How to Dispute Surprise Medical Bills

After receiving a $21,500 doctor’s bill for a mere 10 stitches, I researched bad medical billing. Here’s how to fight it.

#content-type-service, #emergency-medical-treatment, #parenting

Imaging Contrast Dye Shortage Delays Tests for Diseases

Many U.S. hospitals are postponing scans used to diagnose diseases after a Covid lockdown in China hobbled the main U.S. supplier of an imaging chemical.

#cancer, #computerized-axial-tomography-cat-scans, #contrast-imaging, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ct-scan, #emergency-medical-treatment, #ge-healthcare, #hospitals, #shanghai-china, #shortages, #supply-chain, #tests-medical, #tests-and-examinations, #united-states

A Million Pandemic Deaths, and These Are Still Uncounted

These pandemic deaths are still uncounted.

#adventist-health-lodi-memorial-hospital, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #medicine-and-health, #respiratory-diseases

In Ukraine, Gruesome Injuries and Not Enough Doctors to Treat Them

Operating with skeleton crews, doctors and nurses race to save limbs, and lives. It’s a grim routine for medical personnel often working around the clock. And not all limbs can be saved.

#american-society-of-plastic-surgeons, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #surgery-and-surgeons, #ukraine

He Was Remarkably Healthy Until Chronic Diarrhea Nearly Killed Him

After weeks of having to rush to the bathroom day and night, the 77-year-old had lost 25 pounds. What was wrong?

#bowels, #chronic-condition-health, #diarrhea, #digestive-tract, #emergency-medical-treatment, #tests-medical

Calling TIAs Strokes Could Help Patients Seek Proper Care, Neurologists Say

Two neurologists argue that calling T.I.A.s what they are — minor strokes — could prompt patients to seek the help they need more quickly.

#elderly, #emergency-medical-treatment, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #stroke, #united-states

Palestinian Gunman Kills 4 in Israel’s Fifth Attack in Recent Days

Israeli medics said that four people were killed and at least one other was wounded in an attack in a Tel Aviv suburb.

#bnei-brak-israel, #emergency-medical-treatment, #israel, #magen-david-adom, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #tel-aviv-israel

An E.R. Memoir Conveys Hectic Work, Empathy and Outrage

In “The Emergency,” Thomas Fisher writes about his work at a Chicago hospital and the inequities of American health care.

#books-and-literature, #emergency-medical-treatment, #fisher-thomas-doctor, #medicine-and-health, #the-emergency-a-year-of-healing-and-heartbreak-in-a-chicago-er-book

As Fighting Gets Closer, a Kyiv Hospital Treats the War’s Atrocities

As Russian bombings have grown more indiscriminate, hospitals in Ukraine have become perilous places to work.

#civilian-casualties, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #kyiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #world-health-organization

To Fill Empty Retail Space, Landlords Tap Doctors and Dentists

Health care providers are increasingly opening offices and clinics in street-level storefronts, malls and shopping centers, taking advantage of rents depressed by the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #landlords, #mixed-use-developments, #real-estate-commercial, #relocation-of-business, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls

More Teenage Girls With Eating Disorders Wound Up in the E.R. During the Pandemic

A new C.D.C. study underscored the mental health issues facing teenagers in the past few years.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #emergency-medical-treatment, #mental-health-and-disorders, #teenagers-and-adolescence

‘Nurses Have Finally Learned What They’re Worth’

As the coronavirus spread, demand for nurses came from every corner. Some jobs for travelers paid more than $10,000 a week. Will the boom last?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #futureofwork2022, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #nursing-and-nurses, #shortages, #texas, #wages-and-salaries

How New York City’s Hospitals Withstood the Omicron Surge

The highly contagious coronavirus variant stretched the city’s health care system to the breaking point, but not past it.

#chokshi-dave-a, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #emergency-medical-treatment, #greater-new-york-hospital-assn, #hospitals, #new-york-city, #nursing-and-nurses, #varma-jay-k

New Research Shows How Health Risks to Children Mount as Temperatures Rise

The first nationwide study on rising temperatures and younger Americans found that hotter days were associated with more visits to emergency rooms.

#children-and-childhood, #emergency-medical-treatment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #research

What the Omicron Wave Looks Like at One Brooklyn E.R.

The nature of this variant, combined with widespread vaccine use, may make it seem less severe in some ways than earlier ones. It doesn’t always feel that like that here.

#brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-hospital-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #new-york-state-nursesassn

What the Omicron Wave Looks Like at One Brooklyn Hospital Emergency Room

The nature of this variant, combined with widespread vaccine use, may make it seem less severe in some ways than earlier ones. It doesn’t always feel that like that here.

#brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-hospital-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #new-york-state-nursesassn

As an ER Doctor, I Fear Health Care Collapse More Than Omicron

The Omicron wave is different from March 2020, but it’s still serious. 

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #emergency-medical-treatment

In Omicron Hot Spots, Hospitals Fill Up, but I.C.U.s May Not

Covid hospitalizations are surging, but a smaller proportion of cases is severe compared with previous waves. With staff shortages, some hospitals are still in crisis.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #shortages, #tests-medical, #your-feed-science

A New Ban on Surprise Medical Bills Starts This Week

If you have a medical emergency, you will no longer need to worry about a large bill from a doctor you did not choose.

#ambulances, #consumer-protection, #content-type-service, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

Another Christmas of Death and Distress in America’s I.C.U.s

The toll on health care workers, many of whom are giving up their holiday to treat dangerously ill Covid patients, is severe.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #national-guard

How America’s ICUs Are Dealing with Another Christmas of Death and Distress

The toll on health care workers, many of whom are giving up their holiday to treat dangerously ill Covid patients, is severe.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #national-guard

Sirens: Loud, Ineffective and Risky, Experts Say

The overuse of lights and sirens, combined with speeding, pose heightened risks to emergency responders and civilians. One expert called it a “public health dilemma.”

#ambulances, #dr-douglas-f-kupas, #dr-jeff-j-clawson, #ears-and-hearing, #emergency-medical-treatment, #noise, #roads-and-traffic, #sirens, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Do I Still Need a Pulse Oximeter at Home to Monitor Covid-19?

A new study shows just how lifesaving home monitoring of oxygen levels can be.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #oxygen, #pulse-oximetry, #research

New Rule on Surprise Billing Aims to Take Patients Out of the ‘Food Fight’

Neutral arbiters are given guidance on how to settle disputes between insurers and medical providers.

#consumer-protection, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-politics-and-government

How My Desire to Run Again Pushed Me to Walk

After recovering from a traumatic brain injury, a writer seeks to reclaim the mental transcendence that comes from running.

#brain, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #exercise, #falls, #muscles, #physical-therapy, #running, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment

Championed by doctors and conservative radio hosts alike, monoclonal antibodies for Covid are in high demand — even from those who don’t want a vaccine.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

He Had Chest Pain and Dangerously Low Blood Pressure. What Was Wrong?

Could a wayward breath mint have caused his symptoms?

#cortisol-hormone, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hormones, #tests-drug-use, #thyroid-gland

When the New Covid Surge Struck, Mississippi Was Uniquely Unprepared

Poverty and politics have left the state with fewer doctors and nurses than it needs and hospitals on the brink of shutdown.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #mississippi, #politics-and-government, #reeves-tate-1974, #rural-areas, #shortages, #states-us

At a Children’s Hospital, a Wave of Young Patients Struggling to Breathe

A federal “surge team” is helping exhausted doctors and nurses through one of most trying periods in the history of Children’s Hospital New Orleans.

#children-and-childhood, #childrens-hospital-of-new-orleans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #new-orleans-la

A New Surge at a Santa Monica I.C.U.

They thought the worst of the pandemic was behind them. Then a new wave of cases arrived at the I.C.U. at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #los-angeles-county-calif, #santa-monica-calif

30 Minutes: Fighting to Save a Life on the Streets of New York

A man from France dropped to the city pavement, one of more than 3,000 emergencies on this day alone. A young police officer rushed to help.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-university-langone-medical-center, #police-department-nyc

A Mental Health Crisis Flares Among Young Children

The number of children under 13 who need urgent mental health care has been on the rise.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #depression-mental, #emergency-medical-treatment, #mental-health-and-disorders, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

How India’s Covid-Hit Hospitals Ran Out of Oxygen

A cascading series of failures, from the central government on down, left hospitals across India without medical oxygen, killing hundreds. One tragic night in Delhi shows how it happened.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #delhi-india, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #india, #jaipur-golden-hospital, #modi-narendra, #oxygen, #politics-and-government, #shortages

There’s a ‘Severe Blood Shortage’ in the U.S., Red Cross Says

The American Red Cross said rising trauma cases, transplants and surgeries had led hospitals to ask for more blood than expected.

