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Posted in Hospitals Investigations Safety Net

St. Jude hoards billions while patient families drain their savings

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital promises not to bill families. But the cost of having a child at the hospital for cancer care leaves some families so strapped for money that parents share tips on spending…

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Posted in Coronavirus Hospitals

Dying on the waitlist

In Los Angeles County and around the country, doctors have had to decide who gets a lifesaving COVID-19 treatment and who doesn’t.  by David Armstrong and Marshall Allen Thursday, February 18, 2021 In early December, Miguel…

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is a publicly owned hospital delivering good care at lower prices than most others and still makes money ― yet the county is selling the hospital to one of the state’s biggest health care systems. (Andrew Craft for KHN)
Posted in Analysis Hospitals

If this self-sufficient hospital cannot stand alone, can any public hospital survive?

In America’s health care system, dominated by hospital chain leviathans, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is an anomaly. It is a publicly owned hospital that boasts good care at lower prices than…

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Posted in Coronavirus

Live free or die if you must, say Colorado urbanites — but not in my hospital

  by Rae Ellen Bichell January 2, 2021 ERIE, Colo.     Whenever Larry Kelderman looks up from the car he’s fixing and peers across the street, he’s looking across a border. His town of 28,000 straddles…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

No more ICU beds at the main public hospital in the nation’s largest county

by Bernard J. Wolfson Photos by Heidi de Marco December 18, 2020 She lay behind a glass barrier, heavily sedated, kept alive by a machine that blew oxygen into her lungs through a tube taped to…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Hospitals News Pro Publica

The Enraging Deja Vu of a Third Coronavirus Wave

Health care workers don’t need patronizing praise. They need resources, federal support, and for us to stay healthy and out of their hospitals. In many cases, none of that is happening. by Caroline Chen There’s a…

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Posted in Analysis Hospitals Kaiser Health News Medicare News

Biden plan to lower medicare eligibility age to 60 faces hostility from hospitals

“It is hard to find a reform idea that is more popular than opening up Medicare” Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Of his many plans to expand insurance coverage, President-elect Joe Biden’s…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

With all eyes on election results, experts horrified as Covid-19 hits new record

‘This Is a Tsunami… Pay Attention’ “I dreaded this day… Historic and unprecedented abandonment of the American people.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, November 5 With much of the nation’s attention understandably consumed by developments…

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Rodney Lavalais holds a photo of his mother, Sarah Johnson, outside her New Orleans home. (Kathleen Flynn/ProPublica)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Coronavirus Hospitals Pro Publica

Sent home to die

In New Orleans, hospitals sent patients infected with the coronavirus into hospice facilities or back to their families to die at home, in some cases discontinuing treatment even as relatives begged them to keep trying. by…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at a March 22 briefing, displayed a projection that New York could need 110,000 hospital beds. At the peak, fewer than 19,000 were hospitalized with COVID-19. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Hospitals Pro Publica

How America’s hospitals survived the first wave of the Coronavirus

ProPublica deputy managing editor Charles Ornstein wanted to know why experts were wrong when they said U.S. hospitals would be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Here’s what he learned, including what hospitals can do before the next…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Hospitals News The Conversation

Fearing coronavirus, patients are delaying hospital visits, putting health and lives at risk. ‘I thought I could wait this out’

The ultimate cost for delaying treatment can be loss of life. Data from the CDC shows the U.S. had 66,000 more deaths than expected from January through the end of April, with only about half of…

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Posted in Columns Hightower OtherWords

CEOs aren’t Pigs. That’s unfair to — to pigs —

—Pigs are intelligent animals with a sense of social responsibility. CEOs are looting taxpayers funds meant for small businesses.   by Jim Hightower Wednesday, May 13, 2020 There’s a general sentiment today that multimillionaire corporate chieftains…

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Posted in Children Coronavirus News The Conversation Youth

A mysterious illness is striking children amid the coronavirus pandemic

  by Mark Hicar, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Critically ill children have been ending up in intensive care units with shock-like symptoms in recent weeks, adding yet…

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Posted in Health Care Kaiser Health News News

Telehealth will be free, no copays, they said. But angry patients are getting billed.

Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News April 27, 2020 Karen Taylor had been coughing for weeks when she decided to see a doctor in early April. COVID-19 cases had just exceeded 5,000 in Texas, where she lives….

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Debt News Pro Publica

One thing the pandemic hasn’t stopped: aggressive medical-debt collection

U.S. hospitals are in the spotlight for being on the frontline of fighting the pandemic. But in the shadows, debt collection operations continue, often by the same institutions treating coronavirus patients, all while unemployment and uncertainty…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Government Podcasts Trump Inc

How Jared Kushner is tackling the White House’s Coronavirus response — Without any evident experience

The president’s son-in-law and adviser has added the emergency-response supply chain to his extensive list of duties. He views himself as a disrupter — but that’s not always a good thing. by Andrea Bernstein, WNYC April…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care The Conversation

Chronic conditions worsen coronavirus risk – here’s how to manage them amid the pandemic

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, University of Virginia Amid the stress and confusion of coronavirus shutdowns and social distancing orders, it can seem to older patients as though everything is on pause. Clinics have postponed regular office visits. Patients…

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Trump puts UnitedHealth Group, a for-profit Insurer in charge of Covid-19 hospital funds

‘Never Heard of Anything Like This’ “It’s simply bizarre and unconscionable that the Trump administration would have United manage billions in relief to hospitals.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 AM MST Watchdog…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

NYC Mayor and Health Officials misled public about plans to move COVID-19 patients into nursing home, advocates say

Lawmakers have also written that they are “deeply concerned” about the situation at a Roosevelt Island facility and the possibility that the coronavirus may be spreading from COVID-19 patients to long-time nursing home residents. by A.C….

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Medical staffing companies owned by rich investors cut doctor pay and now want bailout money

Companies that employ emergency room medical personnel, many owned by private equity firms, say they are reeling from vanishing demand for non-coronavirus care. But critics worry that bailout money would be a windfall for rich investors….

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care News Pro Publica

Rationing protective gear means checking on coronavirus patients less often. This can be deadly.

Low on essential supplies and fearing they’ll get sick, doctors and nurses told ProPublica in-person care for coronavirus patients has been scaled back. In some cases, it’s causing serious harm. by Joshua Kaplan, Lizzie Presser and…

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net Social Justice

Hospitals have left many COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English alone, confused and without proper care

One medical worker told us: “It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Nurses Public Health

Updated COVID-19 survey of Registered Nurses shows little improvement and worsening availability of personal protective equipment

By Meteor Staff A nationwide survey National Nurses United (NNU) has been conducting of registered nurses, the country’s frontline health care staff, continues to show that the vast majority of United States hospitals and health care…

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Posted in Analysis Health While we were looking elsewhere

On the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic: A doctor’s view

The virus is exposing inadequacies in health systems all over the world, especially the U.S.’s abysmal health infrastructure. Health workers on the ground continue to provide care during the pandemic despite the severe lack of resources…

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