Molly Wiese estaba perpleja. Sus padres y hermanos viven en el sur de California, y Wiese, abogada de 35 años, ha viajado cada Navidad desde que se mudó a Minnesota en 2007. Por la pandemia, Wiese pensó que esta vez sería más prudente quedarse. Pero… Read More »¿Viajas para el Día de Acción de Gracias? Deberás atravesar la barrera de COVID
In the second and final debate of the 2020 presidential race, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred over Trump’s handling of the pandemic and Biden’s plan to reform health care. In stark contrast to the first debate, there was more policy… Read More »In Tamer Debate, Trump and Biden Clash (Again) on President’s Pandemic Response
Molly Wiese was truly stumped. Her parents and siblings live in Southern California, and Wiese, a 35-year-old lawyer, has returned home every Christmas since she moved to Minnesota in 2007. Because of the pandemic, Wiese thought it would be wiser to stay put for once.… Read More »Travel on Thanksgiving? Pass the COVID
When COVID-19 began making headlines in March, Charles Collins pulled out a protective face mask from the supply at the manufacturing company in Rockaway, New Jersey, where he was the shop foreman and put it on. The dozen or so other workers at the facility… Read More »Workers Fired, Penalized for Reporting COVID Safety Violations
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. For the first time in a long time, there is some good news about the coronavirus pandemic: Although cases continue to climb, fewer people seem to be dying. And there are fewer cases than expected… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: A Little Good News and Some Bad on COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed patient expectations for healthcare delivery, including offered services and health office operations. Although health systems have remained dynamic in adopting telehealth capabilities, their long-term capital, like real estate and supply chain management (SCM) protocols, have not adapted to match… Read More »5 Trends Driving The Future of Healthcare Real Estate in 2020 & Beyond
If we really want to stem the spread of the coronavirus as winter looms and we wait for a vaccine, here’s an idea: The government should pay bars, many restaurants and event venues to close for some months. That may sound radical, but it makes… Read More »Analysis: Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here’s How to Save Them. And Us.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to have saved 2 million lives from COVID-19 through his actions to combat the disease. Recently, he made the assertion during the NBC News town hall on Oct. 15 that replaced the second presidential debate. “But we were expected… Read More »Trump Says He Saved 2 Million Lives From COVID. Really?
What You Should Know: – RLDatix acquires Verge Health, creating the largest safety-led compliance and credentialing software platform specifically designed for healthcare. – The acquisition will accelerate the adoption of RLDatix’s applied safety intelligence framework and create an industry-standard for proactive risk mitigation. RLDatix, the… Read More »RLDatix Acquires Verge Health to Accelerate Proactive Risk Mitigation in Healthcare
In mid-March, Karla Monterroso flew home to Alameda, California, after a hiking trip in Utah’s Zion National Park. Four days later, she began to develop a bad, dry cough. Her lungs felt sticky. The fevers that persisted for the next nine weeks grew so high… Read More »‘All You Want Is to Be Believed’: The Impacts of Unconscious Bias in Health Care
Just 15 days ahead of the election, Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney laid out his ideas on how he’d handle the COVID-19 pandemic if elected governor. Details were few, but the Democrat’s plan became one of only a handful being offered by candidates in the… Read More »Despite Pandemic Threat, Gubernatorial Hopefuls Avoid COVID Nitty-Gritty
Cuando Terry Mutter se despertó con dolor de cabeza y músculos adoloridos, el levantador de pesas amateur lo atribuyó a un entrenamiento duro. Sin embargo, ese miércoles a la noche tuvo 101 grados de fiebre y estaba claramente enfermo. “Me sentía como si me hubiera… Read More »¿Pueden los pacientes de COVID tener el tratamiento de Trump? Está bien preguntar
This brief examines key policy challenges and issues related to distributing a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., including funding, supply and logistics, federal, state, and local authorities, insurance coverage, addressing racial and ethnic disparities, and communication and trust.
