stresses of athletes competing, their grueling training routines and being under constant public pressure and expectations to win ‘gold.’ It stands to reason that having a solid mental health outlook is a vital part of such challenges but that this can also falter. CCHR applauds all the athletes for not just their dedication and courage but also their service to sport and their respective countries,” Eastgate states.

However, she points out that for more than 50 years, CCHR has exposed and continues to expose rampant psychiatric abuse and treatments that harm mental health. The group’s Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights, written in 1969, lays out 30 points that, if largely implemented by governments and health departments across the globe, could, prevent such abuse from occurring and so enable people to achieve true mental health—a positive outlook both emotionally and in thoughts and actions that enables a better life, not hampered by physically damaging “treatments.”

CCHR points out that psychiatrists diagnose by using descriptive names based on biased observation to redefine not doing well mentally as a physical disease—with not a single medical or scientific test to confirm this. Post WWII, they used the term “mental hygiene” which became synonymous with eugenics and euthanasia and changed the term to avoid negative connotations. Today, it is broadly called “mental health,” but it is important to differentiate between this and psychiatry’s definition of “mental disorder.” The two should not be confused, CCHR says, to avoid being trapped into thinking that a mind-altering drug or electroshock is a medical solution.

In medicine, strict criteria exist for calling a condition a disease: a predictable group of symptoms and the cause of the symptoms or an understanding of their physiology (function) must be proven and established. Chills and fever are symptoms. Harvard Medical School psychiatrist Joseph Glenmullen says that in psychiatry, “all of its diagnoses are merely syndromes [or disorders], clusters of symptoms presumed to be related, not diseases.” Dr. Darshak Sanghavi, clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School also wrote that “there is no blood test or brain scan for major depression. No geneticist can diagnose schizophrenia.”[1]

Although the brain is part of the nervous system, which receives and sends impulses into the body’s system, there’s no scientific proof that mental health thinking physically resides in the brain. But psychiatric drugs and electroshock impact brain function.

The psychotropic drugs prescribed to athletes tend to favor those that are “energizing” and less likely to commonly cause sedation, weight gain, cardiac side effects, and tremor. Side effects may be debilitating for the athlete because of potential performance impairment. Even “energizing” drugs such as antidepressants can cause tiredness, dizziness, weight gain, anxiety, aggression, unusual changes in behavior or mood.[2] Psychostimulants adverse effects include angina, blood pressure changes, blurred vision, depression, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, nervousness, seizures and even psychosis.[3]

These “work” by influencing the normal functions of the body: they speed up or slow them down or overwhelm them. They “mask” mental problems. Meanwhile, they tend to wear out your body. Like a car run on rocket fuel, a person may be able to get it to run a thousand miles an hour to the end of the block, but the tires, the engine and the internal parts fly apart in doing so. “What ends up happening,” wrote Dr. Beth McDougall, a health center medical director, “is that someone feels good for a while and then very often they have to have their dose increased. And then they feel good for a while and then they might have to have it increased again, or maybe they’ll switch agents.” But, “you’re not actually getting to the root of what’s going on.”[4]

CCHR warns that legitimate informed consent does not exist in the mental health system when it fails to inform those needing help that a mental disorder diagnosis is not based on scientific tests and, therefore, any treatment ensuing from this, constitutes “torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” According to United Nations agencies and the World Health Organization, forced treatment amounts to torture.

A UN Special Rapporteur on health, Dr. Danius Puras said: “There is now unequivocal evidence of the failures of a system that relies too heavily on the biomedical model,” including psychotropic drugs.[5]

Eastgate sums up: “It is important for people to know the differences between mental health and psychiatric ‘disease,’ and to be informed of the failures of the psychiatric profession in ensuring mental health is actually achieved.”

CCHR has been responsible for more than 190 laws that have enacted protections based on its Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights and urges individuals seeking help to review this and what should be their inalienable rights when choosing how to get mental health help. See also CCHR’s Psychiatric Drugs Side Effects Search Engine.

[1] “Prozac Backlash by Joseph Glenmullen, M.D.,” http://www.webheights.net/depression/glenm/pb.htm; Dr. Darshak Sanghavi, “Health Care System Leaves Mentally Ill Children Behind,” The Boston Globe, 27 Apr. 2004, http://www.darshaksanghavi.com/columns/mentally%20ill.htm

[2] Rachel Reiff Ellis, “What Are the Side Effects of Antidepressants?” WebMD, 5 Sept. 2019, https://www.webmd.com/depression/side-effects-antidepressants

[3] Psychostimulants: The fact about the effects, CCHR International, https://www.cchr.org/sites/default/files/education/psychostim-booklet.pdf

[4] Ibid.

