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Lost On The Frontline | Kaiser Health News

America’s health care workers are dying. In some states, medical personnel account for as many as 20% of known coronavirus cases. They tend to...
Nurse Practitioner Surani Hayre-Kwan, left, and nurse practitioner student Kristina Crichton during an office visit with patient John Donaldson, a Guerneville resident who relies on Hayre-Kawn for his primary care. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

Exclusive: Nearly 600 — And Counting — US Health Workers Have Died Of COVID-19

Nearly 600 front-line health care workers appear to have died of COVID-19, according to Lost on the Frontline, a project launched by The Guardian...
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Federal Help Falters As Nursing Homes Run Short Of Protective Equipment

Around the country, nursing homes trying to protect their residents from the coronavirus eagerly await boxes of masks, eyewear and gowns promised by the...

COVID-19 abruma a las terapias intensivas en la frontera

SOBRE NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad...
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Fighting COVID And Police Brutality, Medical Teams Take To Streets To Treat Protesters

DENVER — Amid clouds of choking tear gas, booming flash-bang grenades and other other “riot control agents,” volunteer medics plunged into street protests over...
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Antibody Tests Were Hailed As Way To End Lockdowns. Instead, They Cause Confusion.

Aspen was an early COVID-19 hot spot in Colorado, with a cluster of cases in March linked to tourists visiting for its world-famous skiing....

Must-Reads Of The Week | Kaiser Health News

The news this week did seem dominated a bit by President Donald Trump. And most of it was trivial: Do we believe he is...

El Congreso dijo que los tests de COVID-19 debían ser gratuitos, pero ¿quién paga?

Los hospitales de todo el país tienen miedo de enviar cientos de miles de facturas relacionadas con las pruebas para COVID-19, porque el Congreso...

Científica genera imágenes del coronavirus para que todos vean al “enemigo invisible”

Desde su laboratorio en Montana, Elizabeth Fischer está tratando de ayudar a que las personas vean a qué se enfrentan con COVID-19. Durante las últimas...
In this March 28, 2020, file photo, David Yee, an NPI mechanical engineer, tests voltage of new batteries at Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, Calif. The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted companies large and small to rethink how they do business. Bloom Energy makes hydrogen fuel cells. But recently, they have been refurbishing old ventilators so hospitals can use them to keep coronavirus patients alive. (Beth LaBerge/KQED via AP, Pool, File)

Scientist Has ‘Invisible Enemy’ In Sights With Microscopic Portraits Of Coronavirus

From her laboratory in the far western reaches of Montana, Elizabeth Fischer is trying to help people see what they’re up against in COVID-19. Over...
In this April 2, 2020, file photo a nurse holds a vial and a swab at a drive-up coronavirus testing station at a hospital in Seattle. A federal report due out Monday, April 6, finds that three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Fewer Traffic Collisions During Shutdown Means Longer Waits For Organ Donations

On Day Two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s stay-at-home orders in March, Nohemi Jimenez got into her car in San Pablo, California, waved...
A staffer delivers a medical oxygen tank to coronavirus patients who are being treated at home, in Bergamo, one of the areas worst affected by the virus, Northern Italy, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

‘Last Responders’ Seek To Expand Postmortem COVID Testing In Unexplained Deaths

Examining dead bodies and probing for a cause of death is rarely seen as a heroic or glamorous job. Rather, as the coronavirus pandemic...
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Hospital Workers Complain of Minimal Disclosure After COVID Exposures

Dinah Jimenez assumed a world-class hospital would be better prepared than a chowder house to inform workers when they had been exposed to a...
Medical workers check on the conditions of patients in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China on Thursday reported 254 new deaths and a spike in virus cases of 15,152, after the hardest-hit province of Hubei applied a new classification system that broadens the scope of diagnoses for the outbreak, which has spread to more than 20 countries. (Chinatopix Via AP)

COVID Survivors’ Blood Plasma Is A Sought-After New Commodity

Diana Berrent learned she had tested positive for COVID-19 on a Wednesday in mid-March. Within a day, she had received 30 emails from people...
California Gov. Gavin Newsom displays a bottle of hand sanitizer while saying the state would take action against price gouging because of the coronavirus, at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, March 4, 2020. In the aftermath of the first California resident to die from the coronavirus, Newsom declared a state declared a statewide emergency to deal with the virus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Keeping The COVID Plague At Bay: How California Is Protecting Older Veterans

Dr. Vito Imbasciani has been at war with viruses since he was 5. Growing up near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New...

Viral Post Alleging Obama-Era Device Tax Caused Current PPE Shortage Is Way Off

A social media post, which in April was shared widely on Facebook and made appearances on a conservative online discussion forum, asserts that former...

