Rae Ellen Bichell, NPR

Rae Ellen Bichell

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Longmont, CO, United States

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Recent:
  • NPR
Past:
  • Kaiser Health News
  • Scientific American
  • CaliforniaHealthline
  • STAT
  • High Country News
  • KUNC
  • WBUR
  • PRI
  • KUOW
  • WFAE

Recent articles by Rae Ellen:

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Patient satisfaction surveys fail to track how well hospitals treat people of color

The health care industry is obsessed with consumer satisfaction. But national patient surveys still don't get at an important question: Are hospitals delivering culturally competent care? → Read More

Trump’s Legacy Looms Large as Colorado Aims to Close the Hispanic Insurance Gap

Hispanic residents have long been among the least likely to have health insurance — in Colorado and across the country — in part because of unauthorized immigrants. The state is expanding coverage … → Read More

Race Is Often Used as Medical Shorthand for How Bodies Work. Some Doctors Want to Change That.

Physicians have long believed it’s good medicine to consider race in health care. But recently, rather than perpetuate the myth that race governs how bodies function, a more nuanced approach has em… → Read More

Grassroots Groups Lead Way on Closing Colorado’s Infant Mortality Gap

Colorado is among about 15 states that have met federal goals to reduce infant mortality, an important indicator of overall population health. Breaking down the data by race and ethnicity, though, … → Read More

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Colorado braces to become refuge for abortion access if 'Roe' is weakened

If Roe v. Wade falters, Colorado will be nearly surrounded by a sea of anti-abortion states. The state is bracing for impact from out-of-state residents, while lawmakers cement abortion protections. → Read More

Colorado Doubles Down on Abortion Rights as Other States — And the High Court — Reconsider

The Supreme Court is expected to overturn or weaken “Roe v. Wade.” If that happens, Colorado may become an abortion-access island, nearly surrounded by a sea of anti-abortion states. The state is b… → Read More

The NFL Has Been Using an Unproven Measure to Get Players With Covid Back on the Field Fast

Doctors and scientists are debating whether a little-known measure in covid testing should be used to distinguish who is infectious from who isn’t. The NFL adopted the practice, but laboratory prof… → Read More

Making COVID Tests Better at Detecting Infectious People

Scientists are debating whether to use a little-known measure to determine who is truly contagious. The NFL is already using it → Read More

It’s Day 6 of Covid, and a Rapid Antigen Test Comes Back Positive. Stay Home, Say Virologists.

Say you’re on Day 6 — or 8 or 10 — of a symptomatic covid infection, and a rapid antigen test comes back positive. Could the test just be detecting bits and pieces of dead virus? If you’re a petri … → Read More

Nurses in Crisis Over Covid Dig In for Better Work Conditions

In tough labor negotiations across the nation, here’s what nurses don’t want: “appreciation that is lip service,” “marketing campaigns” and “shiny new buildings.” And this year might well pro… → Read More

With Federal Covid Sick Leave Gone, Workers Feel Pressure to Show Up at Work

National paid sick leave provisions for covid expired, and an uncertain covid winter is around the corner. Los Angeles and Oakland are among the places trying to fill the gap, but many employees st… → Read More

A Covid Head-Scratcher: Why Lice Lurk Despite Physical Distancing

With kids back in school, business is picking back up for professional nitpickers. But how are kids getting head lice if they’re physically distancing in the classroom? → Read More

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Pandemic or no, kids are still getting — and spreading — head lice

With kids back in school, business is picking back up for professional delousers. But how are kids getting head lice if they're physically distancing in the classroom? → Read More

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A hospital hiked the price of their healthy baby's birth by calling it an 'emergency'

"Obstetrical emergency departments" are a new aspect of some hospitals that can inflate medical bills for even the easiest, healthiest births. Just ask baby Gus's parents about their $2,755 ER charge. → Read More

How Billing Turns a Routine Birth Into a High-Cost Emergency

“Obstetrical emergency departments” are a new feature in some hospitals that can inflate medical bills for even the easiest, healthiest births. Just ask the parents of Baby Gus. → Read More

Covid Testing, Turnaround Times Are Still Uneven This Far Into Pandemic

The availability of covid testing and turnaround times for results still vary widely around the country, some 19 months since the pandemic was declared a national crisis. A jumbled testing system, … → Read More

A Colorado Town Is About as Vaccinated as It Can Get. Covid Still Isn’t Over There.

San Juan County, Colorado, is one of the most vaccinated counties in the U.S. Leaders across the country continue to expound on the vaccine as the path forward in the pandemic. But San Juan’s exper… → Read More

A Colorado Town Is About as Vaccinated as It Can Get. Covid Still Isn’t Over There.

San Juan County, Colorado, is one of the most vaccinated counties in the U.S. Leaders across the country continue to expound on the vaccine as the path forward in the pandemic. But San Juan’s exper… → Read More

To some parents, schools without masks are like Russian roulette

A Tulane epidemiologist views a Covid outbreak in Colorado as a warning shot, showing high spread of the Delta variant among schoolchildren. → Read More

School or ‘Russian Roulette’? Amid Delta Variant and Lax Mask Rules, Some Parents See No Difference

Students in many places are starting the new school year with their masks off — even in one Colorado county that was one of the nation’s first delta variant hot spots. → Read More