Medicare patients win right to appeal nursing home gap
A three-judge federal appeals court panel in Connecticut has likely ended an 11-year fight against a frustrating and confusing rule that left hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries without coverage for nursing home care, and no way to challenge a denial.  The Jan. 25 ruling, which came in response to... Read more
Parents find Covid disruption is the new normal
This is parenting in Southern California in the days of Omicron, swimming in an ocean of angst, with currents constantly shifting direction, an awkward soup of fear, determination and gratitude for those doing the hard work of keeping schools working. Read more
Supreme Court weighs Biden workplace vaccine mandates
The Supreme Court on Friday took up one of the most contentious issues of the Covid-19 pandemic, hearing a series of cases challenging the Biden administration’s authority to require workers to get a Covid vaccine or be tested for the virus regularly. Read more
As patients got Covid in hospitals, oversight fell short
Hospitals, like Riverside, with high rates of Covid patients who didn’t have the diagnosis when they were admitted have rarely been held accountable due to multiple gaps in government oversight, a KHN investigation has found. While a federal reporting system closely tracks hospital-acquired infections for MRSA and other bugs, it doesn’t... Read more
Hospitals charge a facility fee — for a video visit
Days before the appointment, she got a notice from the hospital informing her that she would receive two bills for the visit. One would be for the doctor’s services. The second would be for a hospital facility fee, even though she and her son would be at home in... Read more

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