Vizient, a group purchasing organization that negotiates lower prices with drug manufacturers, sent recommendations that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to drugs heavily used with ventilator patients.
The Trump administration is telling 3M to prioritize the U.S. market for its N95 respirator masks during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The company has been accused of not doing enough to support the U.S. health care system and of fostering price gouging.
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A patient with suspected COVID-19 arrives at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn on Thursday. Even as the risk of big medical bills climbs, many Americans are losing their jobs and health insurance right now.
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A Pier 39 employee wears protective gear while cleaning a sidewalk in San Francisco, Calif., on March 16, the day the county announced a local shelter-in-place order. On March 19, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a shelter-in-place order for the entire state.
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Two days before Christine Rayburn was scheduled to have a cancerous tumor removed, the hospital cancelled the surgery, part of a wave of cancellations of "elective" surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic. But Rayburn's surgeon fought back, and got the surgery back on the schedule 10 days later.
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While more affluent parts of Nashville have had testing sites for weeks, this drive-through testing site at Meharry Medical College, in a historically African American neighborhood, experienced weeks of delays because staff couldn't acquire the needed testing supplies and gear like masks and gloves. It finally opened March 30.
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Trauma surgeon David Nott, shown above in Bangladesh, has volunteered in war zones and disaster areas around the world. Now he's treating COVID-19 patients in London.
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Joe Cipollone of Ventec Life Systems explains the company's critical care ventilator to General Motors employees who will be helping to produce the ventilators at a GM plant in Kokomo, Ind., on Friday.
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Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, discussed one of the models used to estimate potential deaths from coronavirus in U.S. during a briefing Tuesday.
Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, March 10th, 2020.
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More than 20 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, including at least five deaths. The nursing facility is about 90 miles west of Boston.
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Aetna was the first insurer to announce its plan to help shield patients with COVID-19 from high medical bills. But out-of-network charges and other surprise bills remain a risk, say advocates for patients.
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With the coronavirus outbreak taking hold in the U.S., thousands of flights have been canceled — but on Sunday, there were still 2,800 planes in the air, according to aviation site Flightradar.com
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