KHN: How a #COVID-19 vaccine could cost Americans dearly

Elisabeth Rosenthal July 8, 2020 Yes, of course, Americans’ health is priceless, and reining in a deadly virus that has trashed the economy would be invaluable. But a COVID-19 vaccine will have an actual price tag. And given the prevailing business-centric model of American drug pricing, it could well be budget breaking, perhaps making it … Continue reading KHN: How a #COVID-19 vaccine could cost Americans dearly

KHN & AP: Hollowed-Out #PublicHealth System Faces More Cuts Amid Virus

Lauren Weber and Laura Ungar and Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press and Hannah Recht and Anna Maria Barry-Jester July 1, 2020 The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 … Continue reading KHN & AP: Hollowed-Out #PublicHealth System Faces More Cuts Amid Virus

ProPublica: U.S. hospitals and the first wave of the coronavirus

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. by Charles Ornstein June 15,  The prediction from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was grim. In late March, as the number of COVID-19 cases was growing exponentially in the state, Cuomo said New York … Continue reading ProPublica: U.S. hospitals and the first wave of the coronavirus

KHN: Health Workers Resort To Etsy, Learning Chinese, Shady Deals To Find Safety Gear

Eli Cahan and Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News June 12, 2020 A nursing home worker in New Jersey rendezvoused with “the parking lot guy” to cut a deal for gowns. A director of safety-net clinics in Florida learned basic Chinese and waited outside past midnight for a truck to arrive with tens of thousands of … Continue reading KHN: Health Workers Resort To Etsy, Learning Chinese, Shady Deals To Find Safety Gear

KHN: Hype Collides With Science As FDA Tries To Rein In ‘Wild West’ of COVID Blood Tests

JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News and Anna Maria Barry-Jester June 3, 2020 “Save your business while saving lives,” reads the website of Because Health, a Seattle tech startup selling two types of tests to employers willing to pay $350 a pop to learn whether their workers have been infected with COVID-19. The “Workplace Health” plan … Continue reading KHN: Hype Collides With Science As FDA Tries To Rein In ‘Wild West’ of COVID Blood Tests

KHN: Some ivory towers are ideal for a pandemic. Most aren’t.

Mark Kreidler May 28, 2020 Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, is open for business this fall — but to get there, you really have to want it. Tucked amid verdant hills 23 miles east of San Francisco, accessible by a single road and a single entrance, the small, private Roman Catholic school receives almost … Continue reading KHN: Some ivory towers are ideal for a pandemic. Most aren’t.

ProPublica: More on how #ContactTracing works #COVID19MA

by Caroline Chen May 19, 7 a.m. EDT ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. I want you to mentally prepare yourself for a phone call that you could receive sometime over the course of this pandemic: in the next few … Continue reading ProPublica: More on how #ContactTracing works #COVID19MA

BMJ: States adopting #COVID19 tracing program started in Massachusetts

Below from my story in the BMJ. The day it was published, PIH announced a nationwide effort starting in Newark, New Jersey, Ohio and NC. When the governor of Massachusetts announced the state’s ambitious covid-19 contract tracing programme at a televised briefing last month, two doctors stood in the wings. They were from the international … Continue reading BMJ: States adopting #COVID19 tracing program started in Massachusetts

KHN: Bailout Cash Goes To Big Players That Have Paid Millions To Settle Allegations Of Wrongdoing

By Rachana Pradhan and Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News May 9, 2020 The Trump administration has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic-related bailouts to health care providers with checkered histories, including a Florida-based cancer center that agreed to pay a $100 million criminal penalty as part of a federal antitrust investigation. At least … Continue reading KHN: Bailout Cash Goes To Big Players That Have Paid Millions To Settle Allegations Of Wrongdoing

KHN: Story features #UVM #ventilator rehab scheme

As Ventilators Become Crucial In Saving Lives, Repair Roadblocks Remain Markian Hawryluk April 17, 2020 [UPDATED on April 17]DENVER — For years, manufacturers of ventilators and other medical equipment have kept a tight grip on the ability of hospitals to service and repair those products, prompting lawsuits and under-the-table sharing of repair manuals and software … Continue reading KHN: Story features #UVM #ventilator rehab scheme