When Terry Mutter woke up with a headache and sore muscles on a recent Wednesday, the competitive weightlifter chalked it up to a hard workout. By that evening, though, he had a fever of 101 degrees and was clearly ill. “I felt like I had… Read More »Can Ordinary COVID Patients Get the Trump Treatment? It’s OK to Ask
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Ever since Mercy Hospital went “corporate,” things just haven’t been the same — that’s what lots of locals in Fort Scott, Kansas, said when the Mercy health system shuttered the only hospital in town. It’s been years… Read More »‘No Mercy’ Chapter 4: So, 2 Nuns Step Off a Train in Kansas … A Hospital’s Origin Story
SACRAMENTO — A November ballot initiative to raise property taxes on big-business owners in California is drawing unconventional political support from health care power players and public health leaders. They see Proposition 15 as a potential savior for chronically underfunded local health departments struggling to… Read More »Health Care Groups Dive Into Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money
In March, Sue Williams-Ward took a new job, with a $1-an-hour raise. The employer, a home health care agency called Together We Can, was paying a premium — $13 an hour — after it started losing aides when COVID-19 safety concerns mounted. Williams-Ward, a 68-year-old… Read More »Most Home Health Aides ‘Can’t Afford Not to Work’ — Even When Lacking PPE
Trombonist Jerrell Charleston loves the give-and-take of jazz, the creativity of riffing off other musicians. But as he looked toward his sophomore year at Indiana University, he feared that steps to avoid sharing the coronavirus would also keep students from sharing songs. “Me and a… Read More »Musicians Improvise Masks for Wind Instruments to Keep the Band Together
The poll examines the public’s views on the Supreme Court case to overturn the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Less than a month from the results of the 2020 presidential election, this poll examines the top issues for voters… Read More »KFF Health Tracking Poll – October 2020: The Future of the ACA and Biden’s Advantage On Health Care
On Monday, President Donald Trump claimed that the World Health Organization (WHO) “admitted” he was correct that using lockdowns to control the spread of COVID-19 was more damaging than the illness. In a post on Twitter, Trump wrote: “The World Health Organization just admitted that… Read More »No, the WHO Didn’t Change Its Lockdown Stance or ‘Admit’ Trump Was Right
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Republicans appear to be on track to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before Election Day, cementing a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court regardless of what happens Nov. 3. Democrats,… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Democrats May Lose on SCOTUS, But Hope to Win on ACA
In late March, shortly after New York state closed nonessential businesses and asked people to stay home, Ashley Laderer began waking each morning with a throbbing headache. “The pressure was so intense it felt like my head was going to explode,” recalled the 27-year-old freelance… Read More »Sleepless Nights, Hair Loss and Cracked Teeth: Pandemic Stress Takes Its Toll
Los Angeles County officials attribute a dramatic decline in COVID-19 death and case rates among Blacks and Latinos over the past two months to aggressive workplace health enforcement and the opening of tip lines to report violations. Now, officials intend to cement those gains by… Read More »COVID Crackdowns at Work Have Saved Black and Latino Lives, LA Officials Say
Lone Tree, Colorado.- Darcy Velásquez, de 42 años, y su madre, Roberta Truax, caminaban recientemente por el centro comercial Park Meadows, 15 millas al sur del centro de Denver, buscando regalos de Navidad para los dos hijos de Velásquez, cuando vieron una tienda con un… Read More »Aunque preferiría cerrar, la cadena de tiendas COVID-19 Essentials se expande
By KIM BELLARD We’re in the midst of a major U.S. election, as well as hearings on a Supreme Court vacancy, so people are thinking about litmus tests and single issue voters – the most typical of which is whether someone is “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” … Read More »A War on Science is a War on Us
By KIM BELLARD We’re in the midst of a major U.S. election, as well as hearings on a Supreme Court vacancy, so people are thinking about litmus tests and single issue voters – the most typical of which is whether someone is “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” … Read More »A War on Science is a War on Us
Los gigantes farmacéuticos Regeneron y Gilead Sciences obtuvieron el tipo de publicidad que el dinero no puede comprar luego que el presidente Donald Trump tomara sus medicamentos experimentales para tratar su infección por coronavirus, y se declarara completamente recuperado después de dejar el hospital. “Fue… Read More »COVID-19: las farmacéuticas elogiadas por Trump mandan dinero a Biden
KHN reporter Victoria Knight discussed this week’s vice presidential debate with Newsy’s “Morning Rush” on Thursday. Click here to watch Knight on Newsy Read “In Debate, Pence and Harris Offer Conflicting Views of Nation’s Reality,” by the staffs of KHN and PolitiFact KHN chief Washington… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week
Pharmaceutical giants Regeneron and Gilead Sciences got the kind of publicity money can’t buy this week after President Donald Trump took their experimental drugs for his coronavirus infection, left the hospital and pronounced himself fully recovered. “It was, like, unbelievable. I felt good immediately,” Trump… Read More »As Trump Touts His ‘Great’ COVID Drugs, the Pharma Cash Flows to Biden, Not Him
The convergence of the coronavirus pandemic and election season has complicated this year’s voting for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care centers. Many seniors who need help to get or fill out their ballots may be stymied by shifting rules… Read More »Pandemic Erects Barriers for Prized Bloc of Voters in Nursing Homes, Senior Facilities
The Trump administration’s pandemic response: decisive action that saved lives, or the greatest failure of any presidential administration? During Wednesday’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Mike Pence and the Democratic challenger, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, offered drastically different takes — from behind plexiglass screens… Read More »In Debate, Pence and Harris Offer Conflicting Views of Nation’s Reality
It took Carrie Wanamaker several days to connect the face she saw on GoFundMe with the young woman she had met a few years before. According to the fundraising site, Adeline Fagan, a 28-year-old resident OB-GYN, had developed a debilitating case of COVID-19 and was… Read More »Young Doctor Succumbs to COVID, One of the South’s Many Health Workers Lost
Even with insurance, Matthew Fentress faced a medical bill of more than $10,000 after a heart operation. A cook at a senior living community in Kentucky, he figured he could never pay what he owed — until a stranger who lives 2,000 miles away stepped… Read More »Moved by Plight of Young Heart Patient, Stranger Pays His Hospital Bill
CALEXICO, Calif. — The message wasn’t lost on Daniel Gonzalez. Early in the pandemic, one of the first things Imperial County did to ward off the virus was close the public bathrooms and, later, public cooling centers. In this sprawling Southern California desert, where summer… Read More »Hard Lives Made Harder by COVID: Homeless Endure a ‘Slow-Moving Train Wreck’
What You Should Know: – AMA announces new CPT codes for multi-virus tests to detect COVID-19 and flu for immediate use. The American Medical Association (AMA) today published an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set that includes new code additions and editorial revisions for… Read More »AMA Adds New CPT Codes Multi-Virus Tests to Detect COVID-19 and Flu
As trust in the Food and Drug Administration wavers, several states have vowed to conduct independent reviews of any COVID-19 vaccine the federal agency authorizes. But top health experts say such vetting may be misguided, even if it reflects a well-founded lack of confidence in… Read More »Distrusting Trump, States Plan to Vet COVID Vaccines Themselves. Bad Idea, Say Experts.
