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November 2000
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Business Visitors
(only a sampling of businesses with websites in English are listed)

AAI Corporation
Abelson-Taylor, Inc. (pharmaceutical advertising agency)
ABN AMRO North America, Inc.
Alaska Legislature
Alberta (Canada) Health and Wellness
All Children's Hospital
Allina Health System
Altamed Health Services Corporation
Anthem, Inc. (health insurance company in IN with an interesting lawsuit history with the state of Kentucky and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky)
Bank One
Bear Stearns (I love Wall Street much money put into them!)
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

About Blue Cross of California...It's interesting to me that they would be visiting this website...This is the insurance provider that paid for mine and hundreds of other women's uterine artery embolizations up until 6 months ago here in California but now claim they've never paid for this procedure and will ask for all funds to be returned to them from past patients and medical institutions. Incredible. (Note: sometimes subscribers log the details of conversations held with insurance staff. In fact, it's one of the items I HIGHLY recommend when appealing denials.)

Currently denying all patients the right to insurance coverage for uterine artery embolization and citing the ACOG technical letter indicating the procedure is "investigational." What's most interesting about these denial letters, is that they then go on to frequently recommend laparoscopic or hysteroscopic myomectomy or hysterectomy. What's interesting about that? Both laparoscopy and hysteroscopy treatment for uterine conditions has been around only about 11 years in the U.S. -- less time than the procedure of uterine artery embolization -- and has never undergone any clinical trials. NONE. In fact, in terms of myomectomy (any kind of myomectomy), there has never been a prospectively controlled clinical trial. Never. Not anywhere in the world.

Lack of clinical trials is one of the primary reasons that UAE is being denied, according to the technical assessors at Blue Cross. (Of course, with the recent rejection of a clinical trial proposal for UAE and myomectomy by the NICHHD, it's not likely that any prospective controlled clinical trial on UAE or myomectomy will be done any time soon.)

Why is a gynecological treatment that is technically still "investigational" better than an interventional radiology procedure deemed "investigational"? Why are insurance providers willing to pay for the gynecological procedures but not the lesser invasive procedure of uterine artery embolization? Especially when neither meet technical assessment criteria identified by insurance providers as necessary before approval is authorized or payment made for the procedure. Doesn't seem logical to me at all. Hmmmm. I wonder. Does the professional background of the reviewer (which is usually gynecology) of procedural pre-authorization requests have anything to do with this? Or, is it simply about money? Am I missing something here? Because I just don't understand any of this. Is there anyone out there who can explain this to me?

BLUE CROSS UPDATE: More Internet research on Blue Cross has revealed some interesting information from all across the United States on this particular insurance provider. I just KNEW y'all would be interested in the following links to stories that were submitted to me by visitors to this website.

Holding Patients Hostage

SAN DIEGO PHYSICIAN / JUNE-JULY 2000 (On May 25, 2000, CMA filed a federal lawsuit against California's three major for-profit HMOs (Blue Cross/Wellpoint, Foundation/HealthNet, and PacifiCare) challenging their fraudulent and unfair business practices which improperly interfere with and control the physician-patient relationship. The lawsuit, entitled CMA v. Blue Cross, et al, was filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of California, case no. C001894 VRW. -- Gee, it almost sounds as if they've seen some of the denial letters I've seen that redirect patients to specific alternative treatments in opposition to what was recommended by the physician requesting authorization. I've seen denial letters from two of the above providers which were outrageous in content in terms of telling the patient what procedure she "should" undergo instead of the one being requested.)

Blue Cross alters surgery decision

Minnesota attorney general sues Blue Cross (I found this lawsuit filed on 10/5/2000 particularly interesting. You see, I had a conversation (or rather, disagreement) with Blue Cross of MN earlier that week about the issue of "consumer fraud" and "false advertising" on their Blueprint for Health website. They identified uterine artery embolization as a treatment alternative for uterine fibroids on their health information pages for patients -- but, guess what? They don't provide insurance coverage for UAE! You'll note that today they do not discuss UAE as an option for fibroids anywhere on their website. Score one for the consumer in terms of removing false advertising -- but score one for the insurance provider for continuing to deny coverage for this procedure. Sigh.) UPDATE 02/03/01: Blueprint for Health is back to offering information about UAE and even bought a medical paper on UAE previously published in American Family Physician to post on their site. They still do not, however, cover UAE or consider it anything other than "investigational."

