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Dentist Who Purposely Broke Patients' Teeth Hears His Fate

Scott Charmoli of Jackson, Wis., found guilty of health care fraud, making false statements

(Newser) - Update: A Wisconsin dentist has been found guilty of purposely breaking his patients' teeth so he could rake in millions from insurance companies to fix them. Per the Washington Post , 61-year-old Scott Charmoli of Jackson was convicted on Thursday of five counts of health care fraud and two counts of...

Idaho Bill on Trans Youth Could Send Parents to Prison for Life

They could be hit with felony for seeking gender-affirming medical care for kids, even in other states

(Newser) - As parents of transgender children in Texas grapple with the state's new law over providing gender-affirming medical care, Idaho parents are now facing similar issues, with even more restrictions piled on. The Idaho Statesman reports that on Tuesday, the Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill barring such medical...

Humanitarian Doctor 'Didn't Take No for an Answer'
Humanitarian Doctor 'Didn't
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Humanitarian Doctor 'Didn't Take No for an Answer'

Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer, who helped impoverished people worldwide, dies at 62

(Newser) - Dr. Paul Farmer, a US physician, humanitarian, and author renowned for providing health care to millions of impoverished people worldwide, and who co-founded the global nonprofit Partners in Health, has died. He was 62. The Boston-based organization confirmed Farmer's death on Monday, calling it "devastating" and noting he...

Calif. Lawmakers Want to Abolish Private Health Insurance Market

But the bill has a long way to go

(Newser) - California Democrats on Tuesday took their first step toward abolishing the private health insurance market in the nation’s most populous state and replacing it with a government-run plan that they promised would never deny anyone the care they need. But the proposal that cleared a legislative committee in the...

At Elizabeth Holmes Trial, a 'Sudden,' Maybe Risky Move

In 'surprising' development, defense team brings Theranos founder herself to the stand

(Newser) - The criminal trial of Elizabeth Holmes is set to enter its 12th week, and it ended the 11th week with a "sudden and surprising move" by the defense, which started making its case Friday. To wit: The 37-year-old Theranos founder herself took the stand, striding "confidently" to the...

One of America's Oldest Companies Is Splitting Up

GE to become 3 public companies focused on aviation, health care, energy

(Newser) - General Electric will divide itself into three public companies focused on aviation, healthcare and energy, reports the AP . The storied American company, founded in 1892, has refashioned itself from the sprawling conglomerate created by Jack Welch in the 1980s to a much smaller and more focused entity after it was...

Major Medical Groups Just Issued a Big Call on Vaccines

AMA, dozens of others say health care workers should be required to get vaccinations

(Newser) - As pushback continues against requiring coronavirus vaccines on cruise ships , in the NF L, and on college campuses , there's a new lobby for mandatory vaccination. The Washington Post and CNN report that 50-plus medical groups representing millions of health care professionals released a statement Monday calling for health care...

'They Do Not Care': Hackers Love Hospitals as Targets

Security is lax and the stakes are high, explains Wall Street Journal in an investigation

(Newser) - Last week, the FBI chief put the threat posed by ransomware on par with the 9/11 attacks. If that seemed like hyperbole, an investigation by the Wall Street Journal might shed some light on his thinking. The newspaper catalogs 235 attacks on hospitals and psychiatric centers in the US since...

Google, Hospital Chain Cut Data Deal on Patient Records

Goals include greater efficiency, help for clinicians

(Newser) - Google is moving deeper into the health care business. Under a multiyear deal with HCA Healthcare, a hospital chain, the companies' engineers will develop algorithms to help monitor patients, guide medical decisions, and increase efficiency. Google will store data generated by HCA's medical devices, as well as information from...

Biden Rolls Back Trump's Transgender Health Care Rules

'Everyone ... should be able to access health care, free from discrimination or interference, period'

(Newser) - The US will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care, the Biden administration announced Monday, reversing a Trump-era policy that sought to narrow the scope of legal rights in sensitive situations involving medical care. The action by the Department of Health and Human Services affirms that...

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
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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...

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