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Millions To See Credit Report Changes With Medical Debt Abolition

The three major credit bureaus have removed certain medical debt from reports, effective July 1. Separately, a Supreme Court case will likely determine whether Medicaid providers and patients can sue states for abusive payments.

The Wall Street Journal: Medical debt is erased from credit reports. What this means for you

Millions of Americans will now see better health on their credit reports, making it easier to get an apartment or apply for a loan. Effective July 1, the three major credit bureaus have removed medical debts that have been in collection but have subsequently been paid. In the past, these types of debt remained on the reports for as long as seven years. Other changes are also to come. (Kelce, 11/7)

Modern healthcare: Supreme Court to decide whether Medicaid providers, patients can sue states

A federal court ruling that a Chicago hospital can sue the state agency Medicaid for allegedly failing to ensure proper payment from private insurers sets the stage for a deluge of similar lawsuits from providers – whether the highest court in the land upholds Medicaid participants’ right to sue. (Tepper, 7/11)

KHN: Nosocomial pneumonia kills patients. Yet there is a simple way to stop it

Four years ago, when Karen Giuliano checked into a Boston hospital for hip replacement surgery, she was given a bucket of pale pink toiletries given out to patients at many hospitals. Inside were tissues, bar soap, deodorant, toothpaste and, without a doubt, the worst toothbrush she had ever seen. ” I could not believe it. I have a bristleless toothbrush,” she said. “He didn’t have to go through the bristle machine. It was just a stick.” For most patients, an unnecessary hospital toothbrush would be a slight inconvenience. But for Giuliano, professor of nursing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, it was a reminder of a pervasive “blind spot” in American hospitals: the startling consequences of unbrushed teeth.(Kelman, 7/12)

KHN: ‘One Arm and One Leg’: ER Doctor Tackles Inequalities in American Health Care

Dr. Thomas Fisher, an emergency physician at a hospital on Chicago’s South Side, wrote “The Emergency,” a close-up chronicle of the first year of the covid-19 pandemic. He also tells the story of his journey as a doctor: how his upbringing on the South Side fueled his career choice and how the realities and inequalities of American health care limited his ability to help his community. Fisher details how the failures of America’s healthcare system — and the racial inequities it perpetuates — leave healthcare workers with a deep sense of hurt feelings. (Weissmann, 12/7)

In health industry news from Massachusetts, Georgia, Illinois and Michigan –

The Boston Globe: Mass General Brigham plans massive expansion of Hospital-At-Home program

Gregg Meyer, president of MGB’s community division and executive vice president of value-based care within the system, said the expansion marks the culmination of decades of developments that have helped providers better care for patients. from a distance. At the same time, the healthcare system is coming under increasing pressure from state regulators to cut spending. (Bartlett, 7/11)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Child health care of Atlanta’s first therapy dog, Casper, dies

Casper, Atlanta’s first Children’s Health Care therapy dog, recently passed away. He was 15 years old. Known for his kindness and uncanny intuition, Casper, a golden retriever and yellow Labrador mix, began his career at Children’s Hospital in September 2009 as the hospital’s first four-legged employee. Alongside his mistress, Lisa Kinsel, Head of Voluntary Services at Children’s Scottish Rite, Casper has helped improve the lives of countless patients and staff. (Oliver, 7/11)

Chicago Tribune: Chicago doctor studies racial disparities in breast cancer

Dr. Tokoya Williams wanted to be a heart surgeon when she started medical school. But when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in her senior year of medical school – leading to chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction – she was forced to put that plan on hold. (Schencker, 7/11)

Detroit Free Press: Bigham Farms Dr. David Jankowski Found Guilty of Running $35M Pill Factory

A federal jury on Monday convicted a Bingham Farms doctor of running a $35 million pill mill that prosecutors say stole money from government and private insurers and fueled his opioid addiction. America – all while a greedy doctor lined his pockets. (Baldas, 11/7)

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