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Want to get involved with the chapter? E-mail Kimberly Leonard (kleonard@washingtonexaminer.com).

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Past events

Oct. 6, 2016: What health reporters should be thinking about post-election day

This event will include two panels: One will examine future steps for health care reform, including election topics, and the other will explore final goals as the Obama administration comes to a close.  

The first panel will include Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, who worked on President Barack Obama’s health care reform team, and William Hoagland, senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center, who served as senior budget adviser to Senate Republicans for 25 years.

The second panel will feature Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The two panels will be held simultaneously. Panelists will speak for 30 minutes and then switch classrooms, so all attendees will have access to both. They will be led by Julie Rovner from Kaiser Health News and Jayne O'Donnell from USA Today

Date: Oct. 6, 2016
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Place: NYU’s DC Campus at 1307 L St NW, Washington, D.C.

Space is limited and you must RSVP. Please email Kimberly Leonard (kleonard@usnews.com), with questions or to reserve your spot.

Light snacks and drinks will be provided ahead of the program.  

July 14: Covering health technology and wearables

Candy-colored Fitbits, sleek Apple Watches and other high-tech calorie and heart-rate trackers have exploded in popularity, and their Big Data capabilities are increasingly celebrated by fitness experts, nutritionists and public health advocates. But there's a more complicated side to digital health, and one that has Washington perplexed: It surrounds the devices doctors use to monitor health from afar, as, for example, with patients with diabetes or heart attack survivors. Those new technologies are raising major questions about privacy, security, discrimination and reimbursement, as private insurers and Medicare and Medicaid officials question whether they should pay for the new technology, whether it can be relied on in research and how to regulate it.

Join us for a conversation about how consumers and doctors are using these tools, how they're being paid for, how the field is regulated (or not), what Congress thinks and whether or not there's evidence to show that digital interventions are improving health outcomes.

We've got a great lineup of guests who will address these and other topics: 

  • Krista Drobac, the executive director of the Alliance for Connected Care and a former adviser for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; 

  • Zach Rothstein, an associate vice president at AdvaMed, the medical device industry's lobbying arm; andJohn Lewis, vice president of public affairs for the Association of Clinical Research Organizations. 

  • AHCJ member David Pittman, who covers health technology for Politico Pro, will moderate.

Our speakers will give short presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m., with plenty of time afterward for discussion, questions and mingling.

AHCJ chapter event

June 2, Rooftop reception

Washington, D.C., chapter event brings record turnout

More than 100 people, including about 50 health journalists, turned out on June 2 for the AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter rooftop happy hours with senior communications staff from more than a dozen health organizations.

It was the third annual event held at the Pennsylvania Avenue rooftop overlooking the White House. Continue reading 

Holiday Party, Dec. 10, 2015

D.C. health journalists gather to celebrate the holiday season

We compete, we break news, we make a difference. Now it’s time for the Association of Health Care Journalists’ D.C. Chapter Holiday networking gathering!

Come toast the holiday season with craft beers, vintage wine — and some light and healthy(ier) food.

There is no formal program – just a gathering as we look forward to 2016. We’ve invited some special guests who have helped many of us during the year. All health journalists are invited.

When: 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10.
Important note: Due to building security, please plan to arrive no later than 7:15 p.m.

Where: The Advisory Board Building at 2445 M St. N.W., 8th floor reception area.

Happy Hours at Politico for a discussion on covering Medicaid

Finding fresh ways to report on Medicaid, changes in health care system

How’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion working out for enrollees, providers and states? Where the best data to examine Medicaid managed care organizations? How are states trying to control rising Medicaid costs? Where is Medicaid failing children? How is Medicaid keeping people out of nursing homes?

These are just some of the topics our guests will address. Our speakers will be Cindy Mann, who until January was the top U.S. official in charge of Medicaid and now works at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Matt Salo, who heads the National Association of Medicaid Directors and Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families.

Come to learn tips on how to cover Medicaid, find interesting stories and discern myth from fact about this often misunderstood program. The discussion will be on the record.

