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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.

Hospital inspection records added to searchable site

HospitalInspections.orgHospital inspection records from this year have been added to the searchable website. The site, created and run by the Association of Health Care Journalists, now has 29,428 records of hospital inspection results, covering from January 2011 into March 2018. Most of the records include a detailed report on each deficiency found in hospitals.

The site uses a file from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The site, open to the public, allows searches by keyword, city, state and hospital name.

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Plans coming together for #AHCJ18 in Phoenix

The Valley of the Sun will host Health Journalism 2018, AHCJ’s annual conference marking its 20th anniversary. The conference in Phoenix is scheduled for April 12-15.

In the past two decades, AHCJ has grown to more than 1,500 members. The 2018 conference will feature more than 60 events over four days.

Health Journalism 2018 will launch early on April 12 with journalists lining up for field trips to local research, clinical and educational sites. On the same day, the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort will be the center of a series of skill-building workshops and a featured “Science of …” track covering stem cells, genetic testing and marijuana. Continue reading

New hospital inspection reports added to website

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AHCJ has just updated the website. The updated version adds 1,024 records of hospital inspection results, as recent as September. Most of the records show a detailed narrative of each deficiency among hospitals in the United States.

The website includes the results of government inspections of acute-care hospitals, critical-access (rural) hospitals and psychiatric hospitals resulting from complaints. The site now searches through 26,814 records. Continue reading

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