ER Doctors Call Private Equity Staffing Practices Illegal and Seek to Ban Them

A group of emergency physicians and consumer advocates in multiple states are pushing for stiffer enforcement of decades-old statutes that prohibit the ownership of medical practices by corporations not owned by licensed doctors.

Thirty-three states plus the District of Columbia have rules on their books against the so-called corporate practice of medicine. But over the years, critics say, companies have successfully sidestepped bans on owning medical practices by buying or establishing local staffing groups that are nominally owned by doctors and restricting the physicians’ authority so they have no direct control.

These laws and regulations, which started appearing nearly a century ago, were meant to fight the commercialization of medicine, maintain the independence and authority of physicians, and prioritize the doctor-patient relationship over the interests of investors and shareholders.

Those campaigning for stiffer enforcement of the laws say that physician-staffing firms owned by private equity investors are

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: Getting Insurance to Pay for Oral Surgery Is Like Pulling Teeth

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Health coverage generally does not cover dental work. But Susan Rice of Atlanta should have been the exception: She was hit by a speeding car, causing extensive damage to her own “grill.” She’s been fighting to get her oral surgery covered for 18 months and counting.

The “An Arm and a Leg” podcast connected Rice with University of South Carolina law professor Jacqueline Fox, who, when she was practicing law, fought insurers on behalf of patients. Fox said Rice has “done everything right.” Her insurer’s refusal to pay may be tied to a bigger problem in the Affordable Care Act marketplace … one that’s led to a class-action lawsuit. 

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: The Year in Review, From Prenatal Testing to Insulin Pricing

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In this year’s final episode, the editorial team behind the “An Arm and a Leg” podcast looks back on the stories from 2022 that hit close to home, including insulin pricing, surprise billing, and prenatal testing. Then, host Dan Weissmann shares updates on two court cases.

“An Arm and a Leg” is a co-production of KHN and Public Road Productions.

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Health ServicesMillersville University Health Services is dedicated to making sure a healthy residing and learning surroundings at Millersville University. Academic success and personal development can only be enhanced by means of a wholesome campus neighborhood. Health Services is dedicated to providers that promote wholesome life-style selections, preventative medication, and health training.

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Inmigrantes detenidos en centros enfrentan riesgo de covid como al inicio de la pandemia

LUMPKIN, Ga. — En octubre, Yibran Ramirez-Cecena no le dijo al personal del Centro de Detención de Stewart que tenía tos y secreción nasal. Está detenido en la instalación del suroeste de Georgia desde mayo, y ocultó sus síntomas por temor a que lo pusieran en confinamiento solitario si daba positivo para covid-19.

“Honestamente, no quería pasar 10 días solo en una habitación, lo llaman el agujero”, dijo Ramírez-Cecena, quien espera que decidan si es deportado a México o puede permanecer en los Estados Unidos, en donde ha vivido por más de dos décadas.

Poco antes de que Ramírez-Cecena se enfermara, los funcionarios del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) de la instalación le negaron su solicitud de alta médica. Es VIH positivo, que según la lista de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades es una afección que puede aumentar el riesgo de enfermar

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