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Journalists are playing a key role in highlighting outrageous health care price tags. Why this flood of stories now? And will they make a difference?
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NYT's Katie Thomas shares how she finds and vets stories of real people stung by ever-rising drug prices, and expert panelists provide key context for rounding out coverage.
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“I think one of the things that’s changing is the desire to let people see themselves in the data,” ProPublica's Charlie Ornstein told fellow journalists at the 2017 California Data Fellowship on Saturday.
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Everyone says health care needs more transparency when it comes to outcomes, but how might that work? And what's holding back efforts to improve care by shining more light on health care outcomes?
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ProPublica's Terry Parris Jr. and Dr. Lindsay Green-Barber of the Center for Investigative Reporting recently shared their strategies for incorporating community engagement into the reporting process.

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Headed to the Association of Health Care Journalists annual conference in Santa Clara this week? It's always hard to pick from the annual bounty of presentations, but contributing editor William Heisel's selection of don't-miss sessions will get you started.

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Are you making good use of hospital and nursing home inspection records in your reporting? If not, a few key database resources can help get you started. A review of several years can show patterns of medication errors, nursing lapses, or may highlight a horrific case.

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The makers of popular drugs like Advair, Cymbalta, Viagra and Zoloft have physicians, psychiatrists, and medical school faculty members across California on their payrolls. Does this influence prescribing patterns?

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Headed to the Association of Health Care Journalists annual conference this week in Boston? Whatever sessions you attend, have a great time, take lots of notes, and use the experience as inspiration for even better journalism.

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What do patients and their families need to know before telling their stories to the media?

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