Cozbi Mazariegos stays in shape these days by running room to room inside her Marin City apartment to answer questions from her kids, ages 7, 10 and 12. They’re all working at home on laptops issued by their school, Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy.… Read More »One School, Two Choices: A Study in Classroom vs. Distance Learning
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Closing a hospital hurts. In Fort Scott, Kansas, no one was a bigger symbol for that loss — or bigger target for the town’s anger — than hospital president Reta Baker. Baker was at the helm when… Read More »‘No Mercy’ Chapter 2: Unimaginable, After a Century, That Their Hospital Would Close
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Breaking up parties, confiscating booze and answering noise complaints — being a resident adviser has always required a willingness to be the “bad guy” and uphold university policy despite the protests of friends and peers. Now there’s a new element to the job description: COVID… Read More »Campus Dorm Resident Assistants Adjust to a New Role: COVID Cop
As stores, restaurants, airlines and offices try to lure clients back, this is what they need to do to earn my business: Make me feel safe — no, make me be as safe as possible. As I’ve begun to explore old haunts, some are doing… Read More »Analysis: ‘Don’t Be Afraid of COVID’? Not Buying It, Unless Businesses Do Job Right
As the coronavirus pandemic broke out across the country, health care providers and scientists relied on the standard method for detecting respiratory viruses: sticking a long swab deep into the nose to get a sample. The obstacles to implementing such testing on a mass scale… Read More »Easier-to-Use Coronavirus Saliva Tests Start to Catch On
Gerry Miller, Founder & CEO at Cloudticity The coronavirus pandemic accelerated telemedicine exponentially as patients and doctors switched from in-person visits to remote consultations. Health providers rapidly scaled virtual offerings in March and April and traffic volumes soared to unprecedented levels, with practices “seeing 50… Read More »3 Telemedicine Security and Compliance Best Practices
What You Should Know: – NVIDIA and Massachusetts General Brigham Hospital researchers develop an AI model that determines whether a person showing up in the emergency room with COVID-19 symptoms will need supplemental oxygen hours or even days after an initial exam. – The ultimate… Read More »NVIDIA Develops AI Model to Accurately Predict Oxygen Needs for COVID-19 Patients
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DENVER — D.j. Mattern had her Type 1 diabetes under control until COVID’s economic upheaval cost her husband his hotel maintenance job and their health coverage. The 42-year-old Denver woman suddenly faced insulin’s exorbitant list price — anywhere from $125 to $450 per vial —… Read More »Not Pandemic-Proof: Insulin Copay Caps Fall Short, Fueling Underground Exchanges
President Donald Trump makes no secret he would like a COVID-19 vaccine to be available before the election. But it’s doubtful that will happen and, even after a vaccine wins FDA approval, there would be a long wait before it’s time to declare victory over… Read More »5 Things to Know About a COVID Vaccine: It Won’t Be a ‘Magic Wand’
President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis is raising fresh questions about the White House’s strategy for testing and containing the virus for a president whose cavalier attitude about the coronavirus has persisted since it landed on American shores. The president has said others are tested before… Read More »The Mysterious White House Testing Scheme That Did Not Protect Trump
El diagnóstico de COVID-19 del presidente Donald Trump está generando nuevas preguntas sobre la estrategia de la Casa Blanca para realizar pruebas y contener la propagación del virus, con un presidente que ha tenido una actitud arrogante desde que el coronavirus aterrizó en suelo estadounidense.… Read More »El sistema de pruebas para COVID de la Casa Blanca no protegió al presidente
Nils Hase, a retiree who lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida, is wearing a mask and loading his Home Depot haul into his car on a recent weekday afternoon. In the store, because Home Depot insists customers and staff across the country wear masks, most faces… Read More »Wear a Mask. If Only It Were That Simple.
