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Prosecutors: Dentist Broke Teeth on Purpose

Scott Charmoli faces up to 20 years in prison

(Newser) - A Wisconsin dentist is accused of damaging his patients' teeth so he could bill insurance companies for crown procedures, the AP reports. Scott Charmoli, 60, of Grafton, was charged Tuesday in federal court with eight counts of health care fraud and two counts of false statements. If convicted, he faces...

Doctors Protest Vaccine Plan: 'First in the Room! Back of the Line!'

Stanford medical residents miffed after finding out front-line workers weren't prioritized for COVID shots

(Newser) - Stanford Health Care has issued an apology after word on how it would distribute its coronavirus vaccine backfired. According to Stanford's vaccine dissemination plan published earlier this week, priority for the shots was to be given to "those who provide direct care and service to patients, those who...

With Vaccines on Deck for Distribution, a 'Real Concern'

After seeing numbers, governors worry there aren't enough initial doses

(Newser) - This week, a federal advisory panel recommended health care workers be among the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it's authorized for use. And in a document viewed by CBS News , Operation Warp Speed officials say 6.4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine would be ready to...

Pandemic Reshapes Benefits Offered Employees This Year

In time for open enrollment, companies expand telehealth, for starters

(Newser) - Employees making their open enrollment choices this fall often are seeing company offerings reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. Telehealth options and greater access to mental health are among the changes, the Washington Post reports, as are perks that recognize employees and their children are working from home now. A survey...

Obamacare Returns Amid Health Coverage 'Crisis'

An estimated 5M to 10M more Americans have lost coverage during the pandemic

(Newser) - Millions of Americans who have lost health insurance in an economy shaken by the coronavirus can sign up for taxpayer-subsidized coverage starting Sunday, the AP reports. It's not a new COVID relief program from the government but the return of annual sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act, better...

That $200 Drug Card Won't be in the Mail Just Yet

Trump's campaign proposal was a surprise to the rest of government

(Newser) - President Trump’s plan to mail millions of seniors a $200 prescription savings card has hit legal and budget roadblocks, making it unlikely the government can carry it out before Election Day. Democratic lawmakers have raised questions about whether the administration has the authority to order on its own billions...

Biden Warns That Supreme Court Pick Is About One Thing

It's part of a wider Democratic strategy in responding to Amy Barrett's nomination

(Newser) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wants voters to see Republicans' push for a speedy Supreme Court confirmation as an end-run of Congress and the 2010 health care law, the AP reports. In remarks on Sunday, the former vice president sidestepped any talk of expanding the court to counter conservative gains...

Biden: This Isn't Just About the Supreme Court

The Democratic candidate makes his case in Philadelphia

(Newser) - Joe Biden on Sunday used the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Trump's handling of health care and the coronavirus, the AP reports. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg jolted the presidential campaign just six weeks...

Looking for Stellar Health Care? Here's Where to Go

Massachusetts ranks No. 1 in WalletHub state rankings, Georgia brings up the rear

(Newser) - Health care is often at the top of many Americans' minds, but never has it been so critical as now, as we struggle through the coronavirus pandemic. To see which states have the best handle on health care, WalletHub looked at all 50 of them, plus the District of Columbia,...

One State's Virus Tests Are No Good, Company Says

AdventHealth admits that 35K tests are unreliable

(Newser) - The results of more than 35,000 COVID-19 tests ordered by a Florida-based health care system and performed by a third-party lab are unreliable, the company said Saturday. According to AdventHealth, a faith-based health care system, the situation has created "unacceptable delays." AdventHealth didn't name the third-party...

In This Country, Virus Doctors Are 'Falling' Out of Windows
In This Country, Virus Doctors
Are 'Falling' Out of Windows

In This Country, Virus Doctors Are 'Falling' Out of Windows

Russia sees its 3rd health-care worker take a tumble after complaints about COVID-19

(Newser) - Doctors the world over are struggling to contend with the coronavirus, but in Russia, a unique problem is plaguing attending health-care workers. The Moscow Times reports that Alexander Shulepov, 37, a medic in Novaya Usman, Russia, suffered a skull fracture and is now in critical condition after he fell from...

GM CEO: 20-Hour Days Sped Up Ventilator Process

First batch will be delivered by end of April

(Newser) - Late last month, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to mandate that General Motors start cranking out ventilators in bulk to help in the fight against the coronavirus. Now GM and Ventec Life Systems, the medical tech firm it's working with, say they'll deliver their first batch...

Major Hotel Chains Giving Rooms to Medical Workers

Hilton, Marriott among them

(Newser) - It's a little easier now for overworked health care workers to find a place to rest without endangering their own families. The Hilton and Marriott hotel chains are both donating rooms for doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, and the like, reports USA Today . The chains are working with groups that...

They're Fighting the Virus. Now, Their Own Google Doodles

For 2 weeks, search giant is paying tribute to those on the front lines of fighting COVID-19

(Newser) - Do a Google search today and you'll notice a new Google Doodle —a temporary redo of the company's logo, often used to mark holidays or commemorate important people and events—dedicated to a group that CNET calls "largely unsung heroes" in the coronavirus pandemic. Hover with...

An 'Upsetting' Virus Sacrifice: Doctors, Nurses Leave Loved Ones

Health care workers self-isolate away from their families so they don't infect them

(Newser) - Lisa Neuburger, a 37-year-old nurse in Minnesota, recently had a hospital scare that led her to believe she may have been exposed to the coronavirus. And so, to protect her family, Neuburger moved from her parents' home, where she'd been living with her 11-year-old son, and into a camper....

Flying Into Boston, a 'Remarkable Delivery'

Robert Kraft sent New England Patriots plane to China to pick up 1.2M N95 masks

(Newser) - Massachusetts just saw its largest one-day spike in coronavirus cases yet: more than 1,000 reports on Wednesday, bringing the state's total to over 7,700, with more than 120 dead, per Politico . With an expected surge of cases expected in the state in mid-April, Gov. Charlie Baker has...

Union Turning Over 'Every Rock' Just Found 39M N95 Masks

It just took some 'elbow grease,' a spokesman says

(Newser) - A union repping 2 million health care workers has made quite a find: 39 million N95 masks, which it will distribute to hospitals and state and local governments. "We are continuing to turn over every rock to see if we can find more personal protective equipment to make sure...

Amid Virus Mask Shortage, Americans Step Up

Volunteers across nation are setting up sewing machines to get masks to health care workers

(Newser) - An interior decorator. A guy who waterproofs basements. A fashion designer. These are just a few of the Good Samaritans around the country who are sitting behind their sewing machines to churn out face masks for health care workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. As more and more patients are diagnosed...

Coronavirus: Exposing Our Health Care System?
Getting Coronavirus
Can Really Cost You
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Getting Coronavirus Can Really Cost You

Is the US health care system ready to tackle this?

(Newser) - With over 3,000 cases of coronavirus afflicting America, is the country's health-care system ready? Not according to the nation's top infectious disease expert or a rash of articles appearing across the Internet. One, by Tami Luhby at CNN , argues that the system is failing on several fronts....

Church Cancels $46M in Debt for 45K Families

Crossroads Church teams up with RIP Medical Debt to abolish debt

(Newser) - Imagine having all your medical debt paid off, out of the blue. Now imagine a church paying off $46.5 million in said debt for over 45,000 families. That's pretty much the story as Crossroads Church in Cincinnati works with RIP Medical Debt to eliminate debts for residents...

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