COVID-Plagued California Nursing Homes Often Had Problems In Past

When Jorge Newbery finally got through to his 95-year-old mother, Jennifer, on a video call April 18, she could barely talk or move and...

As Coronavirus Strikes, Crucial Data In Electronic Health Records Hard To Harvest

When President Donald Trump started touting hydroxychloroquine as “one of the biggest game changers” for treating COVID-19, researchers hoped electronic health records could quickly...

COVID Tests Are Free, Except When They’re Not

Even before a novel virus swept around the world, Anna Davis Abel wore a mask to protect herself from getting sick. The 25-year-old writer lives...
In this March 28, 2020, file photo, David Yee, an NPI mechanical engineer, tests voltage of new batteries at Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, Calif. The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted companies large and small to rethink how they do business. Bloom Energy makes hydrogen fuel cells. But recently, they have been refurbishing old ventilators so hospitals can use them to keep coronavirus patients alive. (Beth LaBerge/KQED via AP, Pool, File)

As Ventilators Become Crucial In Saving Lives, Repair Roadblocks Remain

DENVER — For years, manufacturers of ventilators and other medical equipment have kept a tight grip on the ability of hospitals to service and...
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COVID-19 Brings Overhaul Of Military Health Care To A Halt

The agencies that oversee the health of U.S. military personnel and veterans were pushing ahead this spring with the biggest overhaul of their health...
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Lost On The Frontline | Kaiser Health News

America’s health care workers are dying. In some states, medical staff account for as many as 20% of known coronavirus cases. They tend to...
In this April 2, 2020, file photo a nurse holds a vial and a swab at a drive-up coronavirus testing station at a hospital in Seattle. A federal report due out Monday, April 6, finds that three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

True Toll Of COVID-19 On U.S. Health Care Workers Unknown

Christina Jewett and Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News The number of health care workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus is likely far higher...
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To ‘Keep The Lights On,’ Doctors And Hospitals Ask For Advance Medicare Payments

Darrin Menard, a family physician in Lafayette, Louisiana, has spent the past month easing patients’ anxieties about the coronavirus that has killed 10 people...
Lt. Col Shane Patty, right, gestures while speaking to Captain Torrance Pineau-Brown at a possible COVID-19 treatment site Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in San Mateo, Calif. The National Guard is currently setting up the federal cache, which includes cots and personal protective equipment needed to establish a federal medical station with capacity up to 250 beds. No patients will be immediately housed in the space but proactively standing it up now allows the County to be ready if and when hospitals need more medical spaces. Both men are from the 146th Airlift Wing, a unit of the California Air National Guard, stationed at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Oxnard, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, Pool)

‘It’s Like Walking Into Chernobyl,’ One Doctor Says Of Her Emergency Room

At one New York City hospital, a doctor’s used mask tore as she performed CPR on her infected patient. In Seattle, a nurse compares walking...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

‘Baby, I Can’t Breathe’: America’s First ER Doctor To Die In Heat Of COVID-19...

At about 5 a.m. on March 19, a New York City ER physician named Frank Gabrin texted a friend about his concerns over the...
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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Who Will Pay For COVID-19 Care?

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. In the absence of clear leadership from the federal government, states and private companies are...
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‘An Arm And A Leg’: Superheroes Of ‘Stuff’ Help Health Workers In NYC

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. “An Arm and a Leg” is back — sooner than we expected  — with stories about how...
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Dispatch From A Country Doctor: Seeing Patients Differently In The Time Of Coronavirus

Patients would often stop by River Bend Family Medicine just to gab with staff at the front desk or bring baked goods to Dr....
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., President Donald Trump, and Chevron CEO Mike Wirth listen during a meeting with energy sector business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Second Time Around? Health Care Issues Trump Might Tackle If Reelected

April 6, 2020 </p> <p>If President Donald Trump wins a second term in the White House, what health care policies might the nation expect from his...
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers To Be First In Line On Medical Supplies

The Trump administration quietly invoked the Defense Production Act to force medical suppliers in Texas and Colorado to sell to it first — ahead...
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As The Country Disinfects, Diabetes Patients Can’t Find Rubbing Alcohol

While the masses hunt for toilet paper, Caroline Gregory and other people with diabetes are on a different mission: scouring stores for the rubbing...
Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Browning is the second patient to receive the shot in the study. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Trump Touted Abbott’s Quick COVID-19 Test. HHS Document Shows Only 5,500 Are On Way...

