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October 2009 Archives

New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association Presentation

I had the honor of being invited to provide a presentation to the New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association on October 18, 2009. The conference was held at the Sheraton Eatontown, and was well attended. The presentation was entitled "Professional Advocacy by Objective Documentation and Active Intervention on Behalf of the CFS Patient."

The Importance of Limiting the Insurance Company's Contact with Your Treating Physician

Often, when reviewing a claimant's eligibility for benefits, an insurance company will attempt to contact the claimant's treating physician via a "peer-to-peer" telephone call. In these instances, an in-house physician or nurse reviewer will contact a treating physician in order to "clarify" a claimant's functionality. However, more times than not, these calls will end up harming a claim.

Prudential Disability Insurance Policyholder - A Successful ERISA Appeal by Frankel & Newfield

Despite bringing in one of the insurance industry's big guns for hire - a doctor whose practice is more focused on helping insurance companies keep a healthy bottom line than with patient care - Frankel & Newfield has won an ERISA appeal for yet another client.

California Insurance Commissioner Announces Settlement with Life Insurance Company of North America - LINA

California's insurance commissioner Poinzer announced that the California Department of Insurance has reached a $600,000 settlement agreement with LINA - Life Insurance Company of North America (an insuring subsidiary of CIGNA) - to resolve allegations of disability insurance claims handling violations from February 2005 - June 2006. In addition to the settlement, LINA is to implement changes in its policies, procedures and practices and is going to review any claims that were denied between January 2005 through December 2007.

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