Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace testing: Is my employer allowed to test me?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace testing: Is my employer allowed to test me?

If you’re one of the countless numbers of Americans getting called back to work this month, you may face some significant changes to your workplace. (We’d encourage you to share your experiences with us!) Across the country, some companies are installing mandatory coronavirus testing for employees. Is this a violation of privacy? Is it allowed? […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the primary care doctor: The view from Kansas

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the primary care doctor: The view from Kansas

Continuing our series of interviews with doctors and other medical personnel in the era of Covid-19: Dr. Ryan Neuhofel is a direct primary care doctor -– meaning that his primary care practice runs on a subscription model, where patients pay a set fee monthly for all their primary care. Primary care practices also often arrange […]

How much does an X-ray of the spine cost? For this woman, $351.41

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How much does an X-ray of the spine cost? For this woman, $351.41

It was a crazy expensive X-ray price, shared by a community member – a $415 charge for an X-ray of the spine, “Lumbosacral, Complete, W Oblique Views,” (CPT code 72110). The insurer paid $351.41, she told us. We have documented X-ray prices from $20 to $988, and we’re always interested in the topic — they’re […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation: I started the process. Here’s how it works.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation: I started the process. Here’s how it works.

I volunteered to donate plasma to help coronavirus (Covid-19) patients, because I tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. I registered to donate at several places (see full list of opportunities here). Yesterday was my first visit to a donation site. I went to Stony Brook University Medical Center’s outpatient location in Stony Brook, N.Y. The wait […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing: A visit to CityMD Urgent Care for tests

By JEANNE PINDER and PHOEBE PINDER We went to CityMD Urgent Care in Mamaroneck, N.Y., just north of New York City, on May 10, Mother’s Day morning, to get coronavirus (Covid-10) antibody testing. They told us on the phone to walk in with insurance card and ID. We would be screened and tested on the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation and other studies

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) plasma donation and other studies

Coronavirus (Covid-19) antibody testing has exploded in the New York area and across the nation. With that new testing, people are getting new opportunities to donate plasma for Covid-19 patients, or to take part in other studies. Here are some resources: Guidelines from the FDA on such studies Recommendations to health care providers and investigators […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: CDC reviewing ‘stunning’ universal testing results from Boston homeless shelter

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: CDC reviewing ‘stunning’ universal testing results from Boston homeless shelter

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now “actively looking into” results from universal COVID-19 testing at Pine Street Inn homeless shelter,” Drew Karedes from Boston 25 News reported. “The broad-scale testing took place at the shelter in Boston’s South End a week and a half ago because of a small cluster of cases […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health insurance: What you need to know

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health insurance: What you need to know

So you’re worried about your health insurance given the coronavirus epidemic. You’re not alone. Whether you have or had job-sponsored insurance, or were on the state exchanges, or were uninsured before COVID-19 hit, it’s a topic of concern. Here are some situations, with answers. You lost your job and need insurance to replace employer-sponsored insurance. […]

Non-coronavirus medical care: Going to the doctor has changed, so what can you do?

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Non-coronavirus medical care: Going to the doctor has changed, so what can you do?

The simple act of going to the doctor has changed in the era of coronavirus (COVID-19). In general, most of us don’t want to go to the hospital or doctor’s office unless we absolutely have to, and that feeling is multiplied exponentially in this time of coronavirus, when it seems obvious that a hospital is […]

Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

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Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

American patients who have gone through hell and high water to get a coronavirus test may be alarmed to learn about false negatives – what happens when a patient who actually has the virus gets a negative result on a laboratory test. The rate of accuracy for nasal swab tests, the mechanism overwhelmingly used to […]