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Patients for Profit

Some Addiction Treatment Centers Turn Big Profits by Scaling Back Care

Private equity groups are cashing in on rising rates of alcohol and drug addiction in the U.S. But they aren’t necessarily investing in centers with the best treatment standards, and they often cut extra services.

It’s 'Telehealth vs. No Care’: Doctors Say Congress Risks Leaving Patients Vulnerable

Congress’ $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package included a two-year extension of pandemic-era funding that helped telehealth services grow nationwide. But that cash bridge, embraced by those delivering services to patients in rural areas, doesn’t provide much certainty for the future of remote medicine.

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“Health Minute” brings original health care and health policy reporting from the KHN newsroom to the airwaves each week.

California Author Uses Dark Humor — And a Bear — To Highlight Flawed Health System

A new graphic novel by Kathleen Founds follows an angst-ridden bear on his quest for mental health treatment. Founds drew on her own experience with bipolar disorder.

Government Lets Health Plans That Ripped Off Medicare Keep the Money

In a surprise decision, U.S. officials yield to insurance industry demands — at least for now.

When Gun Violence Ends Young Lives, These Men Prepare the Graves

Just outside St. Louis, a cemetery for children sits on a hill. A wooden, weather-worn sign welcomes mourners to “Baby Land.” The gravediggers who made the special spot work quietly in the shadows.

Bill Of The Month

A Baby Spent 36 Days in an In-Network NICU. Why Did the Hospital Next Door Send a Bill?

A baby spent more than a month in a Chicago NICU. A big bill revealed she was treated by out-of-network doctors from the children’s hospital next door. Her parents were charged despite a state law protecting patients from such out-of-network billing — and sent to collections when they didn’t pay up.

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Special Coverage

Latino Teens Are Deputized as Health Educators to Sway the Unvaccinated

Some community health groups are training Latino teens to conduct outreach and education, particularly in places where covid vaccine fears linger.

California’s Resolve Questioned After It Grants Medi-Cal Contract Concessions

After the Department of Health Care Services canceled Medi-Cal contract awards under pressure from major insurers, some consumer advocates question the administration’s willpower to improve care in the safety-net program.

Look Up Your California Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

Postcard From San Francisco

JPMorgan’s Health Care Conference Convenes Amid Fears the Bubble Will Burst

The gathering was full of energy and enthusiasm. But it was also marked by questions about the future of health care investment.

California Author Uses Dark Humor — And a Bear — To Highlight Flawed Health System

A new graphic novel by Kathleen Founds follows an angst-ridden bear on his quest for mental health treatment. Founds drew on her own experience with bipolar disorder.

NFL Has Been Slow to Embrace Mental Health Support for Players

The shocking on-field cardiac arrest of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin traumatized some players and underscores the need for more consistent mental health support in a league whose athletes are trained to show no weakness.

Medi-Cal Makeover

California is embarking on a massive transformation of its Medicaid program. The goal is to improve health care quality and save money. Will it work?

Navigating Aging

Weighing Risks of a Major Surgery

7 questions older Americans should ask their surgeon.

COVID-19

FDA Experts Are Still Puzzled Over Who Should Get Which Covid Shots and When

A single booster seems to prevent death and hospitalization in most people, but protection from the current vaccines wanes within months. FDA experts say they need to know more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to decide the best long-term strategy.

Picture of Health

More Californians Are Dying at Home. Another Covid ‘New Normal’?

The proportion of Californians dying at home, rather than in a hospital or nursing home, accelerated during the pandemic, a trend that has outlasted the rigid lockdowns linked to the initial shift.

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