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Anthem expands its policy of punishing patients for 'inappropriate' ER visits

Los Angeles Times

In Missouri, according to Heidt, judgments on ER claims appear to be made by Anthem nurses or other medical professionals based on the diagnostic codes entered on claims documents. But that's insufficient to show whether an ER visit was appropriate. In one case Heidt reviewed for his medical group, a patient was hit by a car, transported by paramedics to the ER on a backboard and with a neck brace, given a CAT scan and X-rays, and eventually found not to have suffered a serious injury. The patient was discharged with a diagnosis of bruises and abrasions.

Singer says 76ers nixed her National Anthem performance over 'We Matter' jersey

FOX News

A recording artist who was scheduled to sing the National Anthem before the Philadelphia 76ers' season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday said that she was pulled last minute because of her outfit. Sevyn Streeter was wearing a black jersey with the words "We Matter" sprawled across the front. "I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a'We Matter jersey," she said in a Twitter video. Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey The 76ers promoted her appearance before the game offering fans a chance to sit with her courtside during the third quarter.

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade under fire for practicing shots during Canadian national anthem

FOX News

The Toronto Raptors beat Miami on the road Saturday night to take a 2-1 series lead with a 95-91 win. Heat star Dwyane Wade dropped 38 on Toronto - but the three-time champion is under fire after cameras showed him taking a few extra shots while a singer was at midcourt performing the Canadian national anthem. Not a fan of anthems before games but will say if a Canadian did what Wade did yesterday for the other anthem, there'd be huge outrage. That was pretty disrespectful stuff from Dwayne Wade. Dwayne Wade, a revered elder statesman in the NBA, can't cool off for a minute and stand for the Canadian anthem?

Anthem uses AI in allergy research trial


Anthem has partnered with, an artificial intelligence platform, to explore ways of using technology to "predict when people will experience allergies or allergy patterns," Forbes reports. Under the agreement, Anthem is sponsoring a 12-month trial in which Cambridge, Mass.-based Harvard Medical School researchers and will explore ways of using AI to improve patient outcomes. The effort is part of the insurer's value-based care push and increased reliance on AI to assist care delivery. "Anthem is focused on leading our industry in the safe and responsible use of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies to create a better healthcare future for all Americans," Anthem CEO and President Gail Boudreaux told Forbes. "We are pleased to partner with on this innovative study that can have near-term benefit for our employees and, longer-term, the potential to redefine how we treat disease and manage chronic medical conditions to achieve better personalized health outcomes."

How Russian Trolls Inflamed the NFL's Anthem Controversy WSJD - Technology

In the wake of Trump's Sept. 22, 2017, speech, tweets about the NFL and the national anthem surged from accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, the Russian and Kremlin-backed company accused of attempting to sow discord in the U.S. About eight hours later, the same 24 accounts wrote: "Trump Supporters SACK NFL Commish Roger Goodell For Attacking Trump." The same accounts, and others connected to the IRA, continued to blast out tweets on the subject--predominantly criticizing the protests--with thousands of tweets in the days that followed. In total, over the final months of 2014 through the middle of this year, 491 accounts linked to the IRA sent more than 12,000 tweets about the NFL or the anthem. Researchers from Clemson University provided The Wall Street Journal with the tweets, which come from accounts shut down by Twitter after congressional investigations revealed their connection to the IRA.