When: 
Tuesday, Oct. 27. Reception starts at 6:15. Program will run from 6:45 to 7:45. Tell your colleagues and bring your questions.

Where: 
Politico, 1000 Wilson Blvd. in Rosslyn Va. (5 minute walk from Rosslyn metro)

Brews and views

The Association of Health Care Journalists’ Washington, D.C., Chapter gathered on Sept. 30, 2015, at Southern Hospitality to learn how the Affordable Care Act can help small employers gain health coverage for their workers. The event featured officials from DC Health Link, the district’s health exchange, a local brewer that’s obtained coverage and Obamacare exchange guru Sabrina Corlette from Georgetown University to explain this lesser known, but important part of the law. Read about the event here.

Language do’s and don’ts

The Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Psychological Association invite you to “Language Do’s and Don’ts.”

Join fellow journalists, psychologists and representatives from APA for an interactive discussion about choosing wording that’s both sensitive and straightforward when reporting on the LGBT community, people with disabilities and people with mental health conditions.

Reporters who have questions or examples from their own work are encouraged to submit their ideas before the event to Kimberly Leonard at kleonard@usnews.com.

The event will be held in APA’s state-of-the-art rooftop conference center and of course, beverages and snacks will be served. All journalists are welcome. 

Join us on June 18:

  • Refreshments and networking: 6-6:30 p.m.

  • Panel discussion: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: The American Psychological Association, 750 First St NE (about 1 block from the Union Station Metro)

AHCJ chapter hosts spring gathering of journalists, health communicators

June 11, 2015: Nearly 70 journalists and communications officials from patient advocacy and industry groups met for a rooftop happy hour event in Washington, D.C., marking the second annual spring meeting between AHCJ’s Washington, D.C., chapter and communications officials. Read more.

Happy hours with the drugmakers

March 18, 2015: About 25 journalists gathered on March 18 at Bistro d’Oc in Washington, D.C., for an AHCJ chapter happy hours event with top communications officials with PhRMA and several of its member pharmaceutical companies. Read more and see some photos.

Covering Obamacare Under Siege (Again): The Burwell vs. King Supreme Court Case

The Association of Health Care Journalists’ Washington, D.C., Chapter and the New York University D.C. Campus Journalism Program invite you to a discussion on how journalists can cover the upcoming Supreme Court case on subsidies provided under President Obama’s health law. Hear about the legal, economic and political consequences of the court decision that could imperil health care coverage for millions. 

2014 Holiday Party!

Come toast the holiday season with some craft beer from D.C. and Belgium and vintage wine — along with some light food as well.

No formal program – just a gathering to tell war stories from 2014 and look forward to another crazy year in 2015. We’ve invited some special guests from government and industry.

What's next for Obamacare?

Stephen Zuckerman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Tom Scully, a former administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who now works as a private equity investor, spoke to an AHCJ chapter meeting in Washington, D.C. about the possible ACA stories ahead. The meeting was co-sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform. Attendees enjoyed some wine and beer and light food ahead of the gathering on Sept. 18. Read more on this meeting from Margot Sanger-Katz.

Holiday Networking Party

We’ve completed our “punch lists” and checked them twice and after a year filled with talk about exchanges, cancellations and repeal, it’s time for you to grab your in-person assistor and navigate your way to The Association of Health Care Journalists’ DC Chapter Annual Holiday Networking Party.

The gathering will be 6-8:15 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2013, at The National Journal offices at The Watergate (600 New Hampshire Ave. NW).

There’s no formal program but a chance to network with some new and old(er) health journalists and a few invited guests. AHCJ and a few of your colleagues will supply the craft beer, wine and light food. The National Journal has been kind enough to offer their space. We can guarantee “the vast majority of” guests will have fun.

Please RSVP by Dec. 2 to either pgalewitz@kff.org or critger@nationaljournal.com

Details:
All health journalists are invited.