In August, Robert Pettigrew was working a series of odd jobs. While washing the windows of a cellphone store he saw a sign, one that he believes the “good Lord” placed there for him. “Facing eviction?” the sign read. “You could be eligible for up… Read More »Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims to Curb Them ― For Now.
Thousands of minks at Utah fur farms have died because of the coronavirus in the past 10 days, forcing nine sites in three counties to quarantine, but the state veterinarian said people don’t appear to be at risk from the outbreak. The COVID-19 infections likely… Read More »Thousands of Minks Dead as COVID Outbreak Escalates on Utah Farms
Andy Aroditis, CEO, NextGate The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a medical crisis. Since the highly contagious disease hit American shores in early 2020, the virus has dramatically changed all sectors of society, negatively impacting everything from food supply chains and sporting events to the… Read More »Accounting for the Social Determinants of Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
What You Should Know: – physIQ has been selected by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop an innovative AI-based COVID-19 digital biomarker solution to address the COVID-19 pandemic. – Early detection of COVID-19 decompensation in patients is complicated by infrequent and non-specific clinical… Read More »NIH Taps PhysIQ to Develop AI-Based COVID-19 Digital Biomarker
When food production technology made it possible, wheat flour processors started to eliminate the tough exterior (bran) and nutrient-rich core (germ) of the kernel to get at the large, starchy part (the endosperm) only. The bread produced from this process is white and fluffy, and… Read More »Why Hasn’t A More Holistic Approach to Patient Care Become The Norm?
What You Should Know: – Anthem extends the use of doc.ai’s platform and portfolio of privacy-first technologies and artificial intelligence software services to drive the personalization of Anthem’s digital assets and create improved value for users. – doc.ai’s product offerings are deployed on its cloud-agnostic… Read More »Anthem Expands Relationship with doc.ai to Power Digital Health Offerings
‘There was a lot of death and suffering’: How soldiers turned the tide in Ontario’s long-term care homes
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La temporada de influenza se verá diferente este año, ya que los Estados Unidos se enfrentan a una pandemia de coronavirus que ya ha matado a más de 176.000 personas. Muchos estadounidenses son reacios a ir al médico y los funcionarios de salud pública temen… Read More »COVID + Influenza: éste es un buen año para vacunarse, aconsejan expertos
President Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president in a 70-minute speech from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday night. Speaking to a friendly crowd that didn’t appear to be observing social distancing conventions, and with few participants wearing masks,… Read More »Republican Convention, Day 4: Fireworks … and Shining a Light on Trump’s Claims
Flu season will look different this year, as the country grapples with a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 172,000 people. Many Americans are reluctant to visit a doctor’s office and public health officials worry people will shy away from being immunized. Although sometimes… Read More »COVID + Influenza: This Is a Good Year to Get a Flu Shot, Experts Advise
As the smoke thickened near her home in Santa Cruz, California, last week, Amanda Smith kept asking herself the same questions: Should we leave? And where would we go? The wildfire evacuation zone, at the time, ended a few blocks from her house. But she… Read More »How to Weigh Evacuation Options With Both Wildfires and COVID at Your Door
President Donald Trump told the American people this week that convalescent plasma is a potential new treatment for COVID-19. His announcement followed the Food and Drug Administration’s decision Sunday to grant fast-track authorization for its emergency use as a treatment for hospitalized COVID patients. This… Read More »5 Things to Know About Convalescent Blood Plasma
Vice President Mike Pence portrayed his boss, President Donald Trump, as a leader who has reached out across the aisle to help during the coronavirus pandemic. “President Trump marshaled the full resources of the federal government and directed us to forge a seamless partnership with… Read More »Pence Praises Trump’s ‘Seamless’ COVID Response, Leaves Out His State Feuds
In accepting the Republican Party nomination Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence accurately recounted the history of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, and how a failed British bombardment in 1814 helped inspire Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Pence’s claims about the Trump administration as well… Read More »Republican Convention, Day 3: Revisionist History
Leslie Cutitta said yes, twice, when clinicians from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston called asking whether she wanted them to take — and then continue — extreme measures to keep her husband, Frank Cutitta, alive. The first conversation, in late March, was about whether to… Read More »Another COVID Mystery: Patients Survive Ventilator, But Linger in a Coma
Dr. Reza Chowdhury didn’t charge copays when his patients were low on cash. He gave them his home phone number and answered their medical questions at all hours. Once, when Chowdhury’s daughter, Nikita Rahman, struck up a conversation with a New York taxi driver, it… Read More »They Cared for Some of New York’s Most Vulnerable Communities. Then 12 Died.
Detective Ryan Holets, whose personal story includes the adoption of an infant born to a drug-addicted mother, addressed the Republican National Convention on its second night. He praised President Donald Trump’s efforts in addressing drug and opioid abuse and noted “drug overdose deaths… Read More »Drug Overdose Deaths Showed a One-Year Decline in 2018. But There’s More to the Story.
