Monday, January 26, 2015 - 3:00am
Learning how to locate and use patient discharge data will make your reporting stronger and provide you with objective evidence for evaluating hospitals' claims. Such data can also lead to new story threads. Here's a quick-start guide.
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 4:00am
A recent Sac Bee investigation revealed disturbingly high staff turnover rates at a number of California nursing homes. You can discover similar trends by learning how to navigate the data in California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and similar agencies nationwide.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:49am
According to an expose this week in The New York Times, the USDA uses tax dollars to help private industry develop more "profitable" animals in a semi-clandestine operation called the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center. The experiments often cause the death of mothers and offspring, The Times reports.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 4:00am
Sign-ups for insurance on the federal and state health exchanges end in less than a month, and the state's push to enroll more Latinos appears to be paying off. Meanwhile, safety net providers such as Clinica Sierra Vista are focused on both signing up and retaining patients.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 12:00am
Apply for U.S. News & World Report's Health and Wellness Reporter opening or the Wellness Editor position at Good Housekeeping. Plus, make sure to check out all of the upcoming award deadlines.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:00pm
In Santa Cruz County, the contract dispute between Blue Shield and Sutter Health hits home because of Sutter's large presence here.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 9:29am
A recent decision from Sweden’s Supreme Court is changing the landscape for Swedish citizens fighting misguided accusations of infant shaking.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 4:00am
In the past 20 years, more and more children and adolescents have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Many people don’t realize that kids as young as 10 can develop the disease, and even fewer know that when it is diagnosed at such an early age, it tends to be much more serious.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 7:35am
On January 2, ProPublica and The New York Times co-published “When a Patient’s Death is Broadcast Without Permission,” a powerful article that explored legal and ethical questions posed by ABC’s “NY Med” and similar TV documentaries about actual medical dramas taking place in hospitals....
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 6:05pm
When the doctors who are charged with managing pain come out with a public policy position against use of opioids (like oxycodone, methodone and hydrocodine) for chronic pain, we should pay attention....
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 4:00am
Every time someone famous dies after a medical error, hopes rise that we will see a meaningful response that will improve patient safety conditions. Joan Rivers' death has, in an incredibly quick time frame, led to some significant consequences for those involved.
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 3:00am
In California, the range of physician performance is surprisingly wide, according to a recent survey that ranked groups on a 100-point scale. More than 40 physician groups scored below 60. Where might we find insights into how to help these low-performers improve?
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 2:01pm
"Narrowing of networks" was an abstract concept to me until Blue Shield narrowed my own network of healthcare providers, most of whom I have been seeing for 18 years.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 3:00am
A key goal of health reform has been to get insured individuals to seek out primary care rather than the ER. In the Bay Area, safety net systems are trying new approaches to funnel more patients into primary care, including putting nurses in firehouses.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:00am
Don't forget to submit your application for the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from Association of Health Care Journalists by January 15. Plus, check out these openings in online and print publications.