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Exchange Watch: California Dreaming

Low healthcare premiums on the West Coast were trumpeted as a big, good-news Obamacare story. But: “Compared to what?”

In mid-May, The Spokesman-Review in Spokane trumpeted some good news for Obamacare, reporting that "Health insurance next year will cover... More

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The scoop on workplace wellness

A Laurel to Sharon Begley of Reuters for not burying the lead on workplace health incentives—a RAND study that seriously questions their impact

For her exclusive coverage of a RAND study revealing the lackluster performance of workplace wellness programs--both on employees' health... More

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New light on the emergency room

A RAND study finds that the ER is not such a healthcare-spending villain after all

Yes, I know we don't like "study sez" stories; that is unless they trumpet a new cancer drug or a... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Who should pay? Who can pay?

A shout-out to Marketwatch for a thorough report that challenges the “skin-in-the-game” theory

Elizabeth O'Brien's May 15 Marketwatch piece on proposed changes for Medicare is one of the best I have seen since... More

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The insanity of hospital pricing

The academics are wrong and the press is right: wildly varying healthcare billing is a very big deal

Last week's release of the wildly varying prices that hospitals charge Medicare may no longer be news du jour, but... More

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Untangling Obamacare: What’s behind the rate increases?

To report on rising premiums you need to understand them. A primer for reporters

Rate hikes just keep coming. The latest we've heard about come from Blue Cross Blue Shield in North Carolina, which... More

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Keeping it chronic

Local coverage explores ways to keep ‘super-users’ out of the hospital, driving costs down and outcomes up

The emergency department (ED) is not only the most inappropriate and expensive place to deliver primary healthcare, it's a gateway... More

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Untangling Obamacare: Rate shock!?

Understanding the direction of insurance premiums is not easy, let alone explaining it. But…

Covering Obamacare poses big challenges for journalists, from piercing government spin and deciphering GOP rhetoric to unraveling and simplifying... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Figuring out the president’s plan

An Associated Press story offers more fog than sunshine

You have to give the AP an A for effort, for at least trying to tell its huge audience... More

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On Plan B: a Dart for Dr. Manny

A physician toes the party line on emergency contraceptives, and science takes a hit

Leave it to Fox News Channel's Dr. Manny (Alvarez) to scare the audience away from open and honest discussion... More

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Big Pharma’s army of messengers

A campaign to kill a drug discount

As we report in a companion piece here on CJR.org--"Medicare uncovered: What's not on the table"--the president's budget proposal,... More

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Medicare Uncovered: What’s not on the table

Negotiating the price of drugs would save billions. Why don’t we talk about it?

The leaks from the White House and the circulation of pre-budget talking points on Friday made it clear that fixes... More

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Covering an Obamacare clawback: better late than never

The Associated Press discovers an overlooked story

What Congress giveth, it can also taketh away. And there's no clearer example than a provision in the Affordable Care... More

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Doctors and nurse practitioners: beyond the turf wars

Research shows nurse practitioners are as good as MDs at primary care, where there is a big shortage. But who knows about it?

A few days ago, I got an email asking me to sign a petition on the White House website, urging... More

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The insurance industry wins a big one

Lobbying effort on Medicare Advantage, mostly uncovered in the press, pays off in DC

The lead of Politico's story on the battle over Medicare Advantage cuts didn't pull any punches: "The insurance industry chalked... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

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

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