The Republican National Convention offered Americans a picture Tuesday night of a compassionate White House in action. But not a lot was said about the biggest health crisis in a century that has killed more than 170,000 people in this country. First lady Melania Trump… Read More »Republican Convention, Day 2: Pomp, the Pandemic and Planned Parenthood
Cheryl and Corrina Thinn were almost joined at the hip. The sisters, both members of the Navajo Nation, shared an office at Arizona’s Tuba City Regional Health Care. Cheryl conducted reviews to make sure patients were receiving adequate care. Corrina was a social worker. Their… Read More »Two Navajo Sisters Who Were Inseparable Died of COVID Just Weeks Apart
The patients at Dr. Eric Daar’s hospital are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19, and he’s determined to make sure they’re part of the effort to fight the disease. He also hopes they can protect themselves in the process. When Daar and his… Read More »LA Hospital Seeks Vaccine Trial Participants Among Its Own High-Risk Patients
More than 1,000 front-line health care workers reportedly have died of COVID-19, according to Lost on the Frontline, an ongoing investigation by The Guardian and KHN to track and memorialize every U.S. health care worker who dies from the coronavirus. Earlier this month, the organizations… Read More »Many People of Color, Immigrants Among 1,080 US Health Workers Lost to COVID
Before the prime-time GOP showcase began, President Donald Trump took to the podium Monday afternoon and delivered an approximately one-hour campaign-style speech to delegates after he was officially renominated by the Republican Party as its candidate for president. His comments were wide-ranging, and our partners… Read More »Republican Convention, Day 1: A Campaign-Style Trump Speech and More
If you have declined to wear a face mask during the COVID-19 crisis, you might want to reconsider, as the smoke from over 300 wildfires chokes people across central and Northern California. But you are going to have to think a little more about what… Read More »Wildfires Provide Another Reason to Mask Up
In a business driven by profit, vaccines have a problem. They’re not very profitable — at least not without government subsidies. Pharma companies favor expensive medicines that must be taken repeatedly and generate revenue for years or decades. Vaccines are often given only once or… Read More »Rather Than Give Away Its COVID Vaccine, Oxford Makes a Deal With Drugmaker
As some parts of America gingerly begin to open up after months of near-total lockdown, people have questions. Will it be safe to take a train? A plane? Visit the hair salon? An indoor restaurant? There are many knowable parameters in the equation: your health;… Read More »Analysis: You’ve Checked for Fever. Now, What’s Your Risk Tolerance?
On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was among the first in a weeklong parade of speakers to issue scathing critiques of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response. Cuomo’s criticisms drew a quick reply in a tweet from Michael… Read More »Is Cuomo Directive to Blame for Nursing Home COVID Deaths, as US Official Claims?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On a sweltering July morning, Rose Wilson struggled to breathe as she sat in her bed, the light from her computer illuminating her face and the oxygen tubes in her nose. Wilson, a retiree who worked as a public health department nurse… Read More »Florida’s Cautionary Tale: How Gutting and Muzzling Public Health Fueled COVID Fire
As the coronavirus crisis lit up this spring, headlines about how the U.S. could innovate its way out of a pending ventilator shortage landed almost as hard and fast as the pandemic itself. The New Yorker featured “The MacGyvers Taking on the Ventilator Shortage,” an… Read More »Inside the Race to Build a Better $500 Emergency Ventilator
If all goes according to plan, Penn State University students who opt for an on-campus experience this fall will start in-person classes on Aug. 24 under the banner of a “Mask Up or Pack Up” campaign. By returning to campus, students are agreeing to wear… Read More »One College’s Pop-Up COVID Test: Stop and ‘Smell the Roses’ (Or the Coffee)
The Trump administration’s latest effort to use COVID-19 rapid tests — touted by one senior official as a “turning point” in arresting the coronavirus’s spread within nursing homes — is running into roadblocks likely to limit how widely they’ll be used. Federal officials are distributing… Read More »Trump Is Sending Fast, Cheap COVID Tests to Nursing Homes — But There’s a Hitch
In a near-empty arena on the river in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, former Vice President Joe Biden accepted the Democratic nomination for president, promising hope over fear, fairness over privilege, love over hate. And, he said, “Facts over fiction.” Let’s see about that. Our… Read More »Democratic Convention, Night 4: ‘Facts Over Fiction’ in Biden’s Speech
Yousuf El-Jayyousi, a junior engineering student at the University of Missouri, wanted guidance and reassurance that it would be safe to go back to school for the fall semester. He tuned into a pair of online town halls organized by the university hoping to find… Read More »Swab, Spit, Stay Home? College Coronavirus Testing Plans Are All Over the Map
From the early days of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, states have wrestled with the best course of action for bars and nightclubs, which largely have their economic prospects tied to social gatherings in tight quarters. As the virus has pinched the industry’s lifeblood, bar owners… Read More »Deadly Mix: How Bars Are Fueling COVID-19 Outbreaks
The failure of California’s infectious disease monitoring system for a stretch of at least 20 days in July and August triggered potentially deadly fallout that continues to reverberate across the state. The fallout has been most severe in heavily populated counties, which rely primarily on… Read More »California’s Data Failures Stymie Efforts to Curb the Virus
