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

Filed Under: Costs

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 return to the office: New Yorkers can now go back, but many won’t, per The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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 […]

Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

American patients who have gone through hell and high water to get a coronavirus test may be alarmed to learn about false negatives – what happens when a patient who actually has the virus gets a negative result on a laboratory test. The rate of accuracy for nasal swab tests, the mechanism overwhelmingly used to […]

N.Y. consumer hotline recovers nearly $2 million in restitution and savings: LongIsland.com

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

N.Y. consumer hotline recovers nearly $2 million in restitution and savings: LongIsland.com

“Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today released a report detailing the work of his Health Care Bureau’s Helpline, a free service offered by the Office of the Attorney General that has investigated and resolved over 2,500 consumer complaints during the past year – saving or returning almost $2 million in health care expenses to consumers,” […]

CORRECTION: Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

CORRECTION:  Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care

[Editor’s note: We originally titled this “Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care.” After we posted, we were told that the law noted here applies only to New Jersey residents, so the headline and other parts of the post were wrong. We’ve edited the post to reflect the language in the […]

‘Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare’: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Health reform

Summary: “Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act,” Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in The New York Times, looking at the A.C.A. landscape. “They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule […]

What will this insurance cost, and what will it cover? Obamacare and you. Part 3 of our series.

Here’s Part 3 of our mini-series on the Affordable Care Act and how the health insurance landscape is changing; Part 1 is here; Part 2 is here. * * * * * What can you tell me about buying health insurance under the new law? Not too much, please.  Stick with us. This is not […]

A comparison of monthly insurance premiums: Highest are MA, NY, NJ… and AK

How much does health insurance cost? Well, that depends. We picked up this chart online from healthinsurancesort. com, which got the info from ehealthinsurance.com. You might notice that both of the sources are selling insurance, and so … with anything else, you might want to consider the source. However, it’s too interesting to ignore: highest […]

A genuinely useful report on quality: Angioplasty in New York

Filed Under: Patients, Providers

It’s not just the cost information that’s unavailable in the health-care marketplace — it’s also quality information. So I was excited to see this wonky paper about cardiology outcomes. Called “Percutaneous Coronary Interventions in New York State 2008-2010,” it measures and catalogs frequency of angioplasty in New York hospitals, not just by hospital but also […]

Laurels to NYU Langone for this public resource on health

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Sometimes we complain about the terrible state of the health-care system in this country. A lot of the time, in fact. So it’s really nice to be able to praise someone. I just tripped across this fabulous listing of free and low-cost health-care resources for New Yorkers, brought to the web by the NYC Free […]