New York finally has seen the light. The state on Sunday reversed its deadly mandate, issued in March, prohibiting nursing homes from testing incoming residents and requiring them to accept patients from hospitals, even if they were diagnosed with COVID-19. New York now says hospitals can send patients to nursing homes only if they have tested negative for the virus. The … [Read more...] about Follow the Data…
At least half of the deaths from COVID-19 have been among nursing home residents—those most likely to be elderly and to have underlying health conditions. Shouldn’t our first priority be to protect these vulnerable seniors and the workers in these facilities? Apparently not in New York. There has been too little coverage of an order signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo requiring … [Read more...] about Focus on the Most Vulnerable
With fire truck parades and flyovers across the country, there have been many deserved tributes to honor the medical heroes who are battling the coronavirus on the front lines. But the doctors behind the scenes also are heroes. They risk exposure every time they see a patient, and most are concerned about the non-COVID patients who are not getting the medical care they need because elective … [Read more...] about Will Private Practice Medicine Survive?
“Getting back to normal can begin now in some places,” Senior Fellow Doug Badger explain in a new post with Heritage scholar Norbert Michel. “That is because the pandemic has not been evenly spread across the states or even within states.” They challenge Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, who was asked … [Read more...] about When can we get back to normal?
The federal government has made huge progress in lowering regulatory barriers in order to accelerate access to health care during the coronavirus crisis, including allowing patients to talk with their doctors by telemedicine visits. But one group of particularly vulnerable patients has been left out: Medicare beneficiaries needing access to infused or injected drugs that generally must be … [Read more...] about Crucial access to injected and infused medications needed for Medicare patients