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'Almost like malpractice': To shed bias, doctors get schooled to look beyond obesity

Research has long shown that doctors are less likely to respect patients who are overweight or obese, even as nearly three-quarters of adults in the U.S. now fall into one of those categories - yet despite obesity’s prevalence, it carries a unique stigma. ... Read more»

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States are eying foreign-trained health professionals as shortage grows

States are eying foreign-trained health professionals as part of a solution to two problems: the growing shortage of health care workers and the worse health outcomes experienced by minority and immigrant communities. ... Read more»

Will fear of prescribing opioids fuel illegal addiction?

Doctors are becoming increasingly reluctant to prescribe opioids for pain treatment for fear of being criminally charged in the future and experts worry that the future of treating pain in America will drastically change — possibly exacerbating addiction and illegal drug use.... Read more»

Missouri tried to fix its doctor shortage — now the fix may need fixing

Arizona and several other states have adopted licensing for assistant physicians - medical school graduates who have not yet completed residency training - to help ease gaps in primary health care, but nurse practitioners and medical groups are urging changes.... Read more»

Two proposals target Arizona trans youth in sports, medicine

Arizona medical professionals who perform gender-affirming surgery or provide hormonal treatment to transgender or gender nonconforming minors would face felony charges and prison time under a proposed law from northern Arizona legislator Sen. Wendy Rogers.... Read more»

HHS says surprise billing rules will force over-charging doctors to accept fair prices

Overpriced doctors and medical providers who can’t charge a reasonable rate for their services could be put out of business when new rules against surprise medical bills take effect in January - and that’s a good thing, according to HHS Xavier Becerra.... Read more»

Congressional doctors lead bipartisan revolt over policy on surprise medical bills

The detente that allowed Congress to pass a law curbing surprise medical bills has disintegrated, with a bipartisan group of 152 lawmakers assailing the Biden administration’s plan to regulate the law and medical providers warning of grim consequences for underserved patients.... Read more»

Insurance focused on virtual visits? The pros and cons of a new twist in health plans

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits; now, insurers are betting that some patients liked it enough to embrace new types of health coverage that encourages video visits — or outright insists on them.... Read more»

Major insurers running billions of dollars behind on payments to hospitals and doctors

Anthem Blue Cross, the country’s second-biggest health insurance company, is behind on billions of dollars in payments owed to hospitals and doctors because of onerous new reimbursement rules, computer problems and mishandled claims, say hospital officials in multiple states.... Read more»

Arizona’s COVID-19 infection rate is back at winter surge levels

Arizona’s COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise to levels not seen since the winter surge - the state last week averaged more than 2,000 cases per day - and local doctors and pediatricians have been urging Gov. Doug Ducey to rescind mask bans.... Read more»

Doctors now must provide patients their health data, online and on demand

A new federal rule went into effect April 5 that requires health care providers to give patients electronic access to their health information without delay upon request, at no cost, but the rollout of the rule has hit bumps as confusion and concerns reign among doctors and patients.... Read more»

Hospitals are suddenly short of young doctors — because of Trump’s visa ban

Doctors treating coronavirus patients were supposed to be allowed into the U.S. But hundreds of young doctors have their visas put on hold indefinitely.... Read more»

As Arizona COVID-19 cases rise, so do hospital workers’ equipment worries

Arizona hospitals are rationing and ordering workers to reuse protective equipment like masks, gowns and eyewear in an attempt to head off shortages expected with the surge in COVID-19 patients in the state.... Read more»

States given expired protective gear, workers 'hoping for the best' during CV-19

Arizona and other states are receiving old or expired medical supplies from the federal stockpile that are more likely to fail, including the N95 masks that are essential to protect health care workers from COVID-19.... Read more»

Medical worker describes lung failure from COVID-19, even in young patients

An anonymous New Orleans hospital respiratory therapist describes the intensity of the virus and its symptoms, especially acute respiratory distress syndrome.... Read more»

Foreign-born doctors are vital to Arizona’s rural communities

For some patients living in rural areas, being treated by a foreign doctor is the only option they have.... Read more»

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