In the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, there’s a scene where one of the supervisors, Dyatlov, is told there has been a breach of the nuclear reactor. When he hears that their radiation detectors are maxing out at 3.6 Roetgen, he casually responds, “3.6 Roetgen ... not great ... not terrible.” He was obviously wrong. The United States is currently in a 3.6 Roetgen moment with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We ...

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With August recess at a close, Congress has yet to find a solution to end balance (or "surprise") billing, where patients are charged the remainder of their medical bill for out-of-network (OON) expenses not reimbursed by their health plan. About the only compromise for-profit health insurers, hospitals, and physician groups can agree on is that patients should be taken out of the middle, but they can't agree on how. Physician groups ...

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