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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

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Obamacare and the business angle: innovative coverage

A tip of the hat to Inc. and The New York Times

Inc.'s Adam Bluestein and Julie Weed of The New York Times have come up with an interesting way of covering... More

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Medicare Uncovered: the insurers’ latest campaign

The press is AWOL on a PR and lobbying effort—and so is the context

Last week Katharine Raley, who heads the Ventura, CA, office of the state's Health Insurance Advocacy and Counseling Program, got... More

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The great hospital ratings derby—a second look

A laurel to Kaiser Health News

Bravo for Jordan Rau, the author of a piece produced by Kaiser Health News, that at last untangles the... More

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Exchange Watch: Navigating the insurance jungle

How to cover your local healthcare exchange: a primer

Not surprisingly, the topic of the new Obamacare state insurance exchanges--called Health Insurance Marketplaces by the feds--came up at a... More

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Hiking America’s food deserts

The Food Police (part 2): Tools for adding context to stories about the soda-ban battle, and other tales of nutrition

This is the second installment in an occasional series that will examine media coverage of public initiatives aimed at... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Smoke signals from Fox News Sunday

You might want to watch your wallet: Dems and the GOP hint they are close on cuts

There was no mistaking the message that two members of the Senate sent forth Sunday morning. In an interview on... More

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Greedy Geezers, redux

Trudy Lieberman on WBUR

Lately parts of the press have been helping spread the idea that the young and the old in America... More

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Exchange Watch: half a story in Connecticut

On insurance affordability, the Hartford Courant falls short

This is the second in a series we're calling Exchange Watch, which will keep an eye on the rollout of... More

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Progress with pertussis: Is it goodbye?

In the sequestration era, reporters need to stay on the whooping cough story

In a recent piece for msnbc.com, Geoffrey Cowley paints a dark picture of the impact sequestration cuts will have on... More

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Brill’s big breakthrough

A Time manifesto on healthcare costs smashes fences that have constricted this conversation for far too long

Steven Brill's taboo-busting X-ray of the US medical system, "Bitter Pill," has a chance to reframe the way we... More

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Policing the food police (part 1):
the assault on salt

Covering government efforts to improve the nation’s eating habits is more complicated than it seems

This is the first installment in an occasional series that will examine media coverage of public initiatives aimed at ending... More

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Healthcare costs: A moment of clarity

Steve Brill stands his ground on ABC

Bravo for Steve Brill! His appearance on ABC's This Week was a rare example of a guest on a... More

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Medicare Uncovered: What’s in a name?

The GOP puts some new lipstick on an old idea: vouchers

National Journal's Margot Sanger-Katz picked up a juicy Washington tidbit worth passing on to healthcare reporters and interested readers.... 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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