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Jeff Porter

About Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter is the special projects director for AHCJ and plays a lead role in planning conferences, workshops and other training events. He also leads the organization's data collection and data instruction efforts.

Deadline approaching for conference ideas

AHCJ wants your ideas – for Health Journalism 2018. The conference is set for April 12-15 in Phoenix.

We want to make sure you have the chance to submit your ideas for the conference. We’re looking for general topic ideas, specific panel thoughts, workshops and potential speakers.

Click here to go to the conference page, then choose the link in the “Call for ideas” section. Please be sure to get your ideas in before the deadline: Oct. 1. Continue reading

AHCJ updates mortality, readmission hospital data

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AHCJ has updated and merged its version of the hospital mortality and readmission data available exclusively to members.

Going back to 2008 for mortality and 2009 for readmission to 2016 for both, journalists can download spreadsheet files to filter and find hospitals with histories of worse or better expected rates of patient outcomes within 30 days of discharge. Continue reading

CMS withdraws proposal that would have increased access to hospital inspection reports

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The federal agency that provides data for AHCJ’s HospitalInspections.org has stopped an effort to increase the number of hospital inspection reports made public.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed in April to require private accrediting organizations to make hospital inspections available to the public. AHCJ submitted a statement to CMS supporting the proposed rule change.

Now, CMS has withdrawn the proposal, reported ProPublica: Continue reading

AHCJ updates HospitalInspections.org with latest data

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AHCJ just added 1,319 hospital deficiency records in the searchable data on its HospitalInspections.org website. The latest addition includes inspections into June.

The searchable site includes records of 25,790 different deficiencies among hospitals in the United States. The file came from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That includes records of 854 inspections that don’t yet include detailed narratives. Continue reading

AHCJ data update: Medicare payments by provider in your state

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In 2015, Medicare paid more than $80 billion to dozens of providers – from neurologists to podiatrists, from ambulance services to hospice services, from family physicians to speech, physical and occupational therapists.

AHCJ has updated its version of the Medicare payment data for its members in an easy-to-use format: spreadsheet files listing specific providers and broken down by state. Journalists can download and analyze these files – covering 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2015 – to find stories for their audiences. Continue reading