HEALTH

Third and fourth-year medical students at Virginia Commonwealth University came back from winter break expecting to resume clinical rounds, a key part of their curriculum that allows students to take a hands-on role in patient care.Instead, at a Jan. 1 meeting, faculty from the medical school’s Office of Student...
For the past 15 years, Virginia’s naturopathic doctors have been on a quest for licensure by the state’s Department of Health Professions — a step that’s been taken by 23 other states and would allow them to diagnose and treat patients like many other medical providers.That goal has brought...
Tucked away in the 750-page revised budget Gov. Ralph Northam presented last month is a single line that his administration says would guarantee that transgender enrollees in Virginia’s expanded Medicaid program have access to gender-affirming care.“This is an important equity issue and a critical part of making our commonwealth...
By Katie Platz and Hannah Adams Ten months ago, many people might not have known what telehealth was let alone visited with their health care provider through their phone or computer screen. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Virginians have now seen their doctor online. It is now...
Only a third of workers at the largest service industry employers in Virginia have access to paid sick leave, according to a report by researchers at Harvard’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and the University of California San Francisco.Advocacy groups, who hope the finding will propel the General...
WASHINGTON — The bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill that Congress is rushing to complete before the end of the year is poised to include a fix for a vaccine allocation mismatch that could affect health care workers from Virginia and Maryland who commute to jobs in the District of Columbia.U.S....
As COVID-19 infections continue to surge across Virginia, the state’s Department of Health released new guidelines to prioritize contact tracing for cases most likely to fuel transmission.Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver announced the recommendations in a letter to health care providers on Monday, writing that “substantial levels” of...
Over the past few days, Virginia has reached a grim milestone: more patients hospitalized for COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic.Those numbers are rising across the state with increases reported in each of Virginia’s five health regions, according to data from the state Department of Health....
Gov. Ralph Northam is hoping that all Virginians might be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-summer. But as state leaders prepare for a largely unprecedented rollout, it’s clear that scarcity will inform at least the first few weeks of vaccine distribution.Health officials outlined the state’s coalescing approach in two meetings...
Jess Reingold, a web project manager who lives in Alexandria, has lots of ideas for Virginia’s COVIDWISE app, which was the first software system in the nation to alert users if they’ve had a close contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.“There isn’t much to see or do in...