#american-red-cross, #blood, #blood-donation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #transfusions, #transplants

UnitedHealthcare May Deny Emergency Visit Coverage

Within days of announcing a policy shift aimed at cutting back on reimbursements for emergency room care, the major insurer retreated — for now.

#american-college-of-emergency-physicians, #american-hospital-assn, #american-medical-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #unitedhealth-group-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

I’m a Trauma Surgeon in Israel. In My Hospital, We Are in This Together.

To me, this hospital — with its diverse staff and free medical care — represents everything that is beautiful and possible in this place.

#arabs, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #emergency-medical-treatment, #gaza-strip, #hospitals, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lod-israel, #palestinians, #tel-aviv-israel

His Legs Suddenly Felt Paralyzed. Could Intense Workouts Be the Cause?

When he tried to get up, he realized he couldn’t move. His weakness had a surprising cause — and an even more surprising cause behind the cause.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #exercise, #hormones, #thyroid-gland

Rural Ambulance Crews Have Run Out of Money and Volunteers

Strained by pandemic-era budget cuts, stress and a lack of revenue, at least 10 ambulance companies in Wyoming are in danger of shuttering — some imminently.

#ambulances, #american-medical-response-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #rural-areas, #volunteers-and-community-service, #wyoming

Italian Police Accuse Man of Getting Paid for 15 Years While Skipping Work

A hospital worker in Italy’s south was allegedly paid for 15 years without working a single day. Investigators blame the inefficiency of checks at all levels.

#absenteeism-and-truancy, #calabria-italy, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #italy

They Told Her Women Couldn’t Join the Ambulance Corps. So She Started Her Own.

Judge Rachel Freier has helped dozens of Orthodox Jewish women in New York City get training and start work as emergency medical technicians. In doing so, she challenged her community’s conception of the role women can play in public and professional life.

#ambulances, #emergency-medical-treatment, #ezras-nashim, #orthodox-judaism, #volunteers-and-community-service, #women-and-girls

My Covid-19 Patients Can’t Get the Treatment They Need

Doctors like me want monoclonal antibodies for our high-risk patients, but the medicine is hard to come by.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘It Felt Like Deception’: An Elite NYC Hospital Charges Huge Covid Test Fees

Insurers are stuck with the big bills from Lenox Hill, but the public ultimately pays through higher premiums.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #lenox-hill-hospital, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical

I Was an E.M.T. While Covid-19 Devastated New York

The losses emergency responders witnessed are beyond what human minds can grasp.

#ambulances, #bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #east-new-york-brooklyn-ny, #emergency-medical-service, #emergency-medical-treatment, #fire-department-nyc, #fires-and-firefighters, #first-aid, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #nine-one-one-911-emergency-phone-number, #rescues

How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus

A dense population of vulnerable citizens set the stage for a frightening epidemic.

#central-falls-ri, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hispanic-americans, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #loneliness, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #new-england-states-us, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #pawtucket-ri, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #providence-ri, #quarantines, #rhode-island, #rhode-island-hospital, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-science

Her Eyelid Drooped and She Kept Getting Weaker. What Was Going On?

Dozens of tests turned up nothing. Then a specialist had a theory.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #immune-system, #tests-medical

For Some Teens, It’s Been a Year of Anxiety and Trips to the E.R.

During the pandemic, suicidal thinking is up. And families find that hospitals can’t handle adolescents in crisis.

#asheville-nc, #columbus-ohio, #emergency-medical-treatment, #emotions, #grief-emotion, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #hendersonville-nc, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Got a Pandemic Puppy? Learn How to Prevent Dog Bites

With new puppies and kids at home, doctors are worried about treating more children for dog bites.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #dogs, #emergency-medical-treatment, #parenting, #veterinary-medicine

Dying of Covid in a ‘Separate and Unequal’ L.A. Hospital

Inside an overwhelmed facility in the worst-hit part of California, where the patriarchs of two immigrant families were taken when they fell sick.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hispanic-americans, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #los-angeles-calif, #martin-luther-king-jr-community-hospital

How Rich Hospitals Profit From Patients in Car Crashes

Hospitals use century-old lien laws to bypass insurers and charge patients, especially poorer ones, the full amount.

#community-health-systems-inc, #compensation-for-damages-law, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #medicaid, #parkview-health, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-mary-hospital-fredericksburg-va, #wellstar-health-system

Arizona, Roiled by Covid in Summer, Faces Even Worse Outbreak Now

The state has the highest rate of new virus cases in the U.S. amid a grim winter surge that has sent hospitalizations and deaths soaring nationally.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional