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

Filed Under: Patients, Providers

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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the data guy: Demystifying trends and seeing into the future

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the data guy: Demystifying trends and seeing into the future

Continuing with our series of interviews of people involved in health care in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, I caught up with Niall Brennan, C.E.O. of the Health Care Cost Institute research group, former chief data officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a former analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the E.R.: A New York emergency room nurse’s experience

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the E.R.: A New York emergency room nurse’s experience

Continuing our series of interviews with doctors and other medical personnel in the era of Covid-19: A nurse in the emergency room of a busy New York hospital told us about her experience, speaking on condition of anonymity.  Here’s a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity.   Phoebe Pinder (CHC) What […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: Two friends were tested for coronavirus. One bill was $199. The other? $6,408. – The New York Times

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: Two friends were tested for coronavirus. One bill was $199. The other? $6,408. – The New York Times

“Before a camping and kayaking trip along the Texas Coast, Pam LeBlanc and Jimmy Harvey decided to get coronavirus tests,” Sarah Kliff writes over at The New York Times. “They wanted a bit more peace of mind before spending 13 days in close quarters along with three friends.The two got drive-through tests at Austin Emergency […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the primary care doctor: ‘Creating a better system’ is his goal

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the primary care doctor: ‘Creating a better system’ is his goal

Continuing our series of interviews with doctors and other medical personnel in the era of Covid-19: Dr. Jeffrey Gold of Gold Direct Care is a direct primary care doctor -– meaning that his primary care practice runs on a subscription model, where patients pay a set fee monthly for all their primary care. Primary care […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and infectious disease: A specialist’s experience in a Queens hospital

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and infectious disease: A specialist’s experience in a Queens hospital

Continuing our series of interviews with doctors and other medical personnel in the era of Covid-19: Dr. Carlos Salama is an infectious disease specialist at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, N.Y. Elmhurst is a public hospital that is a part of the NYC Health and Hospitals system. Queens was among the hardest hit places in New […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Why are some people being asked to pay?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Why are some people being asked to pay?

While it’s widely believed that coronavirus (Covid-19) testing is supposed to be covered with no patient out-of-pocket payments by federal law in many cases, we have learned increasingly that Insurers are declining to pay. While we haven’t seen a flood of such reports, there are plenty. We’ve investigated a few, and found that in several […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and return to the office: New Yorkers can now go back, but many won’t, per The New York Times

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and return to the office: New Yorkers can now go back, but many won’t, per The New York Times

“Even as offices across New York City were allowed to welcome back employees on Monday for the first time in months, the number of those returning to work was far lower than the swarms that once jostled elbows on public transit and packed into high-rise elevators,” Michael Gold and Troy Closson write over at The […]