Even as his state is a hotbed for COVID-19, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been pushing schools to reopen so parents have the choice of sending children back to the classroom or keeping them home to learn virtually. The Republican governor has said children without… Read More »DeSantis Says COVID Is a Lower Risk for School-Aged Kids Than Flu
The third night of the Democratic National Convention was all about one thing: Sen. Kamala Harris of California becoming the first Black and Indian American woman to accept a major political party’s vice presidential nomination. But key Democratic criticisms — many rooted in health care… Read More »Democratic Convention, Night 3: Making the Party Lines Clear
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Democrats have shown a remarkably united front, including on health care, in their socially distant, made-for-TV convention this week. That’s likely due, at least in part, to the physical separation of party members who disagree… Read More »KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Democrats in Array (For Now)
Funcionarios estatales y agencias federales están alertando sobre una nueva estafa telefónica: personas que llaman haciéndose pasar por rastreadores de contactos de COVID-19 e intentan obtener información de la tarjeta de crédito o de la cuenta bancaria de víctimas desprevenidas. Al parecer, los estafadores se… Read More »Alerta por fraude: cosas que un rastreador de contactos de COVID nunca preguntaría
State officials and federal agencies warn there’s a new phone scam circulating: Some callers posing as COVID-19 contact tracers try to pry credit card or bank account information from unsuspecting victims. The grifters apparently are taking advantage of a genuine public health intervention that’s crucial… Read More »Scam Alert: Things a COVID Contact Tracer Wouldn’t Say
HELENA, Mont. — Jon Paul was leery entering his first wildfire camp of the year late last month to fight three lightning-caused fires scorching parts of a Northern California forest that hadn’t burned in 40 years. The 54-year-old engine captain from southern Oregon knew from… Read More »COVID Plans Put to Test as Firefighters Crowd Camps for Peak Wildfire Season
What You Should Know: – New Chilmark Research report on revenue integrity in healthcare reveals a transitional market making strides to address the new burdens of modern care economics. – The ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency underscores the imperative need for automation and reduced administrative costs even… Read More »Report: Modern Revenue Integrity Solutions Driving Payment Performance
Amy Oughton, Founder, and CEO Dream in Color Seniors have the lowest reported usage of telehealth of any age group. As many healthcare providers are increasing the use of telehealth, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of new tools and technologies could… Read More »9 Ways UX/UI Design Can Improve Digital Health Adoption for Seniors
In some ways, the nation’s COVID testing system is like a game of Jenga: When one piece falters, the entire tower collapses. Take Sacramento County, home to 1.5 million people and California’s capital. Coronavirus cases started surging in late June, and on July 15, 360… Read More »COVID Testing Choke Points
As the coronavirus crisis deepened in April, Georgia officials circulated documents showing that to get through the next month, the state would need millions more masks, gowns and other supplies than it had on hand. The projections, obtained by KHN and other organizations in response… Read More »As Georgia Reopened, Officials Knew of Severe Shortage of PPE for Health Workers
What You Should Know: – Cerner announces a commitment to help expand COVID-19 testing at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the U.S through a partnership with Testing for America. – As part of the partnership, Cerner will serve as the national technology partner for a return… Read More »Cerner Technology to Support COVID-19 Testing for HBCUs Nationwide
On the first night of the Democrats’ 2020 national convention, one thing was clear. This time would be different. No crowds, buttons, placards or party swag. The coronavirus pandemic was an ever-present theme. Still, there was a virtual National Anthem and everyday people offering their… Read More »Democratic Convention, Night 1: Hitting Trump Team on Pandemic Preparedness
As Xinyi Christine Zhang watched the COVID-19 death toll among health care workers rise this spring, she wanted to find a way to give solace — and thanks — to their families. The teenager, of South Brunswick Township, New Jersey, joined her church in commemorating… Read More »Teen Artist’s Portraits Help Frame Sacrifice of Health Care Workers Lost to COVID
GARDENA, Calif. — Daisy Conant, 91, thrives off routine. One of her favorites is reading the newspaper with her morning coffee. But, lately, the news surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has been more agitating than pleasurable. “We’re dropping like flies,” she said one recent morning, throwing… Read More »Isolation, Disruption and Confusion: Coping With Dementia During a Pandemic
Miles de cartas llenas de dinero inundaron el buzón de correo de Jonas Salk la semana después que su vacuna contra la polio fuera declarada segura y eficaz en 1955. Todo el mundo la quería. Los padres desesperados saturaban las líneas telefónicas de sus médicos… Read More »Confianza, miedo y solidaridad marcarán el éxito de una vacuna contra COVID
As the coronavirus began to spread through Minneapolis this spring, Health Commissioner Gretchen Musicant tore up her budget to find funds to combat the crisis. Money for test kits. Money to administer tests. Money to hire contact tracers. Yet even more money for a service… Read More »Politics Slows Flow of US Pandemic Relief Funds to Public Health Agencies
