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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.

AHCJ accepting entries for Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

AHCJ’s 2017 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism is now accepting entries. Follow this link to create an entry. Since 2004, the awards have recognized the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media.

Entries can include a wide range of health coverage including public health, consumer health, medical research, the business of health care and health ethics. The contest was created by journalists for journalists and is not influenced or funded by commercial or special-interest groups. Continue reading

AHCJ update: Inpatient hospital charge data

AHCJ just updated its version of Medicare inpatient charge data that covers hospitals across the United States.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its data, showing what hospitals charge Medicare for treatments or procedures. Government data files include bills submitted by almost 3,500 hospitals for inpatient treatments in federal fiscal years 2011 through 2015. Beginning with the 2014 data, all discharges are reported. Prior years (2011 through 2013) are limited to the top 100 most frequently billed discharges. Continue reading

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 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