AMA Files Class-Action Lawsuits Against Aetna and CIGNA

The American Medical Association (AMA) joined with individual physicians in filing separate class-action lawsuits against Aetna Health Inc and CIGNA Corporation on February 9, 2009. The AMA filed under claims that the two companies used rigged data

OSA Drug Treatment Makes Headway

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) granted permission to Cortex Pharmaceuticals Inc, Irvine, Calif, to proceed with the clinical development of AMPAKINE CX1739 in subjects with moderate to severe sleep apnea. D

Cutting U.S. Healthcare Costs Crucial: Budget Official

Last Updated: 2009-02-23 16:00:31 -0400 (Reuters Health) WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reducing healthcare costs is crucial for restoring the health of the United States’ economy, White House budget director Peter Orszag told a summit on fiscal respons

Proposal Envisions New U.S. Health Insurance Program

Managed Care by Will Dunham Last Updated: 2009-02-19 15:27:47 -0400 (Reuters Health) WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A prominent private U.S. health policy group on Thursday proposed creating a major new public health program and government-operated

U.S. Employers Expect Steady Rise in Health Costs

by Maggie Fox Last Updated: 2009-02-20 13:15:25 -0400 (Reuters Health) WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employers expect increases in health care costs will stay at a steady 6 percent this year, twice the rate of inflation, according to a survey p

Janice East Named BRPT President-Elect

Janice East, RPSGT, R. EEG T., has been named President-Elect of the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). East has been a BRPT board member since 2006 and was recently presented with the BRPT’s Shining Star Award by curr

NSF Conference to Kick Off National Sleep Awareness Week

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) will kick off National Sleep Awareness Week (March 1-8, 2009) by hosting a scientific conference and leadership summit. The conference, titled Pain and Sleep: A Clinical and Scientific Conference, and the Slee

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Offers Two New CPAP Units

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Irvine, Calif, introduces the SleepStyle™ 200 Premium CPAP Series. The SleepStyle™ 242 and 244 are two new CPAP units with SmartStick™ technology. The SmartStick utilizes USB technology to provide r

AASM Revised Standards for Accreditation Now Available

The revised standards for accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) are now available online and take effect on July 1, 2009. Applicant facilities will be given the opportunity to apply for accreditation using either the