Author Archives: Kimberly Leonard

Kimberly Leonard

About Kimberly Leonard

Kimberly Leonard (@leonardkl) is a member of AHCJ’s Right to Know Committee and past co-chair of the Washington, D.C., chapter. She covers Congress, the White House, and the Department of Health and Human Services as a senior health policy reporter for the Washington Examiner.

Verma participates in first of promised series of ’roundtables’ with reporters

Seema Verma

Seema Verma, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, held her first on-the-record, in-person meeting with reporters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday as the agency pledged to make her more accessible, through both smaller and larger gatherings.

Verma spoke with 10 reporters for one hour, beginning the conversation by discussing the sustainability of Medicare and then answering reporters’ questions on Medicaid expansion, value-based care, and the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

Opioids the topic of daylong training for D.C. journalists

Photo: Ryan Basen Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen, right, helps demonstrate how naloxone is administered.

Health journalists in Washington, D.C., participated in an all-day training session about reporting on the opioid crisis, hearing from treatment experts, medical providers and public health advocates.

The event took place Feb. 23 at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and was a partnership between the D.C. chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the National Press Foundation. Continue reading

HHS secretary promises ‘open and transparent’ relationship with media

Alex Azar

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar pledged in his first on-the-record press conference Tuesday that he will have an “open and transparent” relationship with reporters, and said he does not envision a scenario in which anyone would be banned from covering the agency.

The statement, a welcome commitment to reporters, came one week after the Association of Health Care Journalists sent Azar a letter urging him to hold regular press conferences. Continue reading

Health journalists, HHS officials meet at annual party

Photo: Kimberly LeonardErin Mershon, left, of Stat, took the opportunity to talk to Mark Weber, the HHS deputy assistant secretary for public affairs.

About 60 reporters attended the AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter holiday party last month, including independent journalists, reporters from Kaiser Health News, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico and USA Today.

During the seventh annual holiday event for the chapter, reporters enjoyed beverages and light appetizers at Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle. Continue reading

Reporters learn about wearables, health IT and telehealth

Photo: Tina Reed, Washington Business Journal

More than 20 people came to the July 14, AHCJ chapter event in Washington, D.C., to learn about how technology affects health and what regulatory issues to watch out for.

The conversation was moderated by Politico Pro’s David Pittman (@David_Pittman), who covers health information technology. Pittman, who proposed the event, invited the panelists for their participation, and pitched the idea to the chapter co-chairs. The panelists were: Continue reading