A coronavirus test made by Abbott Laboratories and introduced with considerable fanfare by President Donald Trump in a Rose Garden news conference this week...
In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, a medical worker records down a patient's condition at Jinyintan Hospital designated for new coronavirus infected patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Chinatopix via AP)

Pandemic-Stricken Cities Have Empty Hospitals, But Reopening Them Is Difficult

As city leaders across the country scramble to find space for the expected surge of COVID-19 patients, some are looking at a seemingly obvious...
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California Hospitals Face Surge With Proven Fixes And Some Hail Marys

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). California’s hospitals thought they were ready for the next big disaster. They’ve retrofitted their buildings to...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

Listen: COVID-19 Stresses Rural Hospitals Even Before They Have A Single Case

April 1, 2020 </p> <p>KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber appeared on WOSU’s “<a href="https://radio.wosu.org/post/rural-hospitals-and-covid-19">All Sides with Ann Fisher</a>” out of Columbus, Ohio, to talk about the...
Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Browning is the second patient to receive the shot in the study. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Listen: Why It Takes So Long To Get COVID-19 Test Results

April 1, 2020 </p> <p>In this episode of “The Daily Dive,” a news podcast, KHN senior correspondent Julie Appleby and iHeart Radio’s Oscar Ramirez discuss the...
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Her Genetic Test Revealed A Microscopic Problem — And A Jumbo Price Tag

Michelle Kuppersmith, 32, feels great, works full time and exercises three to four times a week. So she was surprised when a routine blood...
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Coronavirus Patients Caught In Conflict Between Hospital And Nursing Homes

Judith Graham A wrenching conflict is emerging as the COVID-19 virus storms through U.S. communities: Some patients are falling into a no man’s land between...
Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Browning is the second patient to receive the shot in the study. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

What Takes So Long? A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Steps Involved In COVID-19 Testing

After a slow start, testing for COVID-19 has ramped up in recent weeks, with giant commercial labs jumping into the effort, drive-up testing sites...
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In Coronavirus Relief Bill, Hospitals Poised To Get Massive Infusion Of Cash

Congress is on the verge of approving a massive funding bill that would steer an unprecedented amount of cash to the nation’s hospitals that...
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Under Financial Strain, Community Health Centers Ramp Up Coronavirus Response

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced $100 million in supplemental funding for community health centers to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Health centers...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

Shortfall Of Comfort Care Signals Undue Suffering For Coronavirus Patients

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). For Jill Hofstede, whose 90-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s disease, news about...
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Hospital Suppliers Take To The Skies To Combat Dire Shortages Of COVID-19 Gear

Hospitals in the New York City area are turning to a private distributor to airlift millions of protective masks out of China. The U.S....
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Are Vital Home Health Workers Now A Safety Threat?

As a hospice nurse in Seattle, Diane Speer said giving out hugs to patients and family members was a routine part of home visits. But...
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Senators Who Led Pharma-Friendly Patent Reform Also Prime Targets For Pharma Cash

Early last year, as lawmakers vowed to curb rising drug prices, Sen. Thom Tillis was named chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on...
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Every year, pharmaceutical companies contribute millions of dollars to U.S. senators and representatives as part of a multipronged effort to influence health care lawmaking...
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With Medical Safety Gear Scarce, The Public Is Stepping Up. Here’s Help On Ways...

Increasingly desperate pleas from health care workers and public authorities for donations of face masks and other protective gear are an unsettling sign of...
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Seattle Nurses Scrounge For Masks To Stay Safe On Pandemic’s Front Lines

As the caseload of patients with the new coronavirus grows, masks and other personal protective equipment are in short supply — and nurses in...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

A View From The Front Lines Of California’s COVID-19 Battle

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). On Tuesday, Dr. Jeanne Noble devoted time between patient visits to hanging clear 2-gallon plastic...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

Ships, Planes, Trains, Scooters All Need A Virus Wipe. But What Does A ‘Deep...

The Diamond Princess cruise ship. A Georgetown church in Washington, D.C. A Latin American restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina. A hotel in Oklahoma City....
In this Feb. 13, 2020 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, nurses in protective suits treat a patient in the intensive care unit at Ditan Hospital in Beijing, one of the hospitals in China's capital that are receiving COVID-19 patients. China on Friday reported another sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new virus, as the death toll neared 1,400. (Zhang Yuwei/Xinhua via AP)

Surging Health Care Worker Quarantines Raise Concerns As Coronavirus Spreads

As the U.S. battles to limit the spread of the highly contagious new coronavirus, the number of health care workers ordered to self-quarantine because...
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Readers And Tweeters Dive Into Debate Over ‘Medicare For All’

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full...
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Abortion-Rights Supporters Fear Loss Of Access If Adventist Saves Hospital

For more than two years, physician assistant Dawn Hofberg fought to bring access to abortions back to California’s Mendocino Coast, a picturesque stretch of...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

To Fight Chinese Outbreak, Doctors Deploy Drugs Targeting HIV, Malaria And Ebola

As the scientific community scrambles to find a drug that can effectively treat tens of thousands of patients sickened by a new respiratory virus,...
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When Your Doctor Is Also A Lobbyist: Inside The War Over Surprise Medical Bills

