Why India Is Dealing With a Deadly ‘Black Fungus’ Epidemic

The deadly disease has sickened former coronavirus patients across the country. Doctors believe that hospitals desperate to keep Covid patients alive made choices that left them vulnerable.

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Health care CEOs raked in $3.2 billion as pandemic raged

Health care CEOs raked in $3.2 billion as pandemic raged

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As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the country last year, the chief executive officers of 178 US healthcare companies saw their already lofty pay soar to even higher heights.

Collectively, the 178 CEOs took home $3.2 billion in 2020, according to a new analysis by Axios. Their median pay rose to $9 million, up from about $7.7 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. The 2019 US median household income was $68,703, according to the US Census Bureau. The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that the 2020 national median income for families was $78,500.

Thirty health care CEOs made over $30 million each. That list includes the CEOs of Regeneron ($174 million), Eli Lilly ($68 million), Teladoc ($45 million), UnitedHealth Group ($42 million), and Quest Diagnostics ($34 million).

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Biggest health insurer plans to deny ER bills if it doubts you had an emergency

Multistory glass-and-brick building with UnitedHealthcare logo on exterior.

Enlarge / UnitedHealth Group Inc. headquarters stands in Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S., on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

Doctors and hospitals are condemning plans by UnitedHealthcare—the country’s largest health insurance company—to retroactively deny emergency medical care coverage to members if UHC decides the reason for the emergency medical care wasn’t actually an emergency.

In the future, if one of UHC’s 70 million members submits a claim for an emergency department visit, UHC will carefully review what health problems led to the visit, the “intensity of diagnostic services performed” at the emergency department (ED), and some context for the visit, like the member’s underlying health conditions and outside circumstances. If UHC decides the medical situation didn’t constitute an emergency, it will provide “no coverage or limited coverage,” depending on the member’s specific insurance plan.

Emergency medical doctors and hospitals were quick to rebuke the plan. They say it sets a dangerous precedent of requiring patients to assess their own medical problems before seeking emergency care, which could end up delaying or preventing critical and even life-saving treatment.

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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.

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What the Covid Rookies Saw

As coronavirus tore through New York, a group of medical students graduated early to help the hospitals under siege and found courage they didn’t know they had.

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When a Surgeon Became a Covid-19 Patient: ‘I Had Never Faced the Reality of Death’

Infected early in the pandemic, Dr. Tomoaki Kato, a renowned transplant surgeon, was soon on life support, and one of the sickest patients in his own hospital.

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Covid Patients Should Be Allowed Visitors in Hospitals

At this point in the pandemic, keeping families apart is doing harm.

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U.S. Mask Companies Struggle to Compete with China

Remember when N95s were in short supply? American companies stepped in to manufacture them. Now, they can’t compete.

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What It’s Like to Be in India’s Covid-19 Crisis

Fear, grief and boredom pervade the lives of those contending with the country’s severe outbreak. Their solace: family, friends and their own efforts to help others.

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How India’s Kerala Has Battled Coronavirus

Kerala uses tracking of patients and supplies, a network of health care workers and coronavirus “war rooms” to succeed where the national government has fallen short.

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How India’s Kerala Has Battled Covid-19

Kerala uses tracking of patients and supplies, a network of health care workers and coronavirus “war rooms” to succeed where the national government has fallen short.

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Pakistan’s Private Vaccinations Draw Criticism

An inoculation push, plagued with limited supplies and red tape, makes doses available to those who can pay for them. In a country with a struggling economy, most can’t.

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Big Hospital Chains Get Covid Aid, and Buy Up Competitors

The pandemic barely dented the financial outlook for some major networks, which continued to acquire weaker hospitals and ailing doctors’ practices. Critics worry consolidation leads to higher prices for medical care.

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Severe Covid Is More Often Fatal in Africa Than in Other Regions

Inadequate treatment for critically ill patients contributed to higher death rates in Africa, compared to other parts of the world, a study found.

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Rahul Vohra, Indian Actor and Video Blogger, Dies at 35

His YouTube posts dissected issues of Indian life, especially gender inequality. He died of complications of Covid-19 after lamenting his hospital treatment.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #hospitals, #india, #social-media, #vohra-rahul-1986-2021

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Irish Hospitals Hit by Cyberattacks, Forcing an I.T. Shutdown

Hospitals in Ireland, New Zealand and Scripps Health in San Diego are reeling from digital extortion attacks.

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Virginia Doctor Gets 59 Years for Unneeded Surgery and Improper Sterilizations

Dr. Javaid Perwaiz’s procedures over nearly a decade caused insurance programs to lose more than $20 million, federal prosecutors said.

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India’s Doctors and Medical Workers Face Danger and Trauma

More than 1,000 doctors, and an untold number of medical personnel, have died after coronavirus infections. Many suffer an emotional toll as they make tough decisions about who gets treated.

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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.

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India’s Black Market Preys on Desperate Covid-19 Victims

As the health care system fails, clandestine markets have emerged for drugs, oxygen, hospital beds and funeral services. Fake goods may be putting lives at risk.

