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Sending an online message to your doctor is easier than scheduling an appointment. But starting Thursday, the Cleveland Clinic will begin billing patients’ insurance for messages that take at least five minutes for a health care provider to answer.
The decision sparked an enthusiastic response from the clinic’s patients, cleveland net readers, many of whom have come to rely on this communication.
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Outpatient Information: Cleveland Clinic’s decision to start charging patients for certain messages it sends to its providers is either a money grab or a logical business decision to compensate doctors for their time. Clinic patients, health experts and patient advocates offered mixed opinions Tuesday about the policy change, which appears to be rare or at the forefront of the new billing policy in Ohio’s hospital system, reports Julie Washington.
in ohio today: Lawyers for disgraced Ohio House Speaker Larry Household are asking a judge to bar a trove of evidence in his federal corruption trial because, well, it could be incriminating. We talk about the audacity of Householder’s latest legal action on cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast, Today in Ohio.
Amy SchneiderWASHINGTON: ‘Jeopardy’ superstar Amy Schneider will testify today at a legislative hearing in Ohio against a bill that would bar those under 18 from getting puberty-blocking drugs, hormone therapy and surgery to change sex bill. Laura Hancock reports that Schneider, a native Ohio transgender woman, will testify against House Bill 454 along with representatives from Ohio Equality.
text and drive: Governor’s Legislative Crackdown. Mike DeWine has been calling for drivers who text behind the wheel to get through the Ohio convention again after more than a year of delays. Legislation passed by the House Criminal Justice Committee on a bipartisan basis Tuesday could pass the full session as early as today, Jake Zuckerman reports.
opioids: Walmart has agreed to pay the state of Ohio $114 million as part of a preliminary nationwide settlement to resolve allegations that the retail giant recklessly distributed opioid prescription painkillers, Jeremy Pelzer reports . The money is part of a proposed $3.1 billion deal to settle thousands of opioid lawsuits from across the country.
Burke Lake: If Cleveland considers what to do with Burke Lakefront Airport, most Greater Clevelanders say the airport should remain open. Robert Higgs reports in a Baldwin Wallace/cleveland.com poll conducted between Oct. 10-12. Between July 7 and October 18, 54.2% of respondents said that airports should “definitely” or “probably” remain open.
police reformWASHINGTON: Mayor Justin Bibb on Tuesday picked the first leader of a newly formed team that will oversee the city’s efforts on police reform. Leigh Anderson will lead the new police accountability team, which is expected to work with city employees to help the city comply with the terms of a 2015 consent decree the city signed with the U.S. Department of Justice, Molly Walsh reports. , to enforce constitutional law and order for the city.
porch pirate: As holiday shopping begins, police are working to prevent theft from stores and front doors, Molly Walsh reports. Mentor Police plan to again use undercover officers and GPS tracking devices placed in “bait boxes” to catch criminals.
Deshaun Watson: Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has purchased a $5.395 million Hunting Valley home that spans 17,000 square feet and includes its own fitness center, theater, pool, tennis and volleyball courts on 5.8 acres, reports Zachary Smith .
most expensive house: Ravencrest, Northeast Ohio’s largest and most expensive home, is on the market for $15 million, Joey Morona reports. The Tudor manor took five years and cost $30 million to build for real estate developer Scott Wolstein.
corey barron: Cleveland police’s use of scientific testing helped change the course of the investigation into the 2014 death of Cory Barron, who dumped trash from Progressive Field during a country music concert Groove fell to his death from the fifth floor. Molly Walsh reports that the Lorraine County Coroner’s verdict in Baron’s death was reversed after investigators uncovered more evidence and tested others using methods that were not available when Barron died more than eight years ago. Instead he killed.
frank jackson: A member of the ruthless felony gang that helped plot the murder of the grandson of then-Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in September 2021 was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday, Cory Shaffer reports. Robert Shepard, 30, was not present when a masked gunman fired seven bullets into the body of 24-year-old Frank Jackson on Sept. 30. 19, 2021.
Kent State LitigationWASHINGTON: Kent State University illegally rescinded promotions to qualified professors based on gender identity, according to a federal discrimination lawsuit filed Monday in Akron, John Tucker reports. GPat Patterson, an assistant professor in Kent State’s English department, accused the university of engaging in “sabotage” by reneging on a promise to promote them to leadership positions.
circle festival: Annual holiday celebration presented by University Circle Inc. A host of family-friendly activities will be held at Wade Oval, including ice skating, horse-drawn carriages, shopping at the outdoor holiday market and more to help usher in the holiday season. Alexis Oatman reports that this will be CircleFest’s final year in its current form.
bundt taste: Essentially, any flavor cake can be a Bundt; its distinctive shape gives it its name—taken from the Bundt pan. Brenda Cain and Yadi Rodriguez make the top 10 of Nothing Bundt Cakes for National Bundt Cake Day.
holiday market: Get holiday gifts, treats and decorations from local artisans and artisans. Paris Wolfe lists the markets that are open every weekend from November 1st. 18-Dec. 27 throughout Northeast Ohio, plus rewards like food trucks, visits from Santa and Mr. Jingle, skate, and more.
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