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 — […]

The doctor will see you once you sign this binding arbitration agreement: Bloomberg

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The doctor will see you once you sign this binding arbitration agreement:  Bloomberg

“Last year, Jessie Harrell went to see her gynecologist for a routine appointment,” Heather Perlberg writes over at Bloomberg. “She’d been seeing Dr. Tim Baird for 14 years, ever since she showed up at the hospital in labor five weeks early. He’d been on call that morning, and she’d been reassured by his calm demeanor, […]

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 vaccine: Who will pay? And how much will the vaccine cost?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who will pay? And how much will the vaccine cost?

As the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine rolls out nationwide, it’s a common question: Who will pay? As with many other health care cost questions, it might be complicated. Or, it might be really simple. It seems obvious that the initial round — front-line doctors and nurses, and long-term care facility residents — will be free to […]