Snapshots from #ahcj13 | Jay Hancock

Jay Hancock, reporter, Kaiser Health News, Washington, D.C.:

What has been your favorite panel so far?
The one Thursday night with Jerry Groopman and Pamela Hartzband. I loved their panel because they were so articulate and they were sharing personal details of their lives. As journalists, we all know that stories help bring home the abstract and they did that really, really well.

What’s the best tip you’ve heard?
The best tip was in the Thursday afternoon session by Fred Trotter called Connecting the docs, showing how Medicare data can be gleaned and mined to show doctor referral patterns. A huge resource I had no idea existed.

What other session are you particularly looking forward to?
The Saturday session on what’s next for business in health reform. Businesses will be a critical media for expanding care [under Obamacare]. It’s going to be really interesting. There are a lot of ways it can get screwed up. It’s going to be an important part of the story going forward.

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