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College Tuition Sparked a Mental Health Crisis. Then the Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived.

College Tuition Sparked a Mental Health Crisis. Then the Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived.

This story also ran on . It can beDo you have an exorbitant or baffling medical bill? Join the KHN and NPR ‘Bill of the Month’ Club and tell us about your experience. We’ll feature a new one each month.Despite a lifelong struggle with panic attacks, Divya Singh made a brave move across the world last fall from her home in Mumbai, India. She enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, to study physics and explore an interest in standup comedy in Manhattan.Arriving in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic and isolated in her dorm room, Singh’s anxiety ballooned when her family had...

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College Tuition Sparked A Mental Health Crisis. Then The Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived

College Tuition Sparked A Mental Health Crisis. Then The Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived

College Tuition's Mental Health Cost Included A Surprise Medical Bill : Shots - Health News A student sought counseling help after panicking over a tuition bill. A weeklong stay in a psychiatric hospital followed — along with a $3,413 bill. The hospital soft-pedaled its charity care policy.Toggle more optionsHeard onJordan RauFromToggle more optionsDespite a lifelong struggle with panic attacks, Divya Singh made a brave move across the world last fall from her home in Mumbai, India. She enrolled at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., to study physics and explore an interest in stand-up...

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Medicare Cuts Payment to 774 Hospitals Over Patient Complications

Medicare Cuts Payment to 774 Hospitals Over Patient Complications

It can be hit with safety penalties for 2021. You can filter by location, hospital name or year. to articles and data since 2015.The federal government has for having the highest rates of patient infections or other potentially avoidable medical complications. Those hospitals, which include some of the nation’s marquee medical centers, will lose 1% of their Medicare payments over 12 months.The penalties, based on patients who stayed in the hospitals anytime between mid-2017 and 2019, before the pandemic, are not related to covid-19. They were levied under a program created by the Affordable...

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If This Self-Sufficient Hospital Cannot Stand Alone, Can Any Public Hospital Survive?

If This Self-Sufficient Hospital Cannot Stand Alone, Can Any Public Hospital Survive?

In America’s health care system, dominated by hospital chain leviathans, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is an anomaly. It is a publicly owned hospital that boasts good care at lower prices than most and still flourishes financially.This story also ran on . It can beNonetheless, New Hanover County is selling the hospital to one of the state’s biggest health care systems. The sale has stoked concerns locally that the change in ownership will raise fees, which would not only leave patients with bigger bills but also eventually filter down into higher health...

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More Americans — Of All Political Persuasions — Are Donning Masks

More Americans — Of All Political Persuasions — Are Donning Masks

It can beAs apprehension about the pandemic intensifies, more Americans — nearly three-quarters — say they wear masks every time they leave the house, according to a poll released Friday.The also found that 68% of American adults were worried someone in their family will get sick from the coronavirus, the highest level since the nonprofit began tracking the question in February. The public was least worried in April, when 53% were concerned the infection might strike their family. Since April, fewer than half of Republicans have consistently expressed fear that a family member will be...

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Last Call for COVID: To Avoid Bar Shutdowns, States Serve Up Curfews

Last Call for COVID: To Avoid Bar Shutdowns, States Serve Up Curfews

This story also ran on .As states and cities around the country enact curfews on bars and restaurants to limit the spread of COVID-19, many different calls are being made on “last call.”In Massachusetts, eateries must stop serving at 9:30 p.m. New York, Ohio and an increasing number of states are setting 10 p.m. closing times for indoor dining, while in Oklahoma, bars and restaurants going until the wee hour of 11 p.m. In Virginia, alcohol has to be off the tables at 10 p.m., but restaurants can stay open until midnight.With coronavirus outbreaks being traced back to bars and restaurants,...

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Nursing Homes Still See Dangerously Long Waits for COVID Test Results

Nursing Homes Still See Dangerously Long Waits for COVID Test Results

This story also ran on . It can beNursing homes are still taking days to get back COVID-19 test results as many shun the Trump administration’s central strategy to limit the spread of the virus among old and sick Americans.In late summer, federal officials began distributing to nursing homes millions of point-of-care antigen tests, which can be given on-site and report the presence or absence of the virus within minutes. By January, the Department of Health and Human Services is slated to send roughly 23 million rapid tests.But as of Oct. 25, 38% of the nation’s roughly 15,000 nursing homes...

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Nursing homes still see dangerously long waits for Covid-19 test results

Nursing homes still see dangerously long waits for Covid-19 test results

(KHN)Nursing homes are still taking days to get back Covid-19 test results as many shun the Trump administration's central strategy to limit the spread of the virus among old and sick Americans.In late summer, federal officials began distributing to nursing homes millions of point-of-care antigen tests, which can be given on-site and report the presence or absence of the virus within minutes. By January, the Department of Health and Human Services is slated to send roughly 23 million rapid tests.But as of Oct. 25, 38% of the nation's roughly 15,000 nursing homes have yet to use a...

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Feds Approve Fractious Georgia Plan to Change ACA Marketplace

Feds Approve Fractious Georgia Plan to Change ACA Marketplace

With the Trump administration announcing two days before Election Day that Georgia’s healthcare.gov website will no longer provide options for residents shopping for plans starting in 2023, consumers will need to rely on private brokers, insurance companies, agents and commercial websites.Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who , argued that this would give private entities an opening  in the fall of 2022, when the following year’s plans will be marketed, to aggressively advertise and compete for consumers and increase the number of choices.The plan, which generated overwhelming opposition...

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Despite Covid, Many Wealthy Hospitals Had a Banner Year With Federal Bailout

Despite Covid, Many Wealthy Hospitals Had a Banner Year With Federal Bailout

April 5, 2021Last May, Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest nonprofit hospital system in Texas, laid off 1,200 employees and furloughed others as it braced for the then-novel coronavirus to spread. The cancellation of lucrative elective procedures as the hospital pivoted to treat a new and less profitable infectious disease presaged financial distress, if not ruin. The federal government rushed $454 million in relief funds to help shore up its operations.This story also ran on . It can beBut Baylor not only weathered the crisis, it thrived. By the end of 2020, Baylor had accumulated an...

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