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Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients to Cities, Straining Hospitals

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Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the past eight months treating COVID patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she’s often stunned by what she sees, like on a recent stop for carryout food. “No one......

Florida’s New Hospital Industry Head Ran Medicaid in State and Fought Expansion

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With its choice of a new leader, the Florida Hospital Association has signaled that seeking legislative approval to expand Medicaid to nearly 850,000 uninsured adults won’t be among its top priorities. In October, Mary Mayhew became the association’s CEO. Mayhew, who led the state’s Medicaid agency since 2019, has been......

Government-Funded Scientists Laid the Groundwork for Billion-Dollar Vaccines

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When he started researching a troublesome childhood infection nearly four decades ago, virologist Dr. Barney Graham, then at Vanderbilt University, had no inkling his federally funded work might be key to deliverance from a global pandemic. Yet nearly all the vaccines advancing toward possible FDA approval this fall or winter......

Long-Term Care Workers, Grieving and Under Siege, Brace for COVID’s Next Round

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In the middle of the night, Stefania Silvestri lies in bed remembering her elderly patients’ cries. “Help me.” “Please don’t leave me.” “I need my family.” Months of caring for older adults in a Rhode Island nursing home ravaged by COVID-19 have taken a steep toll on Silvestri, 37, a......

¿Es hora de discutir los potenciales efectos secundarios de las vacunas para COVID? Científicos dicen que sí

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JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News and Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News Se espera que la farmacéutica Pfizer solicite permiso federal para lanzar su vacuna para COVID-19 a fines de noviembre. Una medida que promete acorralar la pandemia, pero que no ofrece mucho tiempo para asegurarse de que los consumidores estén......

Time to Discuss Potentially Unpleasant Side Effects of COVID Shots? Scientists Say Yes.

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Drugmaker Pfizer is expected to seek federal permission to release its COVID-19 vaccine by the end of November, a move that holds promise for quelling the pandemic, but also sets up a tight time frame for making sure consumers understand what it will mean to actually get the shots. This......

Cinco preguntas críticas sobre la vacuna contra COVID-19 de Pfizer

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El anuncio de Pfizer de que su vacuna contra COVID-19 prevendría que nueve de cada 10 personas contraigan la enfermedad hizo que el precio de sus acciones se disparara. Muchos titulares describieron a la vacuna como si fuera la liberación de la pandemia, aunque se dieron pocos detalles. Ciertamente hay......

Five Important Questions About Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine

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Pfizer’s announcement on Monday that its COVID-19 shot appears to keep nine in 10 people from getting the disease sent its stock price rocketing. Many news reports described the vaccine as if it were our deliverance from the pandemic, even though few details were released. There was certainly something to......

Biden Plan to Lower Medicare Eligibility Age to 60 Faces Hostility From Hospitals

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Of his many plans to expand insurance coverage, President-elect Joe Biden’s simplest strategy is lowering the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 60. But the plan is sure to face long odds, even if the Democrats can snag control of the Senate in January by winning two runoff elections......

Enfermeros itinerantes en alto riesgo frente a condiciones de atención de COVID-19

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David Joel Perea llamó desde Maine, Vermont, Minnesota y, la última vez, desde Nevada, siempre con el mismo pedido: “Mamá, ¿puedes enviarme tamales?”. Dominga Perea los enviaba por correo nocturno. Así es como se enteraba dónde estaba su hijo de 35 años. El enfermero itinerante tenía “una tremenda ética de......

‘Is This Worth My Life?’: Traveling Health Workers Decry COVID Care Conditions

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Eli Cahan This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. David Joel Perea called from Maine, Vermont, Minnesota and, ultimately, Nevada, always with the same request: “Mom, can you send tamales?” Dominga Perea would ship them overnight. That’s how she knew where her 35-year-old son......

‘His Lies Are Killing My Neighbors’: Swing-State Doctors Target Trump

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Dr. Chris Kapsner intubated his first COVID-19 patient — a 47-year-old man who arrived short of breath at an emergency room in Minnesota’s Twin Cities — back in April. Now, seven months later, Kapsner, who lives across the border in Wisconsin, is weary and exhausted from the steady stream of......

Medicare Fines Half of Hospitals for Readmitting Too Many Patients

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Nearly half the nation’s hospitals, many of which are still wrestling with the financial fallout of the unexpected coronavirus, will get lower payments for all Medicare patients because of their history of readmitting patients, federal records show. The penalties are the ninth annual round of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program......

Readers and Tweeters Shed Light on Vaccine Trials and Bias in Health Care

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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 names. On the ‘Subject’ of Vaccine Trial Participants In the piece about the AstraZeneca vaccine trial subject who suffered severe spinal cord inflammation, that person was......

Telemedicine or In-Person Visit? Pros and Cons

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A series of columns addressing the challenges consumers face in California’s health care landscape. Send questions to bwolfson@kff.org. As COVID-19 took hold in March, U.S. doctors limited in-person appointments — and many patients avoided them — for fear of infection. The result was a huge increase in the volume of remote......

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