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Michigan sees two human swine flu cases; Hospital cyber-attack in three states; Cigna accused of using AI to deny claims- Morning Medical Update


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Michigan sees two human swine flu cases

The first two cases of human swine flu this year have been traced back to two Michigan county fairs. One individual was a minor exhibiting pigs and the other individual was only attending. Experts discourage eating or drinking in pig barn areas and to wash with soap and water after exposure.

Hospital cyber-attack in three states

Hospitals and outpatient facilities across Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and California are still recovering from a cyber-attack that occurred Aug. 3. As a result, emergency rooms closed, ambulances were diverted, and workers had to revert to pen and paper. The White House continues to monitor the attack.

Cigna accused of using AI to deny claims

A new lawsuit claims Cigna used artificial intelligence to deny “hundreds or thousands” of claims at a time, many of which were medically necessary. The lawsuit says that Cigna used the algorithm called PxDx, which has an average processing time of 1.2 seconds per claim. Denials examples included bloodwork screening for a vitamin D deficiency and ultrasounds for suspected ovarian cancer.

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