Thousands of letters stuffed with money flooded Jonas Salk’s mailbox the week after his polio vaccine was declared safe and effective in 1955. Everybody wanted his vaccine. Desperate parents clogged doctors’ phone lines in search of the precious elixir; drug companies and doctors diverted doses… Read More »Trust, Fear and Solidarity Will Determine the Success of a COVID Vaccine
MEDFORD, Ore. — From the outside, it appears to be just another suburban allergy clinic, a tidy, tan brick-and-cinder-block building set back from a busy highway and across the road from an auto parts store. But inside the offices of the Clinical Research Institute of… Read More »With COVID Vaccine Trial, Rural Oregon Clinic Steps Onto World Stage
Shortages of personal protective equipment and medical supplies could persist for years without strategic government intervention, officials from health care and manufacturing industries have predicted. Officials said logistical challenges continue seven months after the coronavirus reached the United States, as the flu season approaches and… Read More »PPE Shortage Could Last Years Without Strategic Plan, Experts Warn
Health workers across the country looked on in horror when New York became the global epicenter of the coronavirus. Now, as physicians in cities such as Houston, Phoenix and Miami face their own COVID-19 crises, they are looking to New York, where the caseload has… Read More »‘Is This When I Drop Dead?’ Two Doctors Report From the COVID Front Lines
After terrorists slammed a plane into the Pentagon on 9/11, ambulances rushed scores of the injured to community hospitals, but only three of the patients were taken to specialized trauma wards. The reason: The hospitals and ambulances had no real-time information-sharing system. Nineteen years later,… Read More »COVID Data Failures Create Pressure for Public Health System Overhaul
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. California Sen. Kamala Harris, the newly named running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, doesn’t have a lot of background in health policy. But that’s unlikely to prevent Republicans from using her on-again,… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Kamala Harris on Health
El hecho de que muchas empresas vuelvan a abrir no significa que la pandemia haya terminado. El coronavirus todavía anda suelto, en realidad aumentando en muchos lugares, lo que significa que las personas tienen que tomar decisiones serias sobre su salud cada día. Nada en… Read More »Tu restaurant o tienda favorita están abiertas. ¿Cómo saber si está bien ir?
Jasmine Obra believed that if it wasn’t for her brother Joshua, she wouldn’t exist. When 7-year-old Josh realized that his parents weren’t going to live forever, he asked for a sibling so he would never be alone. By spring 2020, at ages 29 and 21,… Read More »Dying Young: The Health Care Workers in Their 20s Killed by COVID-19
It’s a familiar moment. The kids want their cereal and the coffee’s brewing, but you’re out of milk. No problem, you think — the corner store is just a couple of minutes away. But if you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to the coronavirus,… Read More »Contact Tracers in Massachusetts Might Order Milk or Help With Rent. Here’s Why.
As the coronavirus swept into Detroit this spring, Wayne State University junior Skye Taylor noticed something striking. On social media, many of her fellow Black classmates who live or grew up in the city were “posting about death, like, ‘Oh, I lost this family member… Read More »Turning Anger Into Action: Minority Students Analyze COVID Data on Racial Disparities
Julie Rovner, KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, on Tuesday joined WDET’s “Detroit Today” host Stephen Henderson and Dr. George Kipa, the deputy chief medical officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, to talk about the future of telemedicine and whether Medicare and private insurers will… Read More »Listen: Will Telemedicine Outlast the Pandemic?
What You Should Know: – HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will award up to five 5 cooperative agreements under the Strengthening the Technical Advancement and Readiness of Public Health Agencies via Health Information Exchange (STAR HIE) Program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a Notice of Funding… Read More »HHS Announces Investments for STAR HIE Program to Support State and Local Public Health Agencies
En una cálida tarde de finales de junio, la gente acudió en masa a las mesas al aire libre de la calle principal de esta ciudad para tomar sauvignon blanc, comer pizza cocinada en horno de leña y celebrar “Dining Under the Lights”, uno de… Read More »El coronavirus prolifera entre trabajadores latinos en un condado rico de California
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — On a warm evening in late June, people flocked to alfresco tables set up along this town’s main drag to sip sauvignon blanc and eat wood-oven pizza for Dining Under the Lights, an event to welcome Marin County residents back to… Read More »In Health-Conscious Marin County, Virus Runs Rampant Among ‘Essential’ Latino Workers
For Dr. Gabe Charbonneau, a primary care doctor in Stevensville, Montana, the coronavirus pandemic is an existential threat. Charbonneau, 43, his two partners and 10 staff members are struggling to keep their rural practice alive. Patient volume is slowly returning to pre-COVID levels. But the… Read More »Primary Care Doctors Look at Payment Overhaul After Pandemic Disruption
The first call in early April was from the testing center, informing the nurse she was positive for COVID-19 and should quarantine for two weeks. The second call, less than 20 minutes later, was from her employer, as the hospital informed her she could return… Read More »Nurses and Doctors Sick With COVID Feel Pressured to Get Back to Work
What You Should Know: The FDA and Syapse announce research collaboration expansion to address urgent public health challenges including supporting FDA’s goal of rapid understanding of COVID-19. As part of the research, Syapse is partnering with FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence to investigate methods to… Read More »FDA, Syapse Expand Research to Generate Real-World Data Related to COVID-19 and Cancer