National Journal is located in the Watergate building at 600 New Hampshire Ave NW, next to the Kennedy Center across from the Saudi Arabian embassy. If you walk in the main doors and make a left, you will see the elevators. The party is on the 8th floor in the common area, but after-hours access requires someone to scan in to start the elevator. We'll have someone in the lobby to greet & get people upstairs. Please plan to arrive no later than 7.

Covering the ACA Marketplaces

Date: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

Time: 6:15 pm-7:45 pm (refreshments available at 6:15, program begins at 6:30)

Location: National Public Radio’s new headquarters in Washington, DC. 1111 North Capitol St., NE (a 10 minute walk from either Union Station or NOMA metro stop)

The Association of Health Care Journalists’ DC Chapter and the Alliance for Health Reform will hold a reporters’ roundtable on Covering the ACA Marketplaces.

With the marketplaces scheduled to launch Oct. 1, no topic is as newsy, complicated and filled with political spin. Come learn about some best ways to cover the new exchanges, best questions to ask and sources to contact.

Our panelists will include Julie Rovner of NPR, Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post and Joanne Kenen of Politico and AHCJ's health reform topic leader. Sabrina Corlette, research professor and project director of the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, will answer your questions about insurance changes in the law and how the marketplaces will work.

Most of the evening will be a discussion and question and answer session with attendees. Moderators will be AHCJ board member Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News, and Marilyn Serafini of the Alliance for Health Reform.

Please RSVP to either mserafini@allhealth.org or pgalewitz@kff.org by Sept 11. Space is limited.

This briefing is sponsored by AHCJ, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

June 5, 2013

A get-together with Pharma

District Chophouse (upstairs)
509 7th St. N.W. (between E and F streets), Gallery Place Metro stop 

The Washington chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists invites you to a gathering with pharmaceutical industry reps.

This off-the-record, informal gathering is a chance to meet communications people from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America – people you may know only through email and press releases. No speeches, no lobbying – just good food and good conversation.

The gathering will take place upstairs at the Brewer's Lounge. Feel free to bring your newsroom colleagues, though space is limited. 

 

Meet and greet with HHS communications team

Robert Pear of The New York Times, with HHS communications officials Erin Shield and Dori Salcido, was among about 25 health journalists who gathered with about a dozen members of the HHS communications staff at an AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter event on April 4 at The Capitol Lounge.
Robert Pear of The New York Times, with HHS communications officials Erin Shield and Dori Salcido, was among about 25 health journalists who gathered with about a dozen members of the HHS communications staff at an AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter event on April 4 at The Capitol Lounge.

The informal, off-the-record gathering was a chance to meet the HHS communications people that reporters may only know through email and phone calls. Salcido, acting assistant secretary for public affairs, and several members of her staff attended.

Holiday happy hour

The AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter Holiday Happy Hour event on Dec. 5 was attended by about 35 health journalists and two federal health communications officials: Peter Ashkenaz of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Marty Kramer of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Guests noshed on crackers and cheese and some fine wine and craft beer on the 2nd floor reception area of the Kaiser Family Foundation while holiday music played in the background. There was no formal program other than an opportunity for AHCJ members, new, old and potential new ones, to gather to cheer the holiday.

Among news outlets That were represented: Kaiser Health News, Politico, NPR, Inside Health Policy, Modern Healthcare, CQ and the Huffington Post.

Health journalists meet-the-doctors night

You’re invited to an informal meeting with the policy and communications officials from some of the nation’s leading physician advocacy groups, including the American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology and the American Osteopathic Association.

You’ll get face time with the voices behind the organizations to learn about the issues the physician groups are dealing with on Capitol Hill and elsewhere. You’ll also learn the best way to get information from them to find stories and how to reach doctors on deadline.

Come to network and have a glass of wine with other DC-area health reporters and learn more about what AHCJ has to offer.

When: 6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2

Where: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G Street NW (1/2 block west of Metro Center)

We will finish by 7:45 to leave time to grab drinks and appetizers at the nearby Laughing Man Tavern.

