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COVID ‘long haulers’ suffer symptoms weeks, months later

In the early hours of an April morning, at her home in Erie, Malea Anderson woke up with what felt like an explosion of ice water up her spine and…

Success of a COVID-19 vaccine requires proper planning for equitable distribution

We cannot repeat these grave mistakes in our distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. The administration has a chance to get this right by developing a distribution plan that prioritizes health…

Act now to build on painful lessons learned during COVID-19

When the patient arrived at the clinic she had to wait for her appointment, and when the visit was over, she had to take all of these steps in reverse.…

Gap between what private insurers and Medicare pay hospitals is growing

The AHA has criticized previous versions of the RAND study. Tom Nickels, the trade group’s executive vice president, said the latest version “again perpetuates erroneous suggestions that Medicare payments should…

Nursing home commission makes recommendations to CMS to ‘save the lives’ of residents

A federal commission tasked with figuring out the best way to improve care in nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic called on CMS to be a leader and make changes…

COVID-19 test charges range from one cent to $14,750, study finds

COVID-19 relief legislation that lets providers in some cases set their own prices on COVID tests has resulted in charges as high as $14,750, a new study finds. Providers billed…

Democrats to probe whether officials meddled with virus data

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee is launching an investigation into whether political appointees have meddled with routine government scientific data to better align with President Donald Trump’s public statements…

White House expands international reference pricing to pharmacy drugs

The White House on Sunday released text of an executive order that aims to tie Medicare payments for outpatient and pharmacy drugs to the lowest price offered in comparable developed…

Strategies for consumer-centered care shift amid COVID-19

Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va., had been planning to roll out a multipronged digital front door strategy over the next 24 months. But as COVID-19 cases mounted in the spring,…

Are hospitals making money treating COVID-19 patients?

On HCA Healthcare’s second-quarter investor call, an analyst asked the for-profit chain’s chief financial officer an intriguing question: What’s the profitability of COVID-19 patients?  Posed to most other health systems,…