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In Alleged Health Care ‘Money Grab,’ Nation’s Largest Hospital Chain Cashes In on Trauma Centers

HCA charges patients an “activation fee” of up to $50,000 for trauma teams at centers located in half its 179 hospitals — and they often don’t need trauma care, an analysis of insurance claims data shows.

In Mental Health Crises, a 911 Call Now Brings a Mixed Team of Helpers — And Maybe No Cops

More communities are creating teams of health care providers to respond to mental health crises instead of cops, a shift propelled by nationwide demonstrations against police brutality. But the shapes of those mobile crisis response teams vary because the movement is still in an experimental stage.

Podcasts

‘An Arm and a Leg’: When Your Insurance Company Says No, How to Ask for a Yes

Health care insiders get surprise medical bills, too. One of them shares tips for writing an insurance appeal.

Female doctor using smart phone computer desk in clinic

Doctor on Call? Lawmakers Debate How Much to Pay for Phone Appointments

Phone visits became an option for many Medicare and Medicaid patients during the pandemic. Now policymakers are deciding whether they’re worth the money.

KHN On Air

Journalists Discuss New Alzheimer's Drug, Women's Alcohol Use, the Hip-Hop and Opioids Link

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.

Special Coverage

Kidney Experts Say It’s Time to Remove Race From Medical Algorithms

Doing so is complicated.

Covid’s Long Shadow: Mourning in America

Covid's Long Shadow

The ‘grief pandemic’ will torment Americans for years.

COVID-19

Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Look Up Your Hospital

Is It Being Penalized By Medicare?

KHN Impact

Lost on the Frontline

Labor department issues emergency rules to protect health care workers from covid.

Bill Of The Month

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

Which of Trump’s Health Policies Will Biden Reverse?

 

Data Visualizations

Caring for an Aging Nation

The number of Americans 65 and older is expected to nearly double in the next 40 years. Finding a way to provide and pay for the long-term health services they need won't be easy.

Boeing Aircraft Interior
Clearing the Air

Clearing the Air

Boeing tested air purifiers like those widely used in schools. It decided not to use them in planes.

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Our 200th Episode!

Daily Cartoon

‘The Pandemic Hours’

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