Coronavirus (Covid-19): The coming mental health crisis

Coronavirus (Covid-19): The coming mental health crisis

The Covid pandemic may appear to be on the decline in the United States, but some experts are saying we have yet to witness another, still unfolding wave of illness and death — the mental health crisis that has been called the fourth wave of the pandemic. ClearHealthCosts spoke to patients and experts around the […]

Open notes: Reading your clinical notes just got easier

Open notes: Reading your clinical notes just got easier

A federal rule allowing patients to more easily access clinical notes written in their medical records took effect in early April. Supporters of the move from both the patient side and the provider side say the new policy will improve patient outcomes and has very few drawbacks. The “open notes” or “information blocking” rule is […]

CMS fines half of hospitals for readmitting too many patients: Kaiser Health News lets you look up your hospital

CMS fines half of hospitals for readmitting too many patients: Kaiser Health News lets you look up your hospital

“Under programs set up by the Affordable Care Act, the federal government cuts payments to hospitals that have high rates of readmissions and those with the highest numbers of infections and patient injuries,” Jordan Rau writes for Kaiser Health News. “For the readmission penalties, Medicare cuts as much as 3 percent for each patient, although […]

The new hospital transparency rule: The deadline for posting price lists is on Jan. 1, so how did they do?

The new hospital transparency rule: The deadline for posting price lists is on Jan. 1, so how did they do?

The new federal price transparency law is rolling out Jan. 1, 2021, mandating that hospitals have to list prices on their web sites. Describing the new rules, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say on their website: “Hospital price transparency helps Americans know the cost of a hospital item or service before receiving it. […]

After decades as a hospital operator, Tenet shifts its focus to surgery centers: Healthcare Dive

After decades as a hospital operator, Tenet shifts its focus to surgery centers: Healthcare Dive

“Tenet Health got its start as a major hospital operator in the U.S. and can trace its hospital business roots as far back as 1969,” Samantha Liss writes over at Healthcare Dive. “But it may be time to think of the Dallas-based company as an ambulatory surgery center operator, first, and a hospital chain, second. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills, part II: falsely billed and overcharged

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills, part II: falsely billed and overcharged

A Rochester-area woman we introduced you to over the summer has continued to receive hospital bills for a Covid test that never happened. Back in July, Rebecca Oliver and her partner Dan Loncoa went to Rochester Regional Hospital’s emergency room seeking a Covid test, only to be sent home without one and then billed $540 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Earlier this fall, the predominantly Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, N.Y., managed to drop its positive Covid test rate from 34.2% in the last week of September, to a shocking 4.2% just one month later, the Jewish-American news organization The Forward reported. According to The Forward, town leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York […]

Drug and device makers paid teaching hospitals $832 million in 2018: Stat News

Drug and device makers paid teaching hospitals $832 million in 2018: Stat News

“Amid ongoing concern that drug and device makers may influence medical practice and research, a new analysis suggests the issue also extends to teaching hospitals, which received a total of $832 million in payments for various activities and arrangements other than research in 2018,” Ed Silverman writes over at Stat News. “Of 1,281 teaching hospitals, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: A Black long-hauler hears ‘There are no next steps’

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: A Black long-hauler hears ‘There are no next steps’

For her 30th birthday, Netia McCray asked her partner to help her put her affairs in order and make a will. McCray had been suffering from Covid symptoms for weeks. Unable to get meaningful treatment, she felt close to death. McCray, a Black Boston resident, and other people of color who have had long-lasting symptoms […]

How much does Eylea cost? Or how to use copay waivers to increase sales: Whistleblower Law Collaborative

How much does Eylea cost? Or how to use copay waivers to increase sales: Whistleblower Law Collaborative

“The Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that it will sue drug manufacturer Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for health care fraud,” David W.S. Lieberman writes over at The Whistleblower Law Collaborative. “The False Claims Act complaint alleges that Regeneron paid tens of millions of dollars to induce prescriptions for its drug Eylea. Regeneron’s scheme to use a third-party […]