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CMS Proposes Medicaid Changes Covering More Telehealth Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new version of its Physician Fee Schedule rule, which, if adopted, would significantly expand the number of telehealth services covered by Medicare. The new rule would make it easier for Medicare recipients to obtain certain telehealth services, as the agency begins to adopt a more open attitude towards telehealth in general. This push is a clear response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the risks it particularly poses to the demographics most often covered by Medicare.… Read the rest

Beware of Bed Sores When Looking for Nursing Home Neglect

No one wants to believe their loved ones are being mistreated while in the care of a nursing home. After all, the entire purpose of placing someone you care about in a nursing home is to ensure their needs will be cared for when you are unable to care for them yourself. However, far too many nursing homes are neglectful of their residents, and one of the surest signs that this is going on is the appearance of bed sores.… Read the rest

Misdiagnosis by a Healthcare Provider Can Cause Real Harm

Medical malpractice can come in many forms, from surgical errors, to prescribing the wrong medication, or even causing additional injuries while attempting to repair an existing one. Sometimes, though, a doctor or other healthcare provider misses something or gets something wrong, resulting in misdiagnosis. However, even an honest mistake can result in real harm to patients, who rely on a doctor’s diagnosis to determine how their illnesses should be treated.… Read the rest

Nursing Home Abuse: Five Signs to Watch Out For

When the coronavirus pandemic hit New York, people with family members in nursing homes were forced to stay away from their loved ones for months. With the quarantine phasing out, many people are now seeing their family members again for the first time in months, and thus might only now become aware of potential abuse they have suffered. If this situation sounds familiar, you should check for these five signs to determine if your loved one might be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect:… Read the rest

Juul Sued by Over 100 School Districts for Allegedly Targeting Minors

Juul is the largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes in the world, and at its height in 2018, it held a market share of greater than 70%. However, it has faced criticism and litigation for hiding the dangers associated with its product, including obscuring the fact that its products contain nicotine. However, it now faces lawsuits from more than one hundred school districts over another troubling set of allegations: namely, that it has intentionally marketed its products towards minors who cannot legally purchase its products.… Read the rest

The Rewards and Risks of Telehealth Programs

While New York is already well into the process of phasing out its quarantine, the coronavirus remains a significant threat to public health, especially those with long-term health issues. To address these concerns, doctors have placed an increased emphasis on telehealth programs to allow them to speak with patients without needing to see them in person. However, with this increased emphasis on telehealth technology comes increased risks that both doctors and patients should be aware of.… Read the rest

Roundup Manufacturer Settles Cancer Suits for $10 Billion

BayerAG, the chemical and pharmaceutical conglomerate, has agreed to pay $10 billion to settle a series of lawsuits brought against it over its signature weed killer, Roundup. The herbicide became the subject of major public controversy after it was discovered that Roundup had carcinogenic properties, a fact that was known by its manufacturer, Monsanto, for decades. The company covered up this fact and continued to sell Roundup to the public, netting billions of dollars from sales of the weed killer in the interim.… Read the rest

Addressing Nursing Home Abuse During the COVID Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has severely taxed the healthcare system, and nursing homes especially have borne much of the harm caused by COVID-19. However, as bad as the situation might be in nursing homes right now, there is another lingering threat to residents they should be concerned about: nursing home neglect and abuse. And unfortunately, the COVID crisis may make it harder than ever to hold nursing homes accountable for these abuses.… Read the rest

NY Criticized for Placing Recovering COVID Patients in Nursing Homes

New York State has received substantial criticism for a controversial decision to move recovering coronavirus patients to nursing homes as a means of alleviating pressure on hospitals. According to the Associated Press, more than 4,500 patients recovering from COVID-19 were moved into nursing homes in New York State, due to a policy that has since been reversed by Governor Cuomo. The tally is a mere estimate however, as the New York State Department of Health has yet to release its own numbers.

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a highly infectious disease that has wreaked havoc on healthcare … Read the rest

Motor Vehicle Fatalities Go Down but Mileage Death Rate Increases

Over the course of the first three months of 2020, the overall number of motor vehicle fatalities across the United States have decreased compared to the same period last year, according to data collected by the National Safety Council. This is attributable to there being fewer people on the road due to the coronavirus and quarantine restrictions. However, in that same period, more people died compared to the number of miles driven, indicating that although people are driving less, they are driving more dangerously.… Read the rest