Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth – even though demand is way up due to COVID-19

Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.

Steve Davis, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Management and Leadership, West Virginia University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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What is osteopathic medicine? A D.O. explains

Almost 10% of physicians in the US are doctors of osteopathic medicine, and that proportion is rising. Their medical knowledge matches that of other doctors; the difference is the philosophy behind it.

Andrea Amalfitano, Dean of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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VIP patients can be a headache for their doctors

When a celebrity, politician or other influential person checks in, a health care team can feel pressured to give in to a VIP's wishes.

Nancy Nielsen, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

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What’s in your medicine may surprise you – a call for greater transparency about inactive ingredients

There are ingredients in your pills other than the one designed to treat your ailments. Those unnamed ingredients can alter how you respond to a medicine or even make you sick.

Yelena Ionova, Postdoctoral Fellow in Quality of Medical Products, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Why we need to know more about the UK government’s COVID-19 data project – and the companies working on it

We don't know what NHSX or its private partners Palantir and Faculty are doing with medical data.

Eerke Boiten, Professor of Cybersecurity, School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

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A perfect storm for medical PTSD: Isolation, intensive care and the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 patients are spending weeks in intensive care units, isolated and alone, knowing they have a disease that doctors don't fully understand. It's a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scott E. Hall, Program Coordinator & Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Dayton • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~7 min

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'I thought I could wait this out': Fearing coronavirus, patients are delaying hospital visits, putting health and lives at risk

Delaying medical care comes at a cost, both human and financial. The patients some emergency rooms have been seeing are a lot sicker and more likely to need hospitalization.

Christopher Goode, Emergency medicine physician, chair of Emergency Medicine, West Virginia University • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Surprise medical bills continue during coronavirus time, and Congress still misses major points

When you receive a medical bill you didn't expect – even though you're insured. And it's still happening, even in time of COVID-19.

Barak Richman, Katharine T. Bartlett Professor of Law, Duke University • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~7 min

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What is a clinical trial? A health policy expert explains

The only way to know if a medical treatment actually works is with a randomized-controlled trial.

Zoe McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Nurses sleep 83 fewer minutes before work days

Nurses sleep on average 83 minutes less before a work shift compared to a day off. That's bad news for patients.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Dec. 12, 2019 ~5 min

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