When Carol Pak-Teng, an emergency room doctor in New Jersey, hosted a fundraiser in December for Democratic freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski, her guests, mostly...
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Beyond Burnout: Docs Decry ‘Moral Injury’ From Financial Pressures Of Health Care

Dr. Keith Corl was working in a Las Vegas emergency room when a patient arrived with chest pain. The patient, wearing his street clothes,...
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Conceived Through ‘Fertility Fraud,’ She Now Needs Fertility Treatment

When Heather Woock was in her late 20s, she started researching her family history. As part of the project, she spit into a tube...
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Despite New Doubts, ‘Hotspotting’ Help For Heavy Health Care Users Marches On

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). A highly publicized approach to lowering health costs failed to pass rigorous...
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How Fast Can A New Internet Standard For Sharing Patient Data Catch Fire?

Medical professionals have been storing personal health information in electronic form for more than a decade, but it is cumbersome for patients to gather...
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No Shield From X-Rays: How Science Is Rethinking Lead Aprons

CHICAGO — Patients have come to expect a technician to drape their torsos with a heavy lead apron when they get an X-ray, but...
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Warren and Klobuchar Say They Can Lower Drug Prices Without Congress’ Help

On Tuesday, two Democrats running for president promised to do — each by herself — what Washington has so far proven unable to do:...

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Hospital Known For Glamorous Patients, Opens New Doors To Its Neediest

<br /> LOS ANGELES — With its deluxe suites, A-list patients and world-class art collection that includes works by Picasso and Chagall, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s...
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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: How Do Other Countries Pay For Health Care?

<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Many proponents of creating a “Medicare for All” system in the United States say...
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A Reality Check On Artificial Intelligence: Are Health Care Claims Overblown?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8Dmek-7FKo Health products powered by artificial intelligence, or AI, are streaming into our lives, from virtual doctor apps to wearable sensors and drugstore chatbots. IBM boasted...
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Reports Of Patients’ Deaths Linked To Heart Devices Lurk Below Radar

Christina JewettThe Food and Drug Administration continues to file thousands of reports of patients’ deaths related to medical devices through a reporting system that...
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California AG Details ‘Historic’ Settlement Agreement In Sutter Health Antitrust Case

Sutter Health will pay $575 million to settle a closely watched antitrust case filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, whose office had accused...
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Yang And Sanders Use Maternal Mortality Stats To Talk About Race

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News and Victoria Knight In an exchange about racial inequality at December’s Democratic presidential primary debate, businessman Andrew Yang  highlighted jaw-droppingly...

Electronic Health Records Creating A ‘New Era’ Of Health Care Fraud, Officials Say

The federal government funneled billions in subsidies to software vendors who overstated or deceived the government about what their products could do, according to...

‘An Arm And A Leg’: Reporter Says ‘Shame’ Spurred Hospital To Cancel Debt For...

<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Multiple journalists have spotlighted huge medical bills that have left patients swimming in medical debt. After...
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Promising Greater Safety, A Tiny Widget Creates Chaos For Tube Feeders

Rachel Glenn loves to puree food and put it in her 4-year-old’s feeding tube. The Arkansas mom said her thick concoctions of fruit, vegetables,...
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Battling The Bullets From The Operating Room To The Community

Dr. Laurie Punch (center), a trauma surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, shows Melissa Woeppel (left) and Stan Schloesser how to apply a tourniquet during...

Pharma’s Take On The Pelosi Drug-Pricing Bill: Fair Warning Or Fearmongering?

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s flagship proposal to curb prescription drug prices, the “Lower Drug Costs Now Act” ― H.R. 3...

Medical Device Failures Brought To Light Now Bolster Lawsuits And Research

Lorraine Bonner, a retired Oakland, Calif., doctor who is now a sculptor, says she spent a year recovering after surgical staples were used to...

UVA Doctors Decry Aggressive Billing Practices By Their Own Hospital

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Prominent doctors at UVA Health System are expressing public outrage at their employer’s practices to collect unpaid medical debt from its patients. A Kaiser Health...

No Safety Switch: How Lax Oversight Of Electronic Health Records Puts Patients At Risk

In fall 2009, several dozen of the best minds in health information technology huddled at a hotel outside Washington, D.C., to discuss potential dangers...

Efforts To Move The Needle On Flu Shot Rates Get Stuck

It’s free and available everywhere. Yet most Americans skip the annual flu shot ― with the number of dispensed vaccines barely changed in the...

For Newborns With Hearing Loss, Screening Opens Window To A World Of Sound

Four-year-old Betty Schottler starts each morning with the same six sounds: , , , , , and . Her mom makes the sounds first, then...

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