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Hospital Financial Decisions Play a Role in the Critical Shortage of Pediatric Beds for RSV Patients

Yes, the U.S. is experiencing an unusual spate of childhood RSV infections. But the critical shortage of hospital beds to treat ailing children stems from structural problems in pediatric care that have been brewing for years.

To Attract In-Home Caregivers, California Offers Paid Training — And Self-Care

Turnover ails a program that allows low-income people who are older or disabled to age in place. To attract new workers and improve retention, the state is paying caregivers to develop new skills.

Podcasts

‘An Arm and a Leg’: He Made a Video About Health Insurance Terminology That Went Viral

A video producer’s quest for health coverage led him to create a video about insurance terminology. That video now has over a million views. Here’s how he did it.

Navigating Aging

A Family Death During the Holidays Prompts Questions and Reflection

The death of a sharp but frail patriarch just days before Thanksgiving casts a shadow on a family’s holiday season.

Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Congress Races the Clock

Sen. Raphael Warnock’s re-election in Georgia will give Democrats a clear-cut Senate majority for the first time in nearly a decade. Meanwhile, the current Congress has only days left to tackle major unfinished business on the health agenda, including fending off scheduled pay cuts for doctors and other health providers in the Medicare program. Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Politico, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, and Sandhya Raman of CQ Roll Call join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these topics and more. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read, too.

Special Coverage

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.

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?

Patients for Profit

How private equity hijacked health care.

The Disability Tax

Medical bills remain inaccessible for many blind Americans.

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.

Diagnosis: Debt

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

Racial Disparities in Lung Cancer Start With Research

 

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.

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Congress Races the Clock

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How much is it? Who knows!?

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