Happy hour/networking with HHS public affairs staff

Join the Association of Health Care Journalists Washington DC chapter for an informal happy hour/networking event with the public affairs team from the Department of Health and Human Services from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 on the outdoor patio at Poste Brasserie in downtown D.C.

Poste is located behind the Hotel Monaco at 555 8th St. NW., just south of the corner of F and 8th St. Gallery Place metro is one block away and Metro Center metro is three blocks away. 

Come meet some fellow D.C. area health writers, learn what’s going on at AHCJ and meet Marty Kramer from the Health Resources and Services Administration and Brian Cook from CMS, along with Nick Papas, White House health reform spokesman.

Poste has drink and food specials until 7 p.m. The event is open to all health journalists.

March 5: Health-Journalists-meet-the-Hospitals night

Medicare and Medicaid cuts, the health reform law, EHR, GME, patient safety, mergers, profits, losses, the ER. These are some of the many topics health journalists deal with in covering hospitals.

Come meet with representatives of some of the major national hospital advocacy organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Association of Public Hospitals. 

You’ll get face time with the leading voices behind the organizations to learn about major issues the different types of hospitals are facing on Capitol Hill and in their communities. You’ll also learn the best way to get information from the hospital industry and how to contact them for stories.

Join us!

When: 6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Monday, March 5

Where: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Conference Center, 1330 G Street NW (1/2 block west of Metro Center)

The informal gathering will have plenty of time for Q and A. We will wrap up by 7:45 to leave time to grab a brew/glass of wine and appetizers at nearby Laughing Man Tavern.

All health journalists are invited.

Dec. 6: Holiday Happy Hours

Come join your health journalist colleagues and some special guests for some drinks and food. We’ll toast the season, reminisce about a crazy year and look forward to what promises to be a momentous 2012.

Where: *District of Pi, 910 F Street NW (we’ve reserved a table in back)

When: Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Try to arrive early, as AHCJ is buying the first round of drinks.

Oct. 25: Meet HHS Inspector General’s Public Affairs team

The Washington D.C. chapter will meet with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s Public Affairs team at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Kaiser Family Foundation office near Metro Center.

Come meet fellow D.C. area health writers, editors and broadcasters, learn about how you can find stories at HHS OIG about health providers, Medicare fraud and learn about some new online OIG resources and potential news stories coming up in the next few months. HHS OIG is dedicated to combating fraud, waste and abuse and to improving HHS programs. Most OIG's resources go to oversight of Medicare and Medicaid though oversight extends to other HHS institutions, including the CDC, NIH and the FDA.

Roberta Baskin and Don White from HHS OIG Public Affairs staff will be on hand.

Sept. 13: Happy Hour

Join us for an informal happy hour networking event with the public affairs team from the Department of Health and Human Services from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13  on the outdoor patio at Poste Brasserie in downtown D.C.

Poste is located behind the Hotel Monaco at 555 8th St. NW., just south of the corner of F and 8th St. Gallery Place metro is one block away and Metro Center is three blocks away.

Come meet some fellow D.C. area health writers, learn what's going on at AHCJ and meet some of the HHS media team you may only know through email and conference calls. Some of the newest members of the HHS team will be there including Erin Shields from HHS, Brian Cook from CMS and Nick Papas, White House health reform spokesman.

Poste has drink and food specials until 7 p.m. The event is open to all health journalists.

March 8: Meet with press officers of HHS and the White House Office of Health Reform

In a rare off-the-record discussion between journalists and government press officers, the D.C. Chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists will host a meeting with press officers of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Health Reform.

The discussion will include Richard Sorian, assistant secretary for public affairs at HHS; Chris Stenrud, deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at HHS; and Nick Papas, spokesman for the White House Office of Health Reform.

Press representatives from several HHS agencies – including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology,  and the Health Resources and Services Administration – will also be in attendance.

This meeting will be off the record. Reporters are free to ask any on-the-record questions after the meeting.

All journalists, including non-AHCJ members, are invited.

