Blog Posts in March, 2013

  • CVS Caremark's new employee health policy requires participants to provide their weight, body fat, and glucose levels…or pay the penalty of $50 per month. This coercive strategy forces employees to pay a fee in order to maintain health-related privacy. According to ASDAH (the Association for Size diversity and Health), there are multiple studies suggesting that a focus on weight as a ...
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  • There are many misconceptions surrounding eating disorders, including what populations are vulnerable to developing this life-threatening illness. However, it is important to understand that eating disorders do not discriminate against ethnicity, religion, age, gender, or body type. Furthermore, the eating disorder profile has changed as of late, with a disturbing increase in patients over the age ...
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  • By Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS and Kantor & Kantor, LLP, LLP Unbeknownst to most mental health consumers, a change went into effect in January, 2013 that may have far-reaching ramifications for those receiving outpatient psychotherapy. For the first time in 15 years, changes were made to the coding system used to describe and bill for mental health treatment. This change has resulted in chaos ...
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  • On March 4, 2013, the United States Supreme Court brought Jeanene Harlick's nearly eight-year struggle to a successful end. Ms. Harlick sought to obtain benefits for residential treatment for her eating disorder from Blue Shield of California, her health insurance company. After the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in her favor, Blue Shield of California filed a petition for writ of ...
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