The Pandemic Made Telemedicine an Instant Hit. Patients and Providers Feel the Growing Pains.

The Pandemic Made Telemedicine an Instant Hit. Patients and Providers Feel the Growing Pains.

Patients seem to like remote visits, and health care providers now depend on them. But outages, freezing and other glitches cost time and money, and compromise quality of care. …

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Delta Changes the Covid-19 Conversation

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Delta Changes the Covid Conversation

With COVID-19 cases on the upswing again around the country, partisan division remains over addressing the pandemic and vaccination.

Covid’s Lingering Effects Can Put the Brakes on Elective Surgeries

Even after recovering from covid, many patients experience respiratory or other problems and, since this effect of the virus is so unpredictable, medical experts aren’t sure when it is safe to undergo elective surgery. But medical experts are setting up guidelines. …

Mental Health Services Wane as Insurers Appear to Skirt Equality Rules During Pandemic

Mental Health Services Wane as Insurers Appear to Skirt Equality Rules During Pandemic

A report from the Government Accountability Office paints a picture of an already strained behavioral health system struggling after the pandemic struck to meet the treatment needs of millions of Americans with conditions like alcohol use disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. …

Pandemic Imperiled Non-English Speakers More Than Others

Pandemic Imperiled Non-English Speakers More Than Others

Covid patients who did not speak English well were 35% more likely to die, data from one Boston hospital shows. … COVID-19 NEWS CHARLOTTE NC

A Year Into Pandemic Federal Officials Move to Better Protect Frontline Workers

A Year Into Pandemic, Federal Officials Move to Better Protect Frontline Workers

Changes would allow N95 sales for industries other than health care and signal an end to the hospital practice of reusing the masks considered essential for worker safety. …

Covid Spawns Completely New Category of Organ Transplants

Covid Spawns ‘Completely New Category’ of Organ Transplants

Nearly 60 organ transplants have been performed after the coronavirus “basically destroyed” patients’ hearts and lungs. …

Fauci Thanks US Health Workers for Sacrifices but Admits PPE Shortages Drove Up Death Toll

Fauci Thanks US Health Workers for Sacrifices but Admits PPE Shortages Drove Up Death Toll

Exclusive: The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says health workers ‘have lived up to the oath they take’ but says shortages of protective gear have contributed to excess deaths. …