When:  Tuesday, March 8
Informal networking from 6:15-6:30 p.m. Meeting from 6:30 p.m- 7:45 p.m.

Where: Kaiser Family Foundation conference center, 1330 G St. NW (half block west of Metro Center)

Why: To improve communications between journalists and communications staff from the key federal health agencies, to help reporters learn the best ways to get data and interviews from the agencies, and to help communications professionals to better know the reporters covering their beats.

What to bring: Your questions.

Please RSVP to: pgalewitz@kff.org  Hope to see you there!

Chapter meets with FDA public affairs staff

The chapter met with top public affairs officials of the Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 4 to learn more about how they operate and how reporters can best obtain needed information.

Beth Martino, associate commissioner for external affairs since March, led the FDA contingent and emphasized her hope to build good relations with reporters. She mentioned plans to issue a weekly media tip sheet that would indicate upcoming speeches and appearances of top FDA officials. Her staff discussed how it would respond to reporters' queries.

AHCJ members made a number of suggestions that Martino and her team said they would consider seriously. 

Martino also responded to the perennial problem of delayed responses to Freedom of Information Act requests from the press by saying the solution lies in FDA being more transparent and releasing more documents backing up agency decisions, which could reduce the need for FOIA requests in the first place.

Read more ...

Everything you wanted to know about covering CMS but were afraid to ask

Come to the Association of Health Care Journalists' D.C. chapter meeting with the press office staff from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and White House Office on Health Reform.  CMS and White House officials will discuss how reporters can get information on Medicare and Medicaid and changes coming to the programs under the new health law. 

Where: Kaiser Family Foundation conference center, 1330 G Street NW, Washington D.C.  – a half block west of Metro Center

When: June 15, 6:15 p.m.-7:30. p.m. (dinner and drinks to follow at nearby Laughing Man Tavern at 1306 G Street NW)

Who's invited: Health journalists, including non-AHCJ members.

What to bring: Questions

Please RSVP to AHCJ board member Phil Galewitz at pgalewitz@kff.org.

Jan. 7, 2010

Come join your fellow health journalists for some post-holiday cheer! We'll be meeting from 5:30-7:30 at the Laughing Man Tavern, conveniently located a few blocks from Metro Center at 1306 G St. N.W. We have reserved a table adjacent to the downstairs bar. The Association of Health Care Journalists is sponsoring the event.  There's no agenda just a chance to meet new and old colleagues and help plan future local AHCJ events.

This event is open to AHCJ and non-AHCJ members, so bring your colleagues too! RSVP to joyce_frieden@hotmail.com [note this is different from my usual email address due to problems with Comcast]. Hope to see you there!

WHO: You and other health journalists
WHAT: Post-holiday Happy Hour
WHERE:
Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G St. N.W. [see www.laughingmantavern.com for menu and other info]; *downstairs*
WHEN:
Thursday, Jan. 7th, 5:30-7:30 p.m

Sept. 16, 2009

Thirty-five health journalists, ranging from journalism students at Boston and American universities and seasoned veterans from NPR and Kaiser Health News, attended an AHCJ DC Chapter Roundtable on Sept. 16 to discuss coverage of health reform.

Mary Agnes Carey for Kaiser Health News, Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times, Jennifer Lubell of Modern Healthcare and AHCJ President Trudy Lieberman were the panelists. AHCJ board member and Kaiser Health News correspondent Phil Galewitz was the moderator. The meeting was held at the Kaiser Family Foundation. They talked about the challenges of covering health reform and how to use the opportunity to focus attention away from the "horse race" and onto the substantive issues of health care.

Sept. 16, 2009

D.C. chapter gathering and roundtable on health reform coverage!

Join the Washington, D.C.-metro area chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists for a roundtable on the challenges and opportunities of covering health care reform. You don't have to be an AHCJ member to attend. Kaiser Health News will host the informal event at its offices and will provide drinks before the hour-long discussion.

The panel will include  Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times; Jackie Calmes, The New York Times; Jennifer Lubell, Modern Healthcare; and Trudy Lieberman, AHCJ president and CJR contributing editor.

Details:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G. St. NW (one block west of metro center)
  • Socializing starts at 6:30 p.m. Panel starts at 7 p.m.
  • Please RSVP to Phil Galewitz at pgalewitz@kff.org

March 2008

The Washington, D.C., chapter invited attendees of Health Journalism 2008 to dinner during the conference.

Joyce Frieden reports:

"We had a great turnout for the dinner we organized during the AHCJ annual meeting. A lively group of 25 – local chapter members as well as conference-goers from out of town – turned out on Friday, March 28th for some mouth-watering tapas at Jaleo, a Spanish restaurant in Crystal City, Virginia near the conference hotel. Good food, great company, and vibrant [if loud!] music made for a wonderful evening – it was nice to talk to old friends and make some new ones!"

To get on the email list for future Washington chapter events, send an email to Joyce Frieden at joycefr@comcast.net.

Drug safety regulation and the Prescription Drug User Fee Act

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The Washington, D.C. chapter heard a lively panel discussion on the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) on July 18, 2007.

PDUFA, which has been passed in different forms in both the House and the Senate, is currently in a Congressional conference committee. The law regulates how the Food and Drug Administration pays for reviews of new drug applications and addresses drug safety issues such as post-marketing reviews of new drugs and reviewing direct-to-consumer drug advertisements.

Panelists Caroline Loew, Ph.D., of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association; and Susan Wood, Ph.D., formerly of FDA and now at George Washington University, discussed whether the current system of "user fees" is really the best way to fund reviews of new drug applications, whether experts who have conflicts of interest (such as being on the speaker's bureau for a drug company) should be allowed to serve on FDA advisory committees, and whether PDUFA will help to prevent unsafe drugs from coming on the market. The panel was moderated by chapter co-coordinator Jill Wechsler, Washington correspondent for Pharmaceutical Executive magazine.

The Washington chapter welcomes ideas for speakers and events! Send your suggestions to Joyce Frieden at joyce@frieden.org.

More about the panelists:

Susan F. Wood, Ph.D., formerly of FDA and now with George Washington University. Dr. Wood has just written a paper entitled "Reauthorizing the Prescription Drug User Fee Act: How are PDUFA, the FDA Budget, and Drug Safety Related?" Dr. Wood is the FDA official who resigned in protest over the Bush Administration's handling of the "Plan B" emergency contraceptive.

Caroline Loew, Ph.D., vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Dr. Loew recently testified before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on the topic of drug safety regulation. She has a background in drug development and has worked at both AstraZeneca and at Abbott Laboratories.

Nov. 17th, 2006: The Future of Medicare

Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D., president of the Center for Studying Health System Change
David Hyman, J.D., professor of law and medicine at the University of Illinois; and
Marilyn Moon, vice-president and director of the health program at the American Institutes for Research

Sept. 12, 2005

Dr. Tony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, met with members of the Washington, D.C. chapter.

June 28, 2005

The Washington, D.C. chapter met with Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, at his Center for Health Transformation.

HEALTH REPORTERS/EDITORS:

 The Association of Health Care Journalists’ Washington D.C. chapter will meet with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s Public Affairs team at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Kaiser Family Foundation office near Metro Center.

Come meet fellow D.C. area health writers, editors and broadcasters, learn about how you can find stories at HHS OIG about health providers, Medicare fraud and learn about some new online OIG resources and potential news stories coming up in the next few months. HHS OIG is dedicated to combating fraud, waste and abuse and to improving HHS programs. Most OIG's resources go to oversight of Medicare and Medicaid though oversight extends to other HHS institutions, including the CDC, NIH and the FDA.

Roberta Baskin and Don White from HHS OIG Public Affairs staff will be on hand.

The event will wrap up by 7:45 p.m. but all are invited after for food and drink at the nearby Laughing Man Tavern.

KFF is located at 1330 G. St., N.W.  a half block west of Metro Center.

 Please RSVP by Oct. 24 to pgalewitz@kff.org