HEALTH

For months, a mysterious group called “Doctor Patient Unity” has targeted U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, in a steady barrage of social media ads encouraging him to oppose bipartisan legislation to end surprise medical bills.At the end of last week, The New York Times reported that two private equity-backed...
NORFOLK — State, local and mental health officials – led by Gov. Ralph Northam – broke ground Tuesday on a $224 million hospital to treat children and teenagers who suffer from mental illness. It’s a population that now struggles to find services across Virginia because of a dearth of such...
By Karen S. Rheuban, M.D.Remote patient monitoring may not ring a bell to most but, then again, neither did the term MRI before the mid-1990s.Much like the groundbreaking impact that medical-imaging technologies such as MRI and CT scans have had on patient diagnostics, RPM has the potential to revolutionize...
At this point, most people have either gotten stuck with a surprise medical bill they thought would be covered by their health insurance or know someone who has.And during a two-and-a-half-hour hearing on the issue before the State Corporation Commission on Thursday, Judge Mark Christie made clear he falls...
The Virginia Board of Health is considering rolling back strict rules surrounding certain types of abortion, a move advocates hope would expand access to the procedure, particularly in rural parts of the state.New regulations under review distinguish surgical and medication-only abortions for the first time, exempting providers of medication-only...
Three cases of a severe lung illness associated with vaping have been reported in Virginia, the state Health Department reported Monday in a warning about the risks of e-cigarettes.As of last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had identified 193 potential cases of the vaping-related lung illness...
There’s a great line in 2014’s "Godzilla" that I thought about during the last Democratic debate, as the candidates turned to health care. To set the scene, humanity’s had a pretty bad day, which is kind of standard in Godzilla movies.We just found out that earth was home to...
Inmates at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women weren’t particularly surprised when Margie Ryder died last month.Sad, yes. But sick inmates at Fluvanna die with frequency.In 2016, a judge approved a settlement of a lawsuit brought by inmates alleging medical care at the facility was so poor it violated inmates’...
In 2017, Virginia passed a law allowing some localities to launch needle exchange programs, an attempt to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like hepatitis C and HIV.But it came with a hitch: the law is due to sunset in 2020.The Virginia Department of Health's goal was to collect...
With more than 300,000 people now enrolled, a new poll shows that a large majority of Virginians approve of Medicaid expansion.The poll — commissioned by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy — found that 71 percent of the 800 Virginians polled approved...