California Shies Away From Calls To Eliminate Restrictions On Nurse Practitioners

[UPDATED on April 21] As the demand for health care workers surges with the coronavirus case count, many states are rushing to lift restrictions on nurse practitioners, who provide much of the same care as doctors do. But California allows nurse practitioners to work only under the supervision of a doctor, and most limitations on…

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NYC Nurse Says He’s Not Scared: ‘I Am Only Doing My Job’ For COVID-19 Patients

Before the deadly coronavirus hit New York, Francisco Díaz’s job as a gerontological nurse practitioner was educating seniors on managing their diabetes. Now, he’s at the heart of the pandemic, working in a New York City emergency room. “I have worked during the influenza outbreaks, the swine flu, but never a public health threat of…

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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Hello! This pandemic is going to have ramifications that unfold for years to come that we won’t be able to predict. But my money is, for sure, on all of us leveling up on our germophobe meters. This New York Times cough simulation burned itself into my brain when I saw it, while I’m trying…

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Listen: Battling The Coronavirus While Reopening The Economy

Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News’ chief Washington correspondent, joins WBUR’s “On Point” weekly news roundup to look at the Trump administration’s plan to reopen the economy and the effect that could have on public health as many areas are still battling the novel coronavirus. The panel of journalists — including Jane Clayson of “On Point,”…

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In Fine Print, HHS Appears To Ban All Surprise Billing During The Pandemic

Federal officials offering emergency funding to hospitals, clinics and doctors’ practices have included this stipulation: They cannot foist surprise medical bills on COVID-19 patients. But buried in the Department of Health and Human Services’ terms and conditions for eligibility is language that could carry much broader implications. It says “HHS broadly views every patient as…

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