WellCare to Pay $35.2 Million Amid Medicaid Probe

WellCare Health Plans Inc said on Monday it agreed to pay $35.2 million to the U.S. Attorney related to a government probe into accounting errors in its Florida Medicaid behavioral health contracts.

WellPoint Profit Beats Estimates, Shares Rise

Health insurer WellPoint Inc said on Wednesday profit fell 10 percent, as medical costs ate further into premiums, but its shares rose more than 6 percent as results beat projections, helped by strength in its pharmacy and behavioral health businesses. Although the largest U.S. health insurer by membership tempered its full-year profit and enrollment forecasts, […]

Increasing Global Surgery Volume Mandates Improved Safety, Availability

Surgery now occurs at a tremendous volume worldwide, resulting in a great need for public health efforts to improve the safety and availability of surgical services, according to the results of a study reported in The Lancet, published online June 25. "Little is known about the amount and availability of surgical care globally," write Thomas […]

How widely is acupuncture used in the United States

In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States. The report from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 stated that acupuncture is being "widely" practiced–by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners–for relief or prevention of pain and for […]