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How Hospitals Can Help Patients and the Planet

Health care systems are trying to answer the central question of how to care for patients when climate change threatens their ability to remain open.

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Covid Desperation Is Spreading Across India

Infections, deaths and breakdowns that began in big cities a few weeks ago are rapidly advancing into rural areas, unleashing deep fear in places with little medical safety net.

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Palliative Care in the ICU: What to Know About Time-Limited Trials

Time-limited trials offer I.C.U. patients and their families a sense of empowerment in the face of low odds.

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At India’s Funeral Pyres, Covid Sunders the Rites of Grief

Mourners in protective gear, or watching from home. Long waits at the cremation grounds. The trauma of loss has become both lonely and public.

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Operating Rooms Go Under the Knife

Hospitals are bringing together surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses with architects, engineers and administrative staff to rethink the modern operating room.

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Why Are There Oxygen Shortages for Covid Patients Around the World?

The global need for oxygen has spiked far beyond the available supply at hospitals, especially in India — another example of how unprepared the world was to face the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Deaths Mount at an Indian Hospital After Oxygen Runs Out

At least 10 people, and possibly as many as 24, died after a hospital ran out of an increasingly precious resource here: medical oxygen. It was the latest in a growing series of such accidents.

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Indian Health Service Settles Dispute Over Care in New Mexico

The federal agency agreed to postpone for a year its proposal to cut service at a hospital serving 9,100 tribal citizens.

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Manisha Jadhav, Key Administrator at Mumbai Hospital, Dies at 51

Dr. Jadhav took action when the pandemic hit last year, mustering personal protection equipment, food and transportation for the staff.

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What We Know About India’s Deadly Second Wave of Covid-19

What is behind the explosion of new coronavirus cases that is overwhelming the South Asian country?

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After a Year of Loss, South America Suffers Worst Death Tolls Yet

If the world doesn’t stop the region’s surging caseload, it could cost us all that we’ve done to fight the pandemic, said one health official.

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They Survived Covid. Now They Need New Lungs.

We’re seeing a wave of people who will survive only with risky transplants. 

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India Blames Covid-19 Variant for its Pandemic Crisis

Doctors, the public and the media point to anecdotal evidence of infections even among the vaccinated. Scientists say the data is too thin and cite other reasons behind the country’s second wave.

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As Covid-19 Cases Rise in India, Oxygen Becomes Scarce

As a devastating coronavirus outbreak sweeps the country, pushing the total death toll to more than 200,000, medical oxygen has become scarce.

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Baghdad Hospital Fire Kills at Least 82, Many of Them Coronavirus Patients

A blast caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder swept through a hospital that lacked smoke detectors and had flammable false ceilings.

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Baghdad Hospital Fire Kills at Least 82, Many of Them Older Covid Patients

A blast caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder swept through a hospital that lacked smoke detectors and spread partly because of flammable false ceilings, an official said.

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Michigan’s Covid Wards Are Filling Up With Younger Patients

Even as vaccines roll out, more younger people in Michigan are being hospitalized than at any other point in the pandemic. And they’re coming in sicker.

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India is Undercounting its Covid-19 Deaths

Fatalities have been overlooked or downplayed, understating the human toll of the country’s outbreak, which accounts for nearly half of all new cases in a global surge.

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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.

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India Scrambles to Supply Oxygen as Covid-19 Patients Gasp for Breath

The Supreme Court ordered the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come up with a national oxygen distribution plan as coronavirus cases continue to set records.

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Accident at Covid Hospital in India Kills at Least 22 as Cases Surge

At least 22 people died from loss of oxygen in a hospital accident. Infections hit a daily record. And the government faced criticism for allowing an enormous Hindu festival to continue.

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Why Reopening Ceremonies Are So Important in New York Right Now

Movie theaters, hotels, restaurants and other businesses are putting a lot of thought into the process.

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A Lawsuit Over Frozen Embryos

Elaine Meyer and Barry Prizant had given up on having more than one child. Then, in their 60s, they got a letter from the hospital where they’d long ago had IVF treatment.

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My Family’s Global Vaccine Journey

We were spread across three continents, at the mercy of vaccine geopolitics. Which of us would be inoculated last?

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A Single Ohio Hospital Reveals All That’s Wrong With American Health Care

In Brian Alexander’s “The Hospital,” an intimate portrait of a small hospital in Bryan, Ohio.

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Music Therapy: Why Doctors Use it to Help Patients Cope

Music therapy is increasingly used to help patients cope with stress and promote healing.

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Doctors Sue UnitedHealthcare

A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.”

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Doctors Accuse UnitedHealthcare of Stifling Competition

A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.”

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Covid Surge in Michigan Alarms Health Experts

The U.S. has entered a disconcerting phase: Vaccines are rolling out quickly, but upticks in cases raise the prospect of a new surge.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #michigan, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘It Takes Time’: I.C.U. Workers Help Their Former Covid Patients Mend

They survived serious cases of Covid-19, sometimes spending weeks on a ventilator, but not without complications. Now, a special clinic at an L.A. hospital is helping them get back to their lives.

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