By Marshall Allen ProPublica Like most of us, William Murphy dreads calling health insurance companies. They route him onto a rollercoaster of irrelevant voice menus, and when he finally reaches a human, it’s a customer service rep who has no idea what he’s talking about. Then it can take days
By Lauren Weber KHS illustration by Lynne Shallcross Emory University medical fellow Dr. Nicole Herbst was shocked when she saw three patients who came in with abnormal results from chest CT scans they had bought on Groupon. Yes, Groupon — the online coupon mecca that also sells discounted fitness classes and foosball
By JoNel Aleccia KHN photos by Heidi de Marco Dr. Barbara Morris, a geriatrician with Centura Health, was recently fired for wanting to help her patient with Colorado’s End of Life Options Act. A Catholic-run health system in Denver, Colorado, has fired a veteran doctor who went to court to
By Emmarie Huetteman, Jay Hancock and Elizabeth Lucas In the heat of the most ferocious battle over drug prices in years, pharmaceutical companies are showering U.S. senators with campaign cash as sweeping legislation heads toward the floor. In the first six months of this year alone, political action
Ra Medical Systems, Inc., a medical device company focusing on commercializing excimer laser systems to treat vascular and dermatological diseases, has announced that it received a notice from the NYSE indicating that Ra Medical is not in compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing requirements under the timely filing criteria
By Tarena Lofton Susanna Harris was sitting in her lab class for her graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she received an email that told her she had failed what she describes as “the most important exam in grad school,” the doctoral qualifying exam.
By Harriet Blair Rowan California hospitals are providing significantly less free and discounted care to low-income patients since the Affordable Care Act took effect. As a proportion of their operating expenses, the state’s general acute-care hospitals spent less than half on these patients in 2017 than they did in 2013, according
By Blake Farmer Modern medicine often views the mind and body on separate tracks, both in terms of treatment and health insurance reimbursement. But patients with psychological disorders can have a hard time managing their physical health. So some Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage for people with low
By Phil Galewitz A year after calling proposals allowing Americans to import cheaper drugs from Canada a “gimmick,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the federal government is “open for business” on such a strategy. Azar announced a preliminary plan July 31 to allow Americans to import certain
In the wake of the resignation of the president of diagnostics at Siemens Healthineers, Siemens Healthineers CEO Bernd Montag will assume responsibility for the Diagnostics business segment. Michael Reitermann, president of diagnostics, is leaving his position and will depart the company in September, a Siemens statement said July 31.