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How banks and private equity cash in when patients can’t pay their medical bills

November 20, 2022, 6:00am Business

Patients at North Carolina-based Atrium Health get what looks like an enticing pitch when they go to the nonprofit hospital system’s website: a payment plan from lender AccessOne. The plans offer “easy ways to make monthly payments” on medical bills, the website says. You don’t need good credit to get… Read story

Health care employees and advocates say the shootings of two Dallas hospital workers represent the latest in an increasing wave of workplace violence acts in recent years, which range from verbal abuse to fatal physical attacks.

What needs to change to keep hospital workers safe from violence?

Health care employees and advocates say the shootings of two Dallas hospital workers represent the latest in an increasing wave of workplace violence acts in recent years, which range from verbal abuse to fatal physical attacks.

November 20, 2022, 6:00am Health

Hospitals are supposed to exist as places of healing. Read story

Clark County hospitals, including PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, are operating near capacity due to an influx of respiratory ailments and inability to move some patients out to less-intensive care facilities.

Clark County hospital beds almost full but COVID isn’t the only issue

Clark County hospitals, including PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, are operating near capacity due to an influx of respiratory ailments and inability to move some patients out to less-intensive care facilities.

November 20, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Health

In Clark County, hospital and intensive care beds continue to remain near capacity, and officials are urging patients with non-emergency health issues to stay out of the emergency department if possible. Read story

Thousands of experts hired to aid public health departments are losing their jobs

November 20, 2022, 5:48am Health

As COVID-19 raged, roughly 4,000 highly skilled epidemiologists, communication specialists and public health nurses were hired by a nonprofit tied to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to plug the holes at battered public health departments on the front lines. Read story

FILE - Ryan Dutton, an EMT from Rescue Inc., prepares shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine during a vaccine clinic held by Rescue Inc. at Leland & Gray Middle and High School, in Townshend, Vt., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. The updated COVID-19 boosters aren't an exact match to the newest omicron mutants but Pfizer says lab tests suggest its shot may offer some cross-protection.

Pfizer booster spurs immune response to new omicron subtypes

FILE - Ryan Dutton, an EMT from Rescue Inc., prepares shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine during a vaccine clinic held by Rescue Inc. at Leland & Gray Middle and High School, in Townshend, Vt., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. The updated COVID-19 boosters aren't an exact match to the newest omicron mutants but Pfizer says lab tests suggest its shot may offer some cross-protection.

November 19, 2022, 7:14pm Health

Pfizer said Friday that its updated COVID-19 booster may offer some protection against newly emerging omicron mutants even though it's not an exact match. Read story

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver gets ‘A’ rating

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

November 18, 2022, 5:47pm Clark County Health

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver received an ‘A’ grade this fall from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, an independent national watchdog organization. Read story

FILE - A patient is given a flu vaccine at the L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans' Community Resource Center where they were offering members and the public free flu and COVID-19 vaccines Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Lynwood, Calif. As Americans head into the late 2022 holiday season, a rapidly intensifying flu season is straining hospitals already overburdened with patients sick from other respiratory infections. (AP Photo/Mark J.

‘Viral jambalaya’: Early flu adding to woes for US hospitals

FILE - A patient is given a flu vaccine at the L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans' Community Resource Center where they were offering members and the public free flu and COVID-19 vaccines Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Lynwood, Calif. As Americans head into the late 2022 holiday season, a rapidly intensifying flu season is straining hospitals already overburdened with patients sick from other respiratory infections. (AP Photo/Mark J.

November 18, 2022, 12:38pm Health

As Americans head into the holiday season, a rapidly intensifying flu season is straining hospitals already overburdened with patients sick from other respiratory infections. Read story

Teen Talk volunteer Stephanie Zonker talks to a parent during a teen mental health event at Prairie High School.

Prairie High School event helps parents learn to support teens’ mental health

Teen Talk volunteer Stephanie Zonker talks to a parent during a teen mental health event at Prairie High School.

November 18, 2022, 6:05am Clark County Health

Gathered in the library at Prairie High School on Wednesday, counselors reminded parents that they are not alone in supporting their children through mental health struggles. Read story