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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and workers’ compensation: When your employer won’t pay up

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and workers’ compensation: When your employer won’t pay up

Three days after treating a Covid-positive patient in April, Monica Burgos-Wilkins awoke in the middle of the night with a fever and severe muscle pain. Within 24 hours, Burgos-Wilkins, a Waterbury, Conn., hemodialysis nurse, had lost her sense of taste and smell and tested positive for the coronavirus herself. After that, she said, her illness […]

Healthcare costs, access to data, and partnering with providers: Patients’ top user experience factors

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Healthcare costs, access to data, and partnering with providers: Patients’ top user experience factors

“As patients returned to in-person, brick-and-mortar health care settings after the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic, they re-enter the health care system with heightened consumer expectations, according to the Beryl Institute – Ipsos Px Pulse report, Consumer Perspectives on Patient Experience in the U.S.,” Jane Sarasohn-Kahn writes over at Health Populi.com. “Ipsos conducted the survey […]

How much does an MRI cost, $848 or $1,069? She saved $200 by putting away her insurance card.

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How much does an MRI cost, $848 or $1,069? She saved $200 by putting away her insurance card.

Our community member reported to us that an MRI of the lower extremity without dye (CPT code 73721) had cost $848 at X-Ray Associates of New Mexico (Xranm) in Albuquerque, N.M., in October. The note said: “This is for an MRI of the knee. This is the cost for self-pay and not running it through […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and back-to-the-office stress: 5 things you should know

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and back-to-the-office stress: 5 things you should know

The coronavirus pandemic changed the face of work for everyone in 2020, but those returning to their in-person jobs are facing unique stressors. It is not clear how many employees have transitioned back to working in person, but there are a few numbers. While only 8% of Manhattan office workers have returned to their workspaces […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: ‘For 7 weeks I have been through a roller coaster of ill health and utter exhaustion’ — The BMJ

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: ‘For 7 weeks I have been through a roller coaster of ill health and utter exhaustion’ — The BMJ

Editor’s note: Paul Garner, professor of infectious diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, discusses his experience of having covid-19 for 7 weeks. This piece, posted May 5, 2020, was one of the first descriptions of “long covid.” As an internationally known academic, Garner brought early attention to the phenomenon. “In mid March I developed […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and reinfection: Yes, it happens, but it’s very, very rare — The New York Times

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and reinfection: Yes, it happens, but it’s very, very rare — The New York Times

“Reports of reinfection with the coronavirus evoke a nightmarish future: Repeat bouts of illness, impotent vaccines, unrelenting lockdowns — a pandemic without an end,” Apoorva Mandavilli writes over at The New York Times. “A case study published on Monday, about a 25-year-old man in Nevada, has stoked those fears anew. The man, who was not […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and children: 13-year-old with Covid-19 as source of outbreak

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and children: 13-year-old with Covid-19 as source of outbreak

“There is increasing evidence that children and adolescents can efficiently transmit SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),” Noah G. Schwartz, Anne C. Moorman, Anna Makaretz, Karen T. Chang, Victoria T. Chu, Christine M. Szablewski, Anna R. Yousaf, Marie M. Brown, Ailis Clyne, Amanda DellaGrotta, Jan Drobeniuc, Jacqueline Korpics, Adam Muir, Cherie Drenzek, […]

Coronavirus (Covid 19) and telemedicine: Will my insurance still cover my appointments?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Coronavirus (Covid 19) and telemedicine: Will my insurance still cover my appointments?

Many of the country’s insurers are bringing back patient fees for telemedicine visits after waiving them for several months because of the coronavirus crisis. But how much you’ll have to pay and when you’ll have to pay it depends on which plan you have. Throughout the pandemic, insurance companies have varied widely on what they […]