As hospitals prepared for a surge of COVID patients, officials advised people to avoid emergency rooms if possible. But soon ER physicians noticed that even truly urgent cases were not coming in.Read More »
FDA Seizes Cheaper Drugs From Canada Leaving Patients Stuck Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
While seizures at the nation’s international mail facilities have periodically spiked during the past two decades, the latest crackdown is distressing many older customers whose goal is to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.Read More »
Is Climate Change Too Political For Doctors To Discuss With Patients?
Climate change presents many threats across the country: Heat stress can exacerbate mental illness; Air pollution worsens respiratory problems; High temperatures can weaken the effectiveness of medications. But is the topic too political for the exam room?Read More »
Crisis Puts A Freeze On Plans To Overhaul Military, Veterans Health Systems
The global pandemic has put medical staffing shortages in stark relief — and prompted a halt to the system overhaul. Veterans and military advocates say that, with the focus on fighting COVID-19, now is not the time to pursue major changes.Read More »
Pediatric Practices Struggle To Adapt And Survive Amid COVID-19
Across the U.S., thousands of pediatric practices that provide front-line care for the nation’s children are struggling to adjust to a dire new reality.Read More »
Trump Promoted Abbott’s Speedy COVID-19 Test. But Document Says Only 5,500 Are On Way For Entire U.S.
State officials are scrambling to obtain Abbott’s highly touted COVID-19 test after it said they could detect the novel coronavirus in as little as five minutes, or give a negative test result in about 13 minutes.Read More »
Docs Ask Insurance Companies to Do More For Physicians and Practices During COVID-19
Doctors identify steps that should be taken by insurance companies and others to support physicians and their practices during the COVID-19 emergency.Read More »
Why Does It Take So Long To Get Results From My COVID-19 Test?
For people who are able to get tested for COVID-19, there can be a frustratingly long wait for results — not just hours, but often days.Read More »
Telemedicine Surges With Coronavirus Fears And Shift In Reimbursements
Hospitals and practices have recently added telemedicine services to keep patients concerned about the coronavirus from clogging their offices and emergency rooms.Read More »
The Race To Import Medical Supplies During Coronavirus Pandemic
Demand is outstripping what’s available due to a damaged supply chain heavily reliant on China and a struggling Strategic National Stockpile. U.S. manufacturing giants like 3M have not yet made up the difference.Read More »