About Joseph Burns Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at [email protected] View all posts by Joseph Burns → Photo: Len Bruzzese/AHCJWall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou spoke about his award-winning investigation of Theranos at Health Journalism 2018. One of the highlights of Health Journalism 2018 in Phoenix last month was John Carreyrou’s presentation about his work covering the much-troubled Theranos Inc., a Silicon Valley lab testing company that has been investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2015, Carreyrou won first place in beat reporting in AHCJ’s Excellence in Health Care Journalism awards for his coverage of Theranos. Last week, my colleague Rebecca Vesely covered his remarks for Covering … [Read more...] about When pursuing investigative pieces, Wall Street Journal reporter suggests getting legal advice early
About Liz Seegert Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in NextAvenue.com, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News, the Connecticut Health I-Team and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University and co-produces the HealthCetera podcast. View all posts by Liz Seegert → Photo: Jen R via Flickr Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Director Seems Verma are crisscrossing the country to tout the Trump administration’s plan to combat prescription drug prices. They promise that America’s Patients First, released by the president and HHS on May 11, will address significant roadblocks to lowering drug costs. People age 65 and older account for 34 percent of all prescription medication use and 30 percent of all over-the-counter drugs purchased, according to this Medscape … [Read more...] about How Trump’s new drug proposal may impact older adults
About Tara Haelle Tara Haelle (@TaraHaelle) is AHCJ's medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research and enabling them to translate the evidence into accurate information. View all posts by Tara Haelle → As you report on medical studies more and more, you probably start to notice patterns in the parts that you find confusing or difficult to parse. You start to realize where you need the most help in understanding a study, or perhaps you know you need to refine your skills but aren’t sure how. Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are a great way to sharpen some skills and learn some new ones. A variety of universities and companies offer MOOCs, an online course involving video lessons, reading assignments, message boards, tests and/or other aspects of a typical online course. The difference is that MOOCs are free (unless you want to pay extra for an official certificate showing you completed one), … [Read more...] about Want to up your game on covering clinical studies? Try a MOOC!
About Joseph Burns Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at [email protected] View all posts by Joseph Burns → The Medicare program has removed a page from Medicare.gov that explained what Medicare members need to know about the Affordable Care Act and made other changes to the website, according to a report today from the Web Integrity Project of the Sunlight Foundation. The “Affordable Care Act and Medicare” page was removed and changes were made to the “Medicare and Marketplace” page, according to the report (PDF), “Removal of the ‘Affordable Care Act & Medicare’ webpage and corresponding links from the Medicare website.” The page that was removed included a link to the “Medicare and Marketplace” page and information related to Medicare … [Read more...] about Report: CMS removed information on the ACA from Medicare site
About Susan Heavey Susan Heavey, (@susanheavey) a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants of health and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on resources and tip sheets at [email protected] View all posts by Susan Heavey → Nina Matthews Photography via Flickr A social autopsy. That’s what West Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Rahul Gupta called his efforts to examine opioid deaths in his state, one of the hardest hit by the drug epidemic. In an interview with WBUR, Gupta said he was crunching the data on hundreds of those who die in hopes of seeing past the medical causes and into the social issues that may have contributed. Understanding that, and the stigma, may better help him and other officials tackle the scourge that is sweeping the state. “One of the things that we wanted to find out is [how to] learn from those who have already … [Read more...] about How W.Va is crunching data on social conditions and opioids