[5] https://www.cchrint.org/2021/06/07/un-special-rapporteur-dainius-puras-addresses-psychiatrys-global-coercion-crisis/, citing: “World needs ‘revolution’ in mental health care – UN rights expert,” 2017, http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=21689&LangID=E#sthash.MMIxDbIx.dpuf

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eCare21 Announces Integration Compatibility with PointClickCare Platform

Partnership improves transition of patient care for providers within Long-Term and Post-Acute Care communities.

Our transitions of care management program utilizes eCare21 to provide seamless, comprehensive, patient centered team-based transitions of care and chronic care management.”

— Dr. Amina Ahmed, MD, CareOne, CMO

TAMPA, FL, U.S., August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — eCare21, Inc. (www.ecare21.com), the industry leader in virtual care is pleased to announce that it has recently become a PointClickCare Marketplace Partner. Through its Marketplace and Marketplace Partners, PointClickCare, the leading cloud-based software vendor for the senior care market, offers the LTPAC market’s largest ecosystem of integrated software and service solutions. “Our partnership with eCare21, and other Marketplace partners, is further testament to our continually growing partner network and ecosystem, and the wealth of possibilities it provides our customers to extend their technology capabilities.” says Chris Beekman, Marketplace Director, PointClickCare.

eCare21 technology provides a comprehensive end-to-end patient care solution to providers across the healthcare ecosystem to better manage chronic conditions remotely, improve care decision making, and reduce hospitalizations.

Through this Marketplace partnership, eCare21 has completed an integration with the PointClickCare platform that will enable care providers using their solution to optimize their technology solutions to deliver seamless transitions of patient data within the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) community. eCare21 provides a secure, cloud-based virtual care solution that improves communications among healthcare organizations, patients, and caregivers by integrating remote patient monitoring, chronic care management, medication adherence, telehealth, and billing into Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other systems to create a single comprehensive patient view that enables better information sharing, better decision making, and better outcomes.

By utilizing a FHIR integration solution developed in partnership with CYBX (www.cyberionix.com), eCare21 ensures continuous compliance with ONC interoperability requirements.

eCare21 bridges the technology and data gaps that are found within healthcare systems, leading to better patient management, reduced costs, and improved outcomes. By providing a single, comprehensive solution that seamlessly integrates with EHRs and other data sources, eCare21 empowers clinicians to make better decisions based on a complete patient record.

This comprehensive perspective enables provider organizations to achieve:
– Increased physician, patient, and caregiver collaboration
– Improved health outcomes, lower costs, and reduced risk
– Increased transparency of patient information for patient and extended care team
– Increased visibility and functionality at all points of chronic care management

eCare21’s Patient Engagement Center (PEC) provides a clinically staffed patient and care management resource that supports patient on-boarding, monitoring, care management, and escalation to providers based on individualized workflows. This process provides efficient use of provider clinical resources, enabling them to practice at the top of their license.

"eCare21’s ability to integrate into the PointClickCare platform contributes to creating robust longitudinal patient medical records. eCare21 is the first virtual care solution we have used that bridges the vital data gaps which occur during patient transitions, " says Dr. Amina Ahmed, MD, (CMO, CareOne). "eCare 21’s connectivity with RPM technology further enhances the provider’s ability to virtually monitor patients in real-time. Our transitions of care management program utilizes eCare21 to provide seamless, comprehensive, patient centered team-based transitions of care and chronic care management. eCare21 is CareOne’s choice for delivering the right care, right time and right place."

The PointClickCare Marketplace is a network of authorized third-party technology partners that enable customers to easily evaluate solutions provided by its extended network. The Marketplace is the industry’s most complete ecosystem of LTPAC solutions for companies and solutions in senior care that complement and integrate with the PointClickCare platform.

About eCare21
Better care starts with better information and better communication among providers, patients, and caregivers. eCare21’s Virtual Care Platform bridges existing data and care gaps with a single solution that ties together EHRs, remote patient monitoring, chronic care management, virtual visits, and more, giving clinicians a complete record of patient data to make better decisions, leading to better outcomes.

For more information on how eCare21’s end to end virtual care solution improves efficiency and communication for clinicians, health systems, payers, patients, and more, please contact us at info@ecare21.com or visit our website at www.eCare21.com

About PointClickCare
With a suite of fully-integrated applications powered by cloud-based healthcare software, PointClickCare leads the way in helping care providers connect, collaborate, and share data within their network. PointClickCare provides diverse care teams across the care continuum real-time patient insights at any stage of a patient’s healthcare journey, enabling better decision making and improved clinical outcomes at lower cost. Over 21,000 long-term and acute/post-acute care providers, and over 1,300 hospitals, use PointClickCare today. For more information on PointClickCare’s software solutions, visit pointclickcare.com.

Contact:

eCare21, Inc.
Vadim Cherdak
CEO and Founder
vcherdak@ecare21.com

PointClickCare Technologies
Jennifer McCrindle
Media and Public Relations Manager
Jennifer.McCrindle@pointclickcare.com

Marketing Dept.
eCare21, Inc.
+1 888-970-4628
info@ecare21.com


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Oxygen Plant with 283 LPM capacity inaugurated at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in Bangalore

Oxygen Plant Ribbon cutting at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in Bangalore

Oxygen Plant Ribbon cutting at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in Bangalore

Oxygen Plant at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in Bangalore

Oxygen Plant at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in Bangalore

As the fight against the Covid-19 continues, the collaboration of the social welfare and private sector to augment the medical infrastructure will further accelerate the relief efforts.”

— Dr Satish Jain

BANGALORE, KARNATAKA, INDIA, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — A much-needed oxygen plant has been installed in Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, Padmanabhanagar in Bangalore this Tuesday.

Ms.Deeksha Dinesh, Trustee of Ashraya Hastha Trust along with Dr Satish Jain President of Maharaja Agrasen Hospital on Tuesday 3rd August 2021 inaugurated medical oxygen plant set up at the Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, Padmanabhanagar in Bangalore primarily funded by AHT Trust.

The Oxygen Plant will generate 283 liters per minute for supplying oxygen to the patients of the hospital and provides help to the healthcare facilities to manage peak consumption flows.

Dr Satish Jain – President of Maharaja Agrasen Hospital said “As the fight against the Covid-19 continues, the collaboration of the social welfare and private sector to augment the medical infrastructure will further accelerate the relief efforts. Private companies and trusts such as AHT trust have been supporting various organizations for Covid relief. This medical oxygen plant is the need of the hour in present situation” Satish Jain said in his address after the inauguration.

"With the installation of oxygen generation plants at most hospitals, the load on vendors supplying liquid medical oxygen will reduce and these will be able to cater to smaller hospitals," he said.

The hospitals in Bangalore struggled immensely during the second wave of the pandemic to keep the oxygen supply going. Cylinders had to be sent to oxygen plants to be filled and it could take well over 24 hours due to the queues being long.

“A stitch in time saves nine. Similarly, oxygen is vital for all living beings. AHT in these challenging times believes Life saved today could save many more in future with no expectations! In these tough times all of us are trying the best we can to survive and get through it. We as trustees only want to be able to help aid that for those who don't have the resources. We believe in working towards making a better world than what we live in. Equal opportunities to everyone” as said by Ms.Deeksha Dinesh from AHT.

Amid a possible third wave of Covid-19, Maharaja Agrasen Hospital was keen on installing their own oxygen generation plant to avoid a repeat of the oxygen crisis Bengaluru witnessed during the second wave. This plant will ensure a sustained supply of oxygen for all 80 oxygenated and ICU beds reserved for the Covid-19 ward.

On this occasion Raj Kumar Kandoi, Rajender Goel, Satish Jain, R.K.Poddar, Krishan Agarwal felicitated and honored Ms.Deeksha Dinesh for their contribution and support. Dr.Abhishek Modi, Dr.GopiKrishna, Dr.Kumar, Trustee Kamal Agarwal and administrator Pooja Guruprasad along with staff were present at the ceremony.

“A stitch in time saves nine. Similarly, oxygen is vital for all living beings. AHT in these challenging times believes Life saved today could save many more in future with no expectations! In these tough times all of us are trying the best we can to survive and get through it. We as trustees only want to be able to help aid that for those who don't have the resources. We believe in working towards making a better world than what we live in. Equal opportunities to everyone” as said by Ms.Deeksha Dinesh from Ashraya Hastha Trust.

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The LightBoard Depot Inc. launches the Mini

The LightBoard Depot Inc. launches the Mini Version

Do more at your desk or go mobile with innovative, remote teaching technology .

People are investing in our products over laptops because The LightBoard Depot Inc. has a positive impact on learners in a remote environment.”

— Christopher Cavalieri, The LightBoard Depot Inc.

NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — They say bigger is better, but smaller is sometimes just right in a big world.

You see, The LightBoard Depot Inc. just unveiled its new Mini version, which will benefit scores of professionals in an array of industries, including Teaching & Education, Telehealth & Medicine, Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Coaching & Training, Design & Consulting, Performance & Arts, Manufacturing, and more.

The LightBoard Depot Inc. launched their technology on the market at the height of the pandemic and now they have come out with a new product that will offer even more convenience for educators and professionals.