Chiropractic Associations File Suit Against Blue Cross Blue Shield



The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri Settlement

Somerset Orthopedic Associates, P.A. v. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Inc. N.J. Superior Ct. Case No. L00051100 (filed 3/24/00)

Psychologists File Suit Against Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area and CapitalCare


Blue Cross was my medical insurance plan of choice for many, many years. Wow. Don't know what to say after visiting all of these links. Oh, did I forget to mention that the above is only a sample of the links found online? Using the Google search engine, type in "Blue Cross lawsuit" and you'll get page after page of links....thousands of links to check out and read...after being directed to do this by a visitor to this site, I stopped reading after reviewing only the first 100. Geez.

Blue Cross of California

Bradley University, IL
Bucknell University
The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara
Cadmus Communications Corporation
Cahners Business Information
Carroll Community College, MD
Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn & Queens
Charles Schwab & Co.
Chase Manhattan Corporation
Chemeketa Community College
City National Bank
Computer Sciences Corporation
Cowles Magazines
Covington & Burling
Dain Rauscher (investment services)
Delaware Technical & Community College
Deloitte & Touche
DETYA, Commonwealth Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Australia
Department of Veteran's Affairs
Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Duke University
Education Network of Ontario
Edward Jones (investments)
Emory University
Exelon Corporation
Farmers Insurance Group
Fidelity Investments
First Union Corporation
Federal Express
Federal Reserve Bank
Federation of State Medical Boards
First Union
Florida Department of Health
Florida International University
Folio (investment firm)
Frost & Jacobs LLP
Government of Tasmania
Grubb & Ellis Company
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
The Hartford (insurance)
Hawkins, Delafield & Wood (attorneys/lobbyists)
Human Resources Development Canada
Indian River County Library System (I love to see visitors who are logging on from their local libraries. This is but one example of many where women are making their way onto the Internet by being resourceful and using the tools currently available to them for free in their libraries. I wish more libraries would buy computers and advertise their availability.)
Intel Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson Space Center
KForce, Professional Staffing
Knight Trading Group
LaSalle University, PA
Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. (investment advisors)
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Angeles City Government
Los Angeles Community College District
MacDill Air Force Base
Mainframe Entertainment Inc.
Maimonides Medical Center
Maricopa Community Colleges
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mayo Clinic
Merrill Lynch
Merrimack Education Center
Metro Hartford Chamber of Commerce
Michigan State Government
Modesto City Schools
Monterey County Office of Education
Multnomah County Oregon
National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD, NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, NIH)
National Institute of Health
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Nationwide Insurance Companies
National Securities Clearing Corporation
New Orleans Public Schools
New York Life
New York State Education Department
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
North Dakota Information
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Offutt Air Force Base, NE
Omaha Public Schools
Osborn School District, AZ
Otay Water District, CA
PDA Software Services Inc.
Penn State University
People's Bank
Presbyterian Health Services Corporation (interesting court case link involving this business)
Raytheon Company
The Rockefeller University
The Royal Air Force
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The Sacramento Bee
St. Joseph Health System
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Salish Kootenai College
Scientific Computing Associates
Seton Hall University
SG Asset Management
SI Systems, Inc.
Singapore Productivity and Standards Board
Smithsonian Institute
Social Security Administration
SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals R&D
South Cross University, Australia
Springfield College
Stanford University
State Farm Insurance
Sun Microsystems
Sunquest Information Systems
Texas Medical Center
TD Bank Financial Group
Time Customer Service Inc.
Tinker Air Force Base
Toronto District School Board
Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (Tri-Met)
Truman Medical Center, Inc.
United States Army Team, C4IEWS
United States Army Solider and Biological Chemical Command
United States Courts
United States Department of Justice
United States Environmental Protection Agency
United States Federal Trade Commission
United States Navy (btw, I love the bell clanging that introduces this site :)
United States Postal Service
United States Treasury
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UK
University of Akron, OH
University of Alaska
The University of Auckland New Zealand
University of California, Boalt Hall (School of Law)
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles (Medical Center)
University of Denver
University of Hawaii
University of Maryland
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing
University of Rochester
University of Southhampton, UK
University of Tulsa
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
UPMC Health System
Utah State University
Utilicorp United
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wake Forest University, NC
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Wells Fargo
Weyco, Inc. (manages employee benefit plans)
Wisconsin Technical College
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (Yep, the company that makes gum! Cool site, BTW. More information about the history of gum than imaginable. These people take gum very serious. :)
WPLG TV 10, Florida
The World Bank Group
Wyeth (pharmaceutical)

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