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The LA Times goes deep on superbug outbreak

Strong reporting spurs FDA response. But there’s more to do on the patient safety beat.

Go beyond finger-pointing and look for systemic failures. This advice to journalists on the patient safety beat, from health policy... More

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How Indiana journalists can tell the full story of healthcare reform

To cover a changing Medicaid program, get up close to the people it’s supposed to serve

Here are two big questions hovering over the Affordable Care Act in the coming weeks: Will the 22 states that... More

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How reporters can improve coverage of medical errors

Harvard School of Public Health’s Dr. Ashish Jha discusses public awareness of patient safety

How safe are patients in America's hospitals? For healthcare reporters, tackling this critical question has always represented a significant challenge.... More

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What reporters can learn from the Partners Healthcare ruling

The story of healthcare prices and hospital consolidation is far from over

Last week, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge ended the efforts of Partners Healthcare, the state's gigantic health system, to acquire... More

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The human costs of not expanding Medicaid

A New York Times column and a Guardian essay offer neglected perspective on dollar-sign objections to expansion

Eduardo Porter's New York Times column last Wednesday, "The Costs of Stinginess In Medicaid," is a provocative reminder there are... More

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Why did CoOportunity fail?

The insurance co-op’s struggles raise questions about the efforts to foster competition

Just before Christmas, Iowa’s top insurance regulator announced he was taking control of CoOportunity Health, one of the 23 non-profit... More

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A closer look at the safety of FDA approved drugs

What reporters should pursue following the Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today’s drug investigations

John Fauber's latest stories in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are must-reads for anyone who uses medications and wants to know... More

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Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision

A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

Thanks in part to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the rollback of banking regulations woven into the recently-passed, so-called "crominbus" spending bill... More

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The New York Times on making do in retirement

Floyd Norris’ excellent column about pensions also provides a warning about healthcare

In a Friday New York Times column, Floyd Norris presented a pretty bleak picture for the future of retirement in... More

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How to report on Medicaid in 2015

Health Affairs editor-in-chief Alan Weil examines what’s ahead

Tom Wilemon’s great Medicaid coverage for The Tennessean—including his report last week that Tennessee’s Medicaid budget could be cut by... More

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Vox performs a checkup on Sovaldi

Sarah Kliff delivers a much-needed piece on the $1,000 pill

Score one for Vox.com! The website’s article earlier this week about the costly hepatitis C drug Sovaldi is one I’ve... More

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The Tennessean pushes for better healthcare

How one reporter helps readers see the effect of government policy on real people

Readers of Tom Wilemon's recent stories in The Tennessean could easily conclude Tennessee has once again declared war on... More

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How to report the narrow-network story

Unpacking a key issue of the new health insurance landscape

Before the second season of open enrollment on the health insurance exchanges began, I suggested six angles for reporters covering... More

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The Boston Globe finally digs in to a big story

Recent standout coverage of a hospital expansion fight makes up for a patch of weaker reporting

The Boston Globe has, at last, dug into the big business-of-healthcare story in its state. In an important article earlier... More

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Reporters shouldn’t overlook this aspect of Obamacare

Six tips for reporters looking to clarify subsidy reconciliation

As healthcare reporters begin to focus on Obamacare open enrollment, one major, but overlooked issue comes to mind. That's the... More

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How did local TV cover California’s Prop 45?

A quick look at the good and not-so-good from two local stations

Almost lost in the aftermath of last week’s midterm elections was the defeat of California’s Prop 45, a ballot initiative... More

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The ‘unmitigated disaster’ of Obamacare in Mississippi

Sarah Varney and Jeffrey Hess report the heck out of a grim, ominous healthcare story

Occasionally, I come across a truly exceptional story about the Affordable Care Act. A CJR laurel is in order... More

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6 ways reporters can cover Obamacare open enrollment

Journalists need to make sure people understand how to use the law and to point out where it falls short

As we head into the second Obamacare open enrollment season, the media have a chance to redeem themselves from last... More

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Three Social Security issues that need more discussion

As program becomes a campaign topic again, reporters need to provide context and scrutiny

This has been an election season without a dominant theme. All of a sudden, though, Social Security, once considered an... More

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What hospital data can tell us about how communities care for the elderly

High readmission rates might be a signal of shaky social supports

Last year, in a piece for The Nation about hunger among the elderly, I wrote this:  Malnutrition is one of... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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