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Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

New AHCJ board to be seated July 1

Carrie Feibel

Carrie Feibel

Carrie Feibel, health editor at KQED-San Francisco, joins five incumbents in being seated on the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2018-19 board of directors.

Incumbents starting a new term include Julie Appleby, M.P.H., Kaiser Health News; Scott Hensley, NPR; Tony Leys, Des Moines Register; Ivan Oransky, M.D., NYU’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute; and Sabriya Rice, Dallas Morning News.

Read more about the board of directors.


AHCJ names 2018-19 Regional Health Journalism Fellows

The Association of Health Care Journalists has named the 2018-19 class of the Regional Health Journalism Fellowship, an annual program for reporters and editors across the United States.

The program, which focuses on different regions each year, is dedicated this year to journalists from the Mountain States region of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah. Past classes of fellows have come from the northern Midwest and Plains, the Southeast, the West Coast, the South Central United States, the Great Lakes and the mid-Atlantic states.

The new fellowship class will gather for the first time next month. Find out who the fellows are.

AHCJ releases audio of CMS announcement about new Scorecard

Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced a “Scorecard” intended to increase public transparency about the performance of the agency’s programs.

The site uses data that was voluntarily submitted by states on “selected health and program indicators.” An introduction to the site says it offers information about these questions: Continue reading

Azar talks about plan to lower prescription drug prices

Alex Azar

Last week, President Trump spoