Journalists have a few more days to apply for AHCJ’s first National Cancer Reporting Fellowships. AHCJ will select about 12 journalists to spend four days on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., to increase their understanding of and ability to report accurately on complex scientific findings, provide insight into the work of cancer researchers and to better localize cancer-related stories. AHCJ teamed up with the National Cancer Institute to create the fellowship. The deadline is 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, Aug. 26. Continue reading
Up to 15 journalists will be selected to spend four days on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., to increase their understanding of and ability to report accurately on complex scientific findings, provide insight into the work of cancer researchers and to better localize cancer-related stories.
Twelve journalists have been chosen for the inaugural class of the AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research. The fellowship program was created with support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to help reporters and editors produce more accurate in-depth stories on medical research and how medical decisions are made.
The fellows will gather in Washington, D.C., the week of Oct. 11 for a series of presentations, round tables, hands-on database sessions and interactions with researchers.
Read more to find who the fellows are and some examples of the sessions they will participate in.
Any health care journalist covering the business side of physician practices knows that doctors in private practice often struggle. Health plans and the federal Medicare program make it difficult for physicians to get paid for the work they do and they change the billing and payment rules frequently.
In addition, doctors often say they have so little time each day to manage patient care properly because payers require them to see 20 to 40 patients a day. Continue reading
The Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, the educational arm of the Association of Health Care Journalists, has been awarded a grant of $200,000 to continue a fellowship program that helps journalists understand and report on the performance of local health care markets and the U.S. health system as a whole.
The AHCJ Reporting Fellowships on Health Care Performance were launched in 2010.
The program, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based private foundation, allows experienced print, broadcast and online reporters to pursue significant reporting projects over a year’s time related to the U.S. health care system. The reporters concentrate on the performance of health care systems – or significant parts of those systems – locally, regionally or nationally. The fellows are able to examine policies, practices and outcomes, as well as the roles of various stakeholders.
“Too often, the finances and inner workings of hospitals and health systems are black boxes,” said Karl Stark, president of the AHCJ board of directors and the health editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Through this generous grant, the fellowship provides reporters with the resources and tools to shine light into dark places and pursue stories that serve the public interest.”