Yelp Helped Nyc Health Officials Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Food Borne Illness | Fox News

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ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Roughly 294,000 Yelp reviews were analyzed, and researchers found 468 posts that were consistent with cases of recent food borne illnesses. Only 15 of those cases had been independently reported to the health department. “The results suggest that online restaurant reviews might help to identify unreported outbreaks of food borne illness and restaurants with deficiencies in food handling,” researchers wrote in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Thursday. Further review into those nearly 500 cases led the department to launch three investigations into restaurant-related food poisoning outbreaks. The department found that 16 people were sickened by dishes such as shrimp and lobster cannelloni, and macaroni and cheese spring rolls because to improper cold food storage, bare-hand contact with the food and live roaches. The report noted, however, that the analysis was limited by requiring considerable time and resources reading reviews, sending emails and conducting interviews. Researchers also needed to make contact with reviewers and over 100 refused requests for follow-up interviews.

McConnell told reporters that the fate of Kynect Kentucky’s state-run health insurance exchange is not linked to the federal health care law. But the exchange would not exist if not for the federal law that created it. Asked if a repeal of the health care law would mean Kynect should be disbanded, McConnell said: “I think that’s unconnected to my comments about the overall question.” “What I would have done instead is first of all tear down the walls, the 50 separate silos in which health insurance is controlled, and pit all the health insurance companies against each other in a national competitive market,” he said. “Competition almost always works to keep prices down and quality up.” McConnell’s Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, has said she opposes “taking away insurance that 400,000 Kentuckians just recently got access to.” But the Democratic nominee has declined to say whether she would have voted for the law had she been in office when it was approved in 2010, saying only she would work to fix the law if elected. The comments underscore the political sensitivity the federal health care law, sometimes known as “Obamacare,” presents to candidates from both parties. Some parts of the law are popular in Kentucky, and McConnell doesn’t want to alienate constituents who now have health insurance in one of the nation’s poorest states. But the law and the president whose name it evokes remain unpopular in Kentucky thus Grimes’ rhetorical dancing over whether she would have voted yes when it passed four years ago. McConnell, who would become Senate majority leader if he is re-elected and Republicans gain six seats in the November elections, and Grimes, the Democrats’ prized recruit, are battling it out in one of the most closely-watched contests in the nation. Kentucky Democrats have worked hard to separate Kynect from the disastrous rollout of the federal health care exchange, in which website failures made it difficult to enroll in the program.

McConnell: Ky. Exchange Unconnected to Health Law – ABC News

United’s intent to submit 2015 policies for the Illinois exchange was outlined by two sources familiar with the company’s plans who were not authorized to discuss them publicly. Both sources noted that the plans are not final and could be subject to change. The company’s apparent renewed interest in the market does not come as a surprise, particularly because Illinois is a large market where United already has a footprint and existing contracts and relationships with health care providers and consumers, Dafny said. It also signals that “they think they can make a go of it, they need to shore up their position in the market and they’re not ready to cede this market,” she said. Still, it faces an uphill battle trying to woo consumers away from Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which controls about 92 percent of the market, enrolling about 200,000 of the 217,492 Illinoisans who selected plans through the end of the open enrollment period in April. “Blue Cross has such a formidable position in the market, it’s hard to imagine United closing that gap,” said Steve Riedl, senior consulting actuary at Towers Watson. While he and other insurance market experts were surprised by Blue Cross’ market share this year, he said the competition should tighten a bit next year as more competitors come onboard and existing companies hone their pricing, provider networks and marketing.
Sources: UnitedHealth to enter Illinois exchange –

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