Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long-haulers: Clinics established to deliver care to patients who are still ill

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long-haulers: Clinics established to deliver care to patients who are still ill

“COVID-19 came early for Catherine Busa, and it never really left,” Jennifer Peltz writes for The Associated Press. “The 54-year-old New York City school secretary didn’t have any underlying health problems when she caught the coronavirus in March, and she recovered at her Queens home.But some symptoms lingered: fatigue she never experienced during years of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Getting around the obstacles

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Getting around the obstacles

It’s like a game of telephone: Who’s got a good number to call to get the coronavirus vaccine in New York? We’ve been covering people’s travails over this for the last couple of weeks. There’s not enough supply, the New York website is buggy, and eligibility rules keep changing. You often cannot sign up on […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: Are chain pharmacies prepared for the onslaught?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: Are chain pharmacies prepared for the onslaught?

When your turn comes, where can you go to get a Covid-19 vaccine? As states and the federal government prepare to vaccinate millions of people this spring, major pharmacy chains and grocery stores like CVS, Walmart, Kroger and Walgreens have emerged as some of the central locations officials say will be distribution points for the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you sign up in New York? I tried, and it wasn’t pretty.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you sign up in New York? I tried, and it wasn’t pretty.

So I’m 66 years old, and therefore I qualify to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine in New York state under new rules issued this week. I had been hearing from friends and sources how complicated and frustrating the signup was, so I dove in. First I did the “am I eligible?” form on the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How getting ‘leftovers’ from retirement or nursing homes is reducing waste

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How getting ‘leftovers’ from retirement or nursing homes is reducing waste

There has been a lot of conversation about extra doses in the Pfizer vaccine vials — meaning that the official regimen could include up to 5 doses per vial, but the vial actually has 6 or 7 doses, or maybe more. So there’s a “leftovers” issue that is causing havoc some places. (See our other […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Long waits, confusing signup procedures and a lot of friends texting

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Long waits, confusing signup procedures and a lot of friends texting

The vaccine delivery rollout in New York State, and nationwide, hasn’t exactly been smooth. Long waits in line, people getting turned away, confusing web signup procedures, groups of coworkers texting frantically are all part of the story. And yet there have been others who have swiftly gotten a vaccine they didn’t expect to get. In […]

The new hospital price transparency rule and the details: Implementation, explanation, hitches and so on

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The new hospital price transparency rule and the details: Implementation, explanation, hitches and so on

The administration’s health price transparency rule went live Jan. 1. We’ve been seeking out and assessing the results; you can find our previous blog posts with that reporting here and here. This post will go into some of the more obscure and messy points of the mandate, including hurdles to implementation, enforcement, definition and so […]

Hospital price transparency, again: The Jan. 1, 2021, disclosure rule, examined

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Hospital price transparency, again: The Jan. 1, 2021, disclosure rule, examined

The administration’s health price transparency rule went live Jan. 1. Already, President Donald Trump is declaring victory. But did it work? Are hospitals complying? Does it matter for patients? Describing the new rules, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say on their website: “Starting January 1, 2021, each hospital operating in the United States […]

Revered doctor steps down, accusing Seattle Children’s Hospital of racism: Crosscut

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Revered doctor steps down, accusing Seattle Children’s Hospital of racism: Crosscut

“No one thing led Dr. Ben Danielson, the beloved medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, to leave his post of more than 20 years last month,” David Kroman writes for Crosscut. “Rather, it was a collection of moments that, when added together, gave him little faith that leadership at Seattle Children’s Hospital — […]