A new study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine warns that health care providers may be experiencing increased burnout due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cleveland Clinic anesthesiologist and study co-author Dr. Praveen Chahar said provider burnout isn’t new, but dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused even more stress.

“One of the biggest reasons of increased stress in healthcare providers was a fear of getting infected themselves and a fear of infecting their loved ones,” he said.

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The coronavirus crisis has upended much of the economy, including the health care system.

Local hospitals saw a double financial hit from both the expense of ramping up the response along with the loss of revenue from elective surgery and other cancellations.

Thomas Campanella teaches the business of health care at Baldwin Wallace University.

A group of Ohio State University medical students will graduate early this month in order to help patients in the continuing coronavirus pandemic. 

As hospitals seek donations of medical personal protective equipment (PPEs), employees at a local 3D printing business are hoping they can help.

MakerGear in Beachwood, which manufactures 3D printers for schools and businesses across the country, is open to requests from health care providers.

CEO Rick Pollack said the company is preparing to use its in-house printers to make medical protective equipment. They’ve already produced parts for plastic face shields.

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A health finance expert warns Ohio consumers about a new healthcare product hitting the market.

AARP is testing out a new branded short-term care insurance option provided by Medico Insurance Co. Ohio is among 17 states where it is available to buy.

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Some Ohioans who rely on copay assistance programs to help with expensive medications are finding that their insurance companies are no longer allowing those payments to apply to their deductibles. Two lawmakers are hoping their bill will stop that.

The situation hits people with chronic and complex illnesses very hard, because their meds cost tens of thousands of dollars and there’s usually no generic equivalent.  State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) has a son with hemophilia. She isn’t a sponsor, but supports the bill.

There are about 20,000 children and adults in the Greater Akron area with autism. Now, Cleveland Clinic Akron General is specifically working to accommodate adults on the spectrum. For one doctor, these changes are personal.

Dr. William Lanzinger is a hand surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the board chairman of the Autism Society of Greater Akron.

But he’s also a father.

“From a parent perspective, any time there is any accommodation done for my son, I would say I am very grateful,” Lanzinger said.

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Northeast Ohio Medical University’s new president is no stranger to innovation.

Dr. John Langell is not only a surgeon, he’s an inventor with more than a dozen patents.

Langell’s last job, before taking the reins last month at NEOMED, was head of the University of Utah’s Center for Medical Innovation.

We joined Langell in a tour of NEOMED’s newest expansion.

Figuring out America’s healthcare system can be hard for anyone. It can be especially challenging for refugees, who often face significant language and cultural barriers. But one group is trying to bridge that gap by training refugees as health navigators in their own communities.


 A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says 2 million Ohioans are at risk of losing their health insurance if the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act succeeds. People with pre-existing conditions are particularly vulnerable.

But Senator Sherrod Brown says that’s not all.  


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Northeast Ohio is facing a labor shortage. That’s according to a report from Team NEO analyzing supply and demand in Northeast Ohio’s labor Market.

Team NEO’s Vice President of Strategy and Research Jacob Duritsky said the demand for health care, nursing and manufacturing jobs outweighs the number of qualified people entering the workforce.

“In those key sectors of the economy, we aren’t pushing enough students out of our programs into those fields where really good opportunity exists,” Duritsky said.

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The Ohio Senate’s budget plan adds more money to the fund that helps children who are dealing with severe mental and developmental issues. But the changes include a policy shift that helps parents maintain custody of their children in the process.

The Senate heard the testimony of several parents who were forced to give up their kids to get state-paid treatment.

Senate Finance Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) said their budget will change the rules to avoid child custody relinquishment.

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Heroin users in Ohio can have a harder time getting treatment when on Medicaid. Researchers from Harvard University posed as heroin users and called over 100 clinics throughout Ohio.

At a pediatric clinic in Kirksville, Mo., a young boy is waiting in an exam room to be vaccinated. A nurse explains the shots to his mother, and Lisette Chibanvunya translates.

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Ohioans who do not qualify for Medicaid may be receiving less health care than those who do.

A new study from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine found that middle to low income Ohioans who don’t qualify for Medicaid often can’t afford adequate health insurance.

The study’s senior author, Siran Koroukian, says people who cannot afford to visit the doctor may put it off – ultimately worsening their medical issues.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Talks Taxes, Healthcare

Feb 15, 2019
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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, the subject of much speculation for the 2020 presidential election, took time to chat with WKSU about some of his priorities this week.  The issues included relief for the middle class and healthcare access.

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Legislation Brown is proposing would end the Trump administration’s tax cuts for higher-income Americans – because, Brown says, the tax policy just isn’t trickling down.

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People suffering from addiction have a new online tool that can help them find the treatment they need right away.

The website, called DrugHelp.Care, is updated daily by healthcare providers with how many treatment beds are available.

One of the site's creators who is an associate professor at Cleveland State University, Patty Stoddard-Dare, says the site is already making a huge difference in how patients receive the care they need.

Lt. Gov. Candidate Sutton Visits Her Alma Mater

Oct 31, 2018
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The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor made a stop at Kent State University Wednesday to talk about healthcare, women’s rights and student debt.

Betty Sutton, who graduated from the university, held a meet and greet for students and community members. Sutton said her campaign will stand up for students when it comes to dealing with the growing problem of student debt.

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Donald Trump won Ohio’s 14th Congressional District by 11 points in 2016, which is one reason why the Republican-leaning district should not be “in play” this year. But it is.


David Cohen of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron says Ohio is gerrymandered in a way that favors Republicans, who control 12 of the 16 congressional districts. Yet, he says the northeast corner of Ohio is not a lock for the GOP.

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Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown hasn’t decided whether he will vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee for VA  secretary. The Ohio Democrat sits on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs committee, which could hold hearings on Dr. Ronny Jackson’s nomination as early as next week. Brown met with Jackson Tuesday to discuss attempts to privatize health care for veterans. 

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A Democratic lawmaker is pushing for more hearings on her bill that would guarantee insurance coverage on emergency room visits. The representative says picking and choosing what to pay for creates dangerous situations. 

Rep. Alicia Reece says Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is rolling back what it covers for ER visits. She says that gets people second guessing symptoms.

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Community health center representatives from across Ohio were on Capitol Hill Tuesday asking Congress to renew the Health Centers Fund. It covers 70 percent of their federal funding, which expired at the end of September.

Asian Services in Action has started planning for cuts if its federal funding runs out this month. The group runs two community health centers in Cleveland and Akron. They provide care for Ohioans on Medicaid and those without insurance.

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Note:  This story was originally published before the vote by the Massillon City Council on the Affinity Hospital agreement.  It was subesquently updated to include the outcome of that vote.

Massillon City Council  met in special session Thursday night to approve a settlement in the dispute over Affinity Medical Center’s closing.   By unanimous vote, it said yes to the deal.


The GOP tax plan isn't done yet, but tax-policy experts are already predicting benefits for Ohio manufacturers.

Economists always hedge a little when it comes to predicting the future. 

Mark Sniderman is a former policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. What he is willing to say is, “I see some benefits from the tax reform over the next couple of years, but then I see those benefits kind of gradually fading out."

Bernie Sanders Rallies Opponents of GOP Tax Plan in Akron

Dec 3, 2017
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Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders made two stops in Ohio over the weekend as part of his "Protecting Working Families Tour" to condemn the GOP tax plan that passed the Senate early Saturday morning.

Former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner addressed a crowd in downtown Akron Saturday night before Bernie Sanders took the stage. That followed another joint appearance in Dayton and a livestream address by Sanders to a crowd in Louisville, Ky.