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

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you go about getting it?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you go about getting it?

Now that the coronavirus vaccine is here, the question on many minds is “when and how will I get it?” At Hands-On Rehab, an occupational therapy practice in Valhalla, N.Y., north of New York City, all the therapists and support staff are scheduled to get vaccinated the week of Jan. 10. They are in Phase […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccinations: On the front lines, travel nurses say they’re being kept in the dark on vaccines

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccinations: On the front lines, travel nurses say they’re being kept in the dark on vaccines

Traveling nurse companies have stayed busy this year. Across the country, demand has skyrocketed for travel nurses in hospitals as healthcare facilities face decreasing staff and increasing need as the pandemic drags on. But despite the industry’s runaway success, travel nurses who spoke to ClearHealthCosts said that they have been excluded from vaccination lists from […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: How medical racism informs mistrust

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: How medical racism informs mistrust

Not all Americans are enthusiastic about the arrival of the vaccine for the novel coronavirus. A study released in December from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that more than one-third of Black adults surveyed said they would “probably or definitely not” get a Covid vaccine, even if it was free and vetted by scientists. How […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medical racism: A Black Chicago doctor tells her story

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and medical racism: A Black Chicago doctor tells her story

Dr. Brittani James works on Chicago’s South Side as a family doctor, and also serves as an assistant professor at the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois. She also runs with her twin sister, a psychiatrist, the Institute for Antiracism in Medicine. Dr. James sat down for a video interview with ClearHealthCosts 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 […]

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. […]