Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 2:14pm
Patients and health care journalists have long called for greater transparency in the prices of health care, and several companies now provide that information for free. Two recent surveys asked whether the public is using this it.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 5:00am
The hardest part of reporting on the health implications of Central Valley rivers was not the research or content, but finding the right characters for the stories. In the end, a radio reporter discovered the best way to find the characters that brought his stories to life was on the river itself.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 3:00am
Death and birth records are crucial to public health and health reporting. They can help verify causes of death, point you to family members, or allow you to track larger public health trends. Here's how to start using them for your stories, if you aren't already.
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 5:00am
How much time should elapse before a patient returns for a follow-up visit? The answer, of course, is that it depends on the situation. But as a recent JAMA article made clear, there are surprisingly few evidence-based answers to guide doctors here.
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 5:00am
The University of Minnesota is replacing the chairman of its psychiatry department following two scathing reviews of its safety protocols in research involving human subjects and its recruitment of a troubled man who later died by suicide in a schizophrenia drug trial.
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 4:00am
Laura Starecheski recently spoke to Reporting on Health about how she reported her NPR series on childhood adversity and trauma. In the second part of our Q&A, Starecheski explains how she found innovative programs to feature and why maps can be such a powerful explanatory tool.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:00am
California leads the nation when it comes to fostering the health of undocumented immigrants, according to a recent report. Meanwhile, state legislators are considering legislation that would expand coverage to undocumented residents.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:00am
Opportunities are available from coast to coast in this week's roundup. Check out new job openings at The Boston Globe and Stanford University's School of Medicine.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:00am
When reporting on hospitals, it pays to download and read the hospital’s Joint Commission report. These reports are an important first step in understanding the basic outlines of how a hospital is performing relative to others.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 5:00am
Reporter Kathleen O'Brien of the New Jersey Star-Ledger stayed flexible in her reporting and ultimately uncovered system-wide computer problems that were only affecting New Jersey's poor. Here she shares the lessons she learned while working on the project.
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:00am
Contributing editor William Heisel looks back over last week's annual gathering of the Association of Health Care Journalists and shares some of his favorite tips and lessons from the bounty of panels and conversations on hand at the conference.
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:27am
This week a New York Times article revealed why Michael Botticelli, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is becoming so successful in his post. He is recovering from addiction himself and “the first person in substance-abuse recovery to hold the position."
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 4:00am
Laura Starecheski's recent NPR series on childhood adversity and trauma is an essential listen for those interested in how childhood events can shape long-term health. Starecheski recently spoke to Reporting on Health about how she reported the stories and what she learned along the way.
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 4:00am
Even as the ACA transforms the nation’s health care system, its future remains uncertain. But no matter what happens, the law and its impact will remain a central subject for health care journalists for years to come, as AHCJ 2015 panelists Sarah Kliff and Julie Appleby explained.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 6:00am
The high-deductible health plans sold under the "bronze" banner may look lousy at first glance. But while they may not be ideal coverage, they're far better than the high deductible plans sold before Obamacare. And they can supply a critical lifeline when misfortune strikes.