Barbara Feder Ostrov, Kaiser Health News

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Name: Barbara Feder Ostrov, Kaiser Health News
Date registered: October 13, 2017
URL: https://khn.org

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  1. With Medical Safety Gear Scarce, The Public Is Stepping Up. Here’s Help On Ways To Help. — March 23, 2020
  2. In Face Of Coronavirus, Many Hospitals Cancel On-Site Training For Nursing And Med Students — March 17, 2020
  3. 5 Things To Know As California Starts Screening Children For Toxic Stress — January 8, 2020
  4. Nursing Home Safety Violations Put Residents At Risk, Report Finds — November 14, 2019
  5. California Hospitals And Nursing Homes Brace For Wildfire Blackouts — September 11, 2019

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With Medical Safety Gear Scarce, The Public Is Stepping Up. Here’s Help On Ways To Help.

If you or your company have useful supplies and want to donate them, here are some answers to questions you might be asking.

In Face Of Coronavirus, Many Hospitals Cancel On-Site Training For Nursing And Med Students

Hospitals and nursing homes say they are acting to protect students and patients, but nursing educators worry the pipeline of new nurses could be slowed at a time when they may be needed most. Some doctors in training have also seen their clinical rotations canceled.

5 Things To Know As California Starts Screening Children For Toxic Stress

California now will pay pediatricians to screen Medi-Cal patients for traumatic events known as adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. The program is based on research showing that children who endure chronic stress have an increased risk of developing serious health problems. Here are five things to know about the new program.

Nursing Home Safety Violations Put Residents At Risk, Report Finds

A federal audit of 19 California nursing homes released today found hundreds of violations of safety and emergency standards, putting vulnerable nursing home residents at increased risk of injury or death during a wildfire or other disaster.

California Hospitals And Nursing Homes Brace For Wildfire Blackouts

Facing billions of dollars in legal claims for the role its equipment has played in a spate of deadly wildfires, California utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric plans to step up efforts to cut power to broad regions of the state during high-risk weather conditions. The potential for prolonged blackouts has prompted disaster preparations by hospitals, nursing homes and home care providers.

Modern Wildfires Pose New Health Risks For Firefighters

Studies long have linked urban firefighters’ on-the-job exposure to toxins with an increased risk of cancer. More recently, as urban-style development reaches into once remote stretches of California’s mountains and forests, wildfire crews are exposed to fuels and carcinogens more typical of urban fires. We talk with Tony Stefani of the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation about the health risks that poses for firefighters.

State Broadens Investigation Of Doctors For Issuing Questionable Vaccination Exemptions

The Medical Board of California is investigating at least four doctors for issuing questionable vaccine exemptions for numerous children. The investigations come amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak in more than a quarter-century.

Exemptions Surge As Parents And Doctors Do ‘Hail Mary’ Around Vaccine Laws

In California, medical exemptions to skip childhood vaccinations are on the rise. The trend underlines how hard it is to get parents to comply with vaccination laws meant to protect public safety when a small but adamant population of families and physicians seems determined to resist.

More States Say Doctors Must Offer Overdose Reversal Drug Along With Opioids

In an emerging new tactic against the rising toll of opioid deaths, California, Ohio, Virginia and Arizona are among the states requiring physicians to offer patients naloxone when they give them prescriptions for the powerful painkillers. The Food and Drug Administration is weighing a national recommendation to do so.

Patients Suffer When Health Care Behemoths Quarrel Over Contracts

The latest example is Sutter Health and Anthem Blue Cross, whose failure to seal a deal is causing Anthem members to worry they may not have access to one of the dominant hospital chains in Northern California. Across the U.S., the stakes in such contract fights have risen, as health systems and insurers battle to increase their market share.

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