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Patients for Profit

The Business of Clinical Trials Is Booming. Private Equity Has Taken Notice.

Private equity-backed Headlands Research heralded its covid-19 vaccine trials as a chance to boost participation among diverse populations, then it shuttered multiple sites that conducted them.

KHN On Air

Journalists Discuss Medicaid Rules, Opioid Settlement Funds, and the Public Health Workforce

KHN and California Healthline staff made the rounds on national and local media this week to discuss their stories. Here’s a collection of their appearances.

The Disability Tax: Medical Bills Remain Inaccessible for Many Blind Americans

Health insurers and health care systems across the country are violating disability rights laws by sending medical bills that blind and visually impaired people cannot read, a KHN investigation has found. By hindering the ability of blind Americans to know what they owe, some bills get sent to debt collections.

Watch: The Politics of Health Care in California

KHN senior correspondent Angela Hart discussed the most pressing health care issues in California with the nonpartisan group Democracy Winters in mid-November, touching on a variety of issues, from the state’s effort to transform its Medicaid program to its plan to produce generic insulin.

Addiction Treatment Proponents Urge Rural Clinicians to Pitch In by Prescribing Medication

The number of U.S. health care providers certified to prescribe buprenorphine more than doubled in the past four years, and treatment advocates hope to see that trend continue.

Special Coverage

State Plans Vary for Spending $26B in Opioid Settlement Funds

The cash represents an unprecedented opportunity to derail the opioid epidemic, but with countless groups advocating for their share of the pie, the impact could depend heavily on geography and politics.

Bill of the Month

This investigation by KHN and NPR dissects and explains your medical bills every month.

Look Up Your Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

As STDs Proliferate, Companies Rush to Market At-Home Test Kits

But are they reliable?

Audits — Hidden Until Now — Reveal Millions in Medicare Advantage Overcharges

Taxpayers had to foot the bills for care that should have cost far less. The government may seek to recover up to $650 million as a result.

Treating Long Covid Is Rife With Guesswork

With a dearth of evidence on effective treatments for long covid, patients and doctors in 400 clinics around the country still rely on trial and error.

Diagnosis: Debt

A reporting partnership between KHN and NPR exploring the scale, impact, and causes of medical debt in America.

Patients for Profit

How private equity hijacked health care.

When Malpractice Occurs at Community Health Centers, Taxpayers Pay

The federal government made 485 payouts, totaling $410 million, in malpractice cases involving community health centers nationwide from 2018 through 2021.

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Medicaid Machinations

Daily Cartoon

‘End of Fall Facelift?’

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