Strained capacity is not keeping covid patients from being admitted, officials say
Ohio Hospitals have been strained for months by the coronavirus. But unlike in some other parts of the country, that hasn’t prompted them to tell people who would have been admitted earlier in the pandemic to stay home, officials said Thursday. Daily numbers of new coronavirus cases have appeared to be levelling off over the […]
“This is not a drill.” Health officials say they might have to start canceling procedures
Coronavirus cases in Ohio continue to snowball and now health officials say the strain is so great that any day now they might have to start canceling medical procedures. They made that stark warning on a day when the state’s GOP lawmakers seemed to be living in another world, with House Republicans voting down a […]
Ohio hospital list prices vary wildly, new report finds
Plan to boost hospital transparency unlikely to save money, re[port finds.
Current COVID-19 hospitalization levels reach record high
Hospital rolls of COVID-19 patients soared to a record high Wednesday as a month-long surge in new cases has spilled over into Ohio’s hospitalization counts. On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Health reported there are nearly 1,100 Ohioans currently in the hospital with COVID-19, the respiratory and vascular disease caused by the new coronavirus. The […]
Much of the federal coronavirus money distributed so far goes to hospitals that need it least, critics say
The rich keep getting richer — even among hospitals dealing with a historic pandemic.
Lawmakers advance small business relief bill without extra cash for states
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday cleared an “interim” COVID-19 relief package that includes billions of dollars for small businesses, hospitals and testing, but no additional funds for state and local governments. The nearly $500 billion package passed by unanimous consent Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. House is expected to reconvene on Thursday to vote […]
COVID-19 may hit rural residents hard, and that spells trouble because of lack of rural health care
The burden of COVID-19 in rural areas has been under the radar, as the toll of the disease so far has been heaviest in dense urban areas. But up to 30% of the U.S. population lives in rural America, which already has experienced more than 128 hospital closures since 2010, including 19 last year. COVID-19 […]
Bill to increase hospital billing transparency presented to Ohio House committee
A bill seeking to create more transparency in hospital billing was recently brought to an Ohio House Committee for review. State Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, presented Senate Bill 97 to a recent meeting of the House Committee on Health. He said the bill would require hospitals to give estimates to patients at least seven […]