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Embedded Bias: How Medical Records Sow Discrimination

Medical records can contain seemingly objective descriptions that are actually full of coded language and subtext. How does that affect care?

Biden Promise Tracker

Is Covid ‘Under Control’ in the US? Experts Say Yes

PolitiFact has been tracking this campaign promise since 2020. Experts are now saying it's fair to describe the covid pandemic as "under control."

The Cruelest Bills

Shattered Dreams and Bills in the Millions: Losing a Baby in America

On top of fearing for their children’s lives, new parents of very fragile, very sick infants can face exorbitant hospital bills — even if they have insurance. Medical bills don’t go away if a child dies.

KHN On Air

Journalists Dissect Medical Coding and Parse the President's Words

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.

Hemp-Derived Delta-8 Skirts Marijuana Laws and Raises Health Concerns

A cannabis product called delta-8 was made legal when the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp. But unlike its cousin CBD, delta-8 has psychoactive properties. And the FDA warns it has “serious health risks.” The agency has received more than 100 reports of bad reactions among people who consumed it.

Special Coverage

Medical Coding Creates Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients

The codes used by U.S. medical providers to bill insurers haven’t caught up to the needs of trans patients or even international standards.

A Disability Program Promised to Lift People From Poverty

Instead, it left many homeless.

COVID-19

Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Look Up Your Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

Patients for Profit

How private equity hijacked health care.

Doctors Rush to Use Supreme Court Ruling to Escape Opioid Charges

After a unanimous ruling from the high court, doctors who are accused of writing irresponsible prescriptions can go to trial with a new defense: It wasn’t on purpose.

Bill of the Month

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

Patient Satisfaction Surveys Earn a Zero on Tracking Whether Hospitals Deliver Culturally Competent Care

 

Postcard From Sonoma

Postcard from Sonoma

Children in northern California learn to cope with wildfire trauma.

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Biden Declares the Pandemic ‘Over’

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