The LightBoard Depot Inc. is fascinating in its design and application. The LightBoard Depot Inc. utilizes a webcam, tripod, and a piece of glass that allows the user to broadcast to an audience in a conference, seminar, or classroom setting. Showcasing Free Open-Source Software, The LightBoard Depot Inc. user can write, draw, and explain with ease as the technology flips the words around so an audience can understand. The technology also allows users to present videos, images, power-points and other documents.

The Mini is 24×36 in size and will fit on just about any desk and is easy to pack-up and take with you for road trips and business trips. Even better, while the Mini is more compact, and easy to move around, it is also more affordable compared to the standard LightBoard version that was launched last fall. Both are ideal for teaching and coaching, however, the Mini will be a huge seller as we enter a ‘new normal.’

“People are raving about our standard LightBoard, but we learned first-hand that users also desired a smaller version, one that fits on their desks, and one they can pack-up and travel with,” explains Christopher Cavalieri, who is the Director of The LightBoard Depot Inc.

“So, we are giving the consumers what they want – a smaller version of the LightBoard that is more compact, mobile, and convenient for different settings, like a home office, a business office, a hotel room, or even boardroom.”

The LightBoard Depot Inc. Mini retails at around $2,000 (CDN), while the standard version will cost you about $3,000.

Mike Justason, The LightBoard Depot Inc. creator and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University, says the launch of the Mini scripts a new chapter in remote teaching and learning.

“We created this technology with one goal in mind: to do something to make teaching and learning better for everyone during these unprecedented times,” explains Justason. “I support anyone who wants to make online learning better, because online doesn’t have to suck,” he laughs, “and now the Mini version will offer even more educators and professionals alike with the convenience and efficiency they want when it comes to remote teaching, and even coaching.”

As we enter a ‘new normal,’ the Mini will come in handy as many universities, colleges, schools and businesses will be experimenting with a remote and in-class/in-person hybrid model.

“People who are using our technology find it easy to set-up, easy to use, and they like how it engages their audiences,” says Cavalieri. “We know one thing: our world is now a different place and people are investing in our products over laptops because The LightBoard Depot Inc. has a positive impact on learners in a remote environment. The launch of the Mini is our way of making innovative technology even more accessible to educators and professionals in a post-pandemic world.”

The LightBoard Depot Inc. are partnered with The Forge, an initiative built by McMaster University in Hamilton. The Forge is a business incubator funded by McMaster University, serving novel and scalable start-ups in the Hamilton, Greater Toronto Area and Niagara Regions.

The technology is being used by scores of notable higher-education institutions, businesses and organizations, including McMaster University and Mohawk College in Hamilton, Durham Deaf Services, Conestoga College in Kitchener, The Beanstalk Project, and Arts For A Better Tomorrow in Los Angeles. The LightBoard Depot Inc. is now getting big interest from business leaders and educators in Telemedicine, and corporations involved in commerce, banking, and healthcare.

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Things Are Coming Together – GHIC Music

Gods House International Centre Music, Bristol, UK

GHIC Music - Things Are Coming Together

New Release from GHIC Music

Story behind the music

I was also seven months pregnant with my son – which made the song even more applicable to me personally”

— Natalie Ipinyomi

BRISTOL, AVON, UNITED KINGDOM, August 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In 2019 I heard the words clearly "Its coming together, bone by bone." Pastor Osien Sibanda, senior Pastor of my church, God's House International Centre (GHIC), had proclaimed. Following this, he (instagram: @osiensibanda) asked the worship team of the church (GHIC Music), to go and write a song and those lyrics seemed to stay with me for a while.

I prayed and asked God to help and a year later, when the leader of the GHIC Music team Temitope Ezobi (instagram: @temitopeezobi), asked us to submit songs for the GHIC Music project, the lyrics and music finally came. I honestly thought that the song would be very wordy and complex, but God had other plans! Goziam Okogwu (instagram: @goz_i_am), our producer also reassured me during our group writing session that the simpler the song, the better. The process in which we put the music, the harmonies and lyrics together was a good one, as we had all hands on deck making it a collective effort. I had a lot of help from Goziam and the team with regards to bringing to life the vision I had musically.

During the recording process, we decided to add another GHIC Music lead vocalist in the person of Sandile Nyandoro (instagram: @sandile_nya) and she did such an amazing job! She added more flavor and charisma to the song. It is worth noting that during the recording process, I was seven months pregnant with my son. This has made the song really special and more applicable to me personally – I knew that it was a timely declaration for all the things I was going through in my life at that point in time.

I really love the simplicity of the song and this is what makes the message more powerful. Its release is also truly relevant to the times we are in with the situation of the world attempting to get back to normalcy with COVID 19 after many have lost time, jobs and even lives. Through it all, this song gives the message of hope for the future and a word of encouragement for everyone to know that "Things are coming together".

Ayolabi Temitope Ezobi
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GHIC Music – Things Are Coming Together


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