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Cost Curve: How hospitals don’t help

Laurels to two reporters for digging into how some hospitals and doctor groups are raising the national healthcare bill

Two reporters on the hospital beat deserve a Laurel for recent work--both for taking a hard look at how... More

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Exchange Watch: Are New Yorkers getting a bargain?

The state announces a big win on health policy prices, but a closer look is in order

Hallelujah! New York's insurance exchange--kept under wraps for months by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo--has finally brought forth... More

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Exchange Watch: No drama in Vermont’s insurance rates

The AP reported the Green Mountain State’s rate announcement, but not the broader story

Last week, Vermont's Green Mountain Care Board, an independent body created by the legislature to approve benefit plans and rates... More

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Flash: this new drug is not so new

Disappointing coverage of Brisdelle, the hot flash drug, misses a chance to expose one of Big Pharma’s oldest tricks

It seems we are going soft on Pharma these days, if coverage of the FDA marketing clearance of the drug... More

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The Obamacare ad wars begin

An opening salvo from conservatives scores low on honesty, and some reporters have noticed

Competition for the hearts and minds of the voters in 2014 has begun with a bang--the opening salvo in... More

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Covering Obamacare: a bit of bad advice

Explaining how to get insurance? Yes, please. Enrolling people? Not your job

Last week a story appeared on the website of the Association of Health Care Journalists that reported on a... More

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Surprise? Employer mandate delayed

A laurel to Politico for strong coverage of the latest plot twist in the healthcare reform story

The Obama administration's just-before-July 4 surprise--postponing for a year the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate--generated a ton of news... More

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Exchange Watch: Ohio insurance redux

A shout-out to The Plain Dealer

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the Ohio press--as well as some writers for national outlets--had fallen for the... More

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Obamacare’s Forgotten Faces

The Medicaid debacle and other tales

To their credit, some members of the media have begun examining the plight of those who will still be... More

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Open wide

Critics and boosters alike agree that the full implementation of Obamacare will be complicated and nerve-wracking for some people. Here’s how journalists can help.

Much of healthcare journalism is about policy choices and the debates that shape them. The full implementation of Obamacare, however,... More

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Journalists’ guide to clinical guidelines

Reporters may get more than they bargain for when they rely on clinical practice guidelines as sources

We may all be in trouble if, as he suggests in a recent New York Times op-ed, Dr. Jerry Avorn... More

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Exchange Watch: What’s going on with New York?

So far, the public has gotten assurances about New York’s insurance exchange, but not much to chew on

It's fair to say there has been coverage of the new health insurance shopping exchanges. From California and Oregon came... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Cost cutting? We can’t have that!

Medical device makers flex their lobbying muscles

A classic healthcare-lobbying story is in the making--a shootout between the government and the medical device industry over cost... More

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The missing villain in the healthcare drama

When it comes to rising costs, what about hospital consolidation? A shout-out to Eduardo Porter for pointing that out

Eduardo Porter, the New York Times economics columnist, deserves a shout-out for his column last Wednesday challenging a meme... More

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Exchange Watch: The ongoing game of Spin the Rates

This time it’s Ohio, and the result is a phony tale about rising premiums

First came the good news from the West Coast about how Obamacare will be lowering premiums for individuals shopping... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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