Coronavirus (Covid-19) and hospitals: A look at health care giant HCA

Filed Under: Costs, Providers

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and hospitals: A look at health care giant HCA

When the coronavirus pandemic began in earnest in the United States in March, Sarah, who works as a nursing assistant at a hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., noticed the uptick in workload right away. (Her name has been changed to protect her identity.) “We’ve always had issues with staffing, but it got worse during the […]

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 […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the symptoms: It’s not just shortness of breath and fever

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the symptoms: It’s not just shortness of breath and fever

While early in the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic the most common symptoms were thought to be a fever, shortness of breath, dry cough and other respiratory issues, the experiences of others and long-term suffers of the illness demonstrate a wide array of other symptoms including extreme fatigue, hair loss, body aches and pains and even surprisingly […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: How do doctors and patients experience the virtual visit?

Filed Under: Patients, Providers

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: How do doctors and patients experience the virtual visit?

By JEANNE PINDER and BEN GLICKMAN As telehealth has become more common with the Covid-19 pandemic, both doctors and patients are learning that it has many advantages — and downsides. While many simple conditions — a child’s rash, for example — might be fairly easy to diagnose and treat with telemedicine, other more complicated ailments […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) pool testing: While some NYC laboratories reduce turnaround time with pool testing, others remain sluggish

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) pool testing: While some NYC laboratories reduce turnaround time with pool testing, others remain sluggish

In April, New York City was the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Refrigerated trucks waited outside hospitals to receive bodies. Ambulances waited in line at overwhelmed emergency rooms. Now, with the curve crushed in New York, residents are waiting for their Covid-19 test results. Partly because resources for testing are being sent to new hotspots […]

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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: Who’s paying what for a virtual visit?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: Who’s paying what for a virtual visit?

By JEANNE PINDER and BEN GLICKMAN Telemedicine has boomed during the Covid-19 as an alternative to in-person visits. Doctors and patients alike are finding that the virtual visit — previously often described as a pale imitation of the actual in-person office visit — is a fine way to do health care in the middle of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Why is CVS delivering results after 13 days?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Why is CVS delivering results after 13 days?

We have been following coronavirus (Covid-19) testing since the beginning of the pandemic. One of the constant problems has been that people can’t seem to get tested — or when they do get a test, the results don’t come back quickly. That means that anything like treatment decisions or contact tracing are difficult if not […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the office: When returning to the workplace doesn’t go smoothly

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the office: When returning to the workplace doesn’t go smoothly

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER For a speech therapist in Tennessee, options to work remotely have all but vanished. In March, the pediatric disability clinic where she works transitioned to telehealth, which has allowed her and her colleagues to work remotely during the pandemic. But the state’s Medicaid partner stopped covering telehealth on June […]

We won! Our CBS partnership is the top network public service journalism project in the nation!

We won! Our CBS partnership is the top network public service journalism project in the nation!

We’re thrilled to report that we and our partners at CBS News won the 2019 Society of Professional Journalists – Sigma Delta Chi Public Service gold medal for network news for our health costs partnership, “Medical Price Roulette.” Let that sink in for a second: This is the best public service journalism at the TV […]