Más de 900 trabajadores de atención médica esenciales han muerto por COVID-19, según una base de datos interactiva creada por The Guardian y KHN. Lost on the Frontline es una asociación entre las dos redacciones que tiene como objetivo contar, verificar y honrar a cada… Read More »Más de 900 trabajadores de salud han muerto por COVID-19 en los Estados Unidos. Y la cifra aumenta
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Although the coronavirus pandemic shut down many organizations and businesses across the nation, KHN has never been busier ― and health coverage has never been more vital. We’ve revamped our Behind the Byline YouTube series and brought it to Instagram TV. Journalists and producers… Read More »Behind the Byline: The Count — And the Toll
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee.- Es una época de mucho trabajo para las granjas productoras de tomate en esta parte del estado. Estas plantaciones cuentan con cientos de trabajadores, la mayoría latinos. Algunos viven allí. Otros son migrantes que viajan de granja en granja, para recoger las cosechas… Read More »Trabajadores agrícolas en alto riesgo de contraer coronavirus y sin protección federal
As the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed most nonemergency medical practices this spring, the dialysis business, vital to the survival of patients with kidney disease, rolled ahead and in some cases grew. Yet when the Trump administration sent billions in federal relief funds to medical organizations, at… Read More »Business Is Booming for Dialysis Giant Fresenius. It Took a $137M Bailout Anyway.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It’s a busy time for the tomato-producing farms in this part of the state. Farms have staffed up with hundreds of workers, most of whom are Latino. Some live locally. Others are migrant workers who travel from farm to farm, chasing the… Read More »As Crisis Grows, Farms Try to Balance Health of Field Workers and Food Supply
Hi, I’m back with a revamped Friday Breeze, tackling a few hot health care topics of the week and some news you may have missed. Here’s what the Breeze blew in this week, in these dog days of our COVID-constrained, socially distant summer: Schools Reopen:… Read More »Must-Reads of the Week
Dr. Eric Coe jumped at the chance to help test a COVID-19 vaccine. At his urging, so did his girlfriend, his son and his daughter-in-law. All received shots last week at a clinical research site in central Florida. “My main purpose in doing this was… Read More »Test Sites Quickly Attract Thousands for COVID-19 Vaccine Study
Just because many businesses are open again doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. The coronavirus is still on the loose — actually surging in many locations — which means people have to make serious choices about their health all day, every day. Nothing in life… Read More »Your Favorite Store or Restaurant Is Open. How Do You Know It’s OK to Go In?
Francisco Bonilla is a pastor in Carthage, Missouri, tending to the spiritual needs of the town’s growing Latino community. He’s also a media personality, broadcasting his voice far beyond the walls of Casa de Sanidad. Bonilla runs a low-power, Spanish-language radio station from the church.… Read More »In Rural Missouri, Latinos Learn to Contain and Cope With the Coronavirus
Para un mundo paralizado por el coronavirus, la salvación depende de una vacuna. Pero en los Estados Unidos, en donde al menos 4,6 millones de personas se han infectado y casi 155,000 han muerto, la promesa de esa vacuna se ve obstaculizada por otra epidemia… Read More »Epidemia de obesidad en los Estados Unidos amenaza la eficacia de una vacuna contra COVID
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Donald Trump keeps promising to unveil a comprehensive plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but it keeps not appearing. However, this week he did order an expansion of telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries and… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Still Waiting for That Trump Health Plan
Health care workers of color were more likely to care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, more likely to report using inadequate or reused protective gear, and nearly twice as likely as white colleagues to test positive for the coronavirus, a new study from… Read More »Health Care Workers of Color Nearly Twice as Likely as Whites to Get COVID-19
For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine. But in the United States, where at least 4.6 million people have been infected and nearly 155,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by a vexing epidemic that long preceded… Read More »America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID Vaccine
Sabrina Lira Garcia is proud to work as a clinical assistant in the COVID-19 ward of a Los Angeles hospital, but sometimes she wishes she could just stay home with her infant son until the pandemic is over. Pulling her child from day care has… Read More »With Caveats, Hopeful News for Preschools Planning Young Kids’ Return
In a heated exchange late last month on CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper pressed Adm. Brett Giroir, the Health and Human Services assistant secretary who oversees COVID testing efforts for the Trump administration, on why the government isn’t requiring commercial labs to… Read More »Could Labs That Test Livestock Ease COVID Testing Backlog for People? Well … Maybe.
MISSOULA, Mont. — Bradshaw Sumners watched throughout February as COVID-19 hot spots developed in major American cities, waiting to see when the coronavirus pandemic would manifest in Montana. When it finally did, life for the Livingston resident and father of two changed dramatically. His daughters,… Read More »Pandemic’s Bumps and Backlash Shape Montana Race Poised to Steer US Senate