Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: Some patients will qualify for aid, Biden says

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: Some patients will qualify for aid, Biden says

Commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Monday, July 26, President Biden said some long Covid patients would qualify for disability, a development that long Covid patients have been seeking for months. “‘We are bringing agencies together to make sure Americans with long Covid, who have a disability, have access to […]

The role of private equity in driving up health care prices: Harvard Business Review

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The role of private equity in driving up health care prices: Harvard Business Review

“Private investment in U.S. health care has grown significantly over the past decade thanks to investors who have been keen on getting into a large, rapidly growing, and recession-proof market with historically high returns,” Lovisa Gustafsson, Shanoor Seervai, and David Blumenthal wrote in the Harvard Business Review in 2019. “Private equity and venture capital firms […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) with masks and vaccine: How are you thinking about this right now?

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Regulators

Coronavirus (Covid-19) with masks and vaccine: How are you thinking about this right now?

The new masking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control has sent parts of the United States into a tailspin. Many people have been wearing masks for many many months as a sign of 1) belief in the science that they make us all safer, 2) I am not a Trump supporter, 3) My mask […]

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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: A year later, and millions of cases later, patients struggle for disability

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: A year later, and millions of cases later, patients struggle for disability

J., a long Covid patient from the Midwest, is still suffering extreme symptoms more than a year later — tachycardia, extreme fatigue and other symptoms. Walking the dog around the block, she said, raised her heart rate to 212 beats per minute. Like many other Americans with office jobs, she has been working remotely. Yet […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: The problem of ‘vaccine cheats’ is spreading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: The problem of ‘vaccine cheats’ is spreading

Some people are trying really, really hard to bend the rules and get vaccinated against Covid — lying and cheating to make it happen. Meanwhile, others are watching, appalled, at the behavior of people they know. We’ve seen people on social media scolding others for showing pictures of their newly vaccinated selves — even if […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: How people are making ‘backdoor’ shots happen

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: How people are making ‘backdoor’ shots happen

Let’s call them backdoor vaccines. Or loophole vaccines. As the vaccine rollout continues its chaotic march across the United States, some people are getting a vaccine even though they don’t qualify. Some people are going to incredible lengths — forged paperwork and false claims. There was even a story about a $2,000 offer for a […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: As insurers end grace period, patients can expect hospital bills

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: As insurers end grace period, patients can expect hospital bills

“Thousands of people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past year, and generally, most patients haven’t had to pay out of pocket for these costs,” Caroline Tien writes over at verywellhealth.com. “Government programs and insurance companies have largely borne the brunt of the cost. But that might be changing. Researchers at the University of […]

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 […]

How much does Truvada cost? Or, when your PEO insurance goes sideways

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How much does Truvada cost? Or, when your PEO insurance goes sideways

The man on the phone said his insurance company quintupled his premiums for next year, from $333 to $1,700, and he was really upset. He was even more upset that the only thing that had changed in his health care situation was that he had started taking Truvada, the anti-HIV drug. Truvada, also known as […]