Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff April 13, 2019 Cheryle Reidel knows a thing or two about surprise medical bills. There was the $6,000 for a cancer biopsy in 2012. Several years later, an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetist billed her $2,600 for another procedure.This year, it happened again: Reidel underwent a colonoscopy at Norwood Hospital — which is fully covered by her insurance plan — only to discover that the anesthesiologist who worked there was not. The bill: $2,490. What happened after Reidel, 64, received these unexpected medical charges illustrates one of the most frustrating and unpredictable aspects of the health care system: It was only after dozens of phone calls and numerous letters to insurance companies and the providers that she got these bills from providers outside her insurance network dismissed. Other patients have not been so … [Read more...] about Patients express frustration over surprise medical bills
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Felicia Gans Globe Staff December 24, 2018 Dr. Judith Pinsker loved to be outdoors.Sometimes, her adventures brought her no farther than her Wellesley home, where she spent hours working in her garden. Other times, she would travel to the mountains to go hiking or cross-country skiing with her family.It was her love for nature that took her to the White Mountains in New Hampshire the weekend before Christmas, hiking with her husband, two adult sons, and friends. Advertisement They were on the Frankenstein Cliff Trail near Crawford Notch in Hart’s Location about noon on Sunday when a piece of falling ice hit Pinsker’s head. Rescue teams worked to carry her to the Arethusa Falls parking lot and then to Memorial Hospital, in North Conway, N.H., according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top … [Read more...] about Tufts doctor dies after being hit by falling ice on hike in White Mountains
POLITICS 12/08/2018 05:45 am ET Alex McNabb, the host of a popular neo-Nazi podcast, regularly compares black patients to animals. By Christopher Mathias Alex McNabb, a white supremacist podcaster who works as an emergency medical technician in southern Virginia, is under investigation by the state’s Department of Health, a spokesperson for the department confirmed to HuffPost. McNabb, 35, is a frequent co-host of “The Daily Shoah,” a popular neo-Nazi podcast. On the show he regularly tells stories about being an EMT, often referring to patients by racist slurs and comparing black patients to animals. An anonymous complaint was made on Nov. 26 against McNabb, who works as an EMT in Patrick County, according to Marian Hunter, public relations coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services. Because it’s an “open and active investigation,” Hunter did not describe the nature of the … [Read more...] about A Prominent White Supremacist Is An EMT In Virginia. Now The State Is Investigating Him.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jonathan Saltzman Globe Staff December 04, 2018 CAMBRIDGE — John White, a retired North Attleborough bioengineer, was diagnosed in early 2015 with aggressive prostate cancer. It had spread to his bladder and pelvic lymph nodes. It didn’t respond to hormone therapy and chemotherapy. His oncologist feared White might have only a year to live.Then scientists at Foundation Medicine, a Cambridge biotech, ran a new diagnostic test to sequence the DNA of cancer cells in his prostate gland, which had been surgically removed. The bad news was that he had a rare form of the disease, marked by an extraordinary number of genetic changes in the cancerous cells. The good news: The new test showed that he might respond to any of three new immunotherapy drugs.In August 2016 White began taking one of those drugs, Keytruda, sold by Merck & Co., which had been approved … [Read more...] about Test turns out to be a ‘lifesaver’
For the past two decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that parents be “encouraged” to use methods other than spanking to discipline their children. This week, the organization, which represents about 67,000 pediatricians across the United States, issued an updated policy statement that takes a much stronger stand on spanking: The group now states unequivocally that parents should not use spanking or any other form of corporal punishment — defined as “noninjurious, open-handed hitting with the intention of modifying child behavior” — on their children. The pediatricians also warn parents to avoid verbal abuse — language that “belittles, humiliates, denigrates, scapegoats, threatens, scares, or ridicules the child.” “Aversive disciplinary strategies, including all forms of corporal punishment and yelling at or shaming children, are minimally effective in the short-term and not effective in the … [Read more...] about Nation’s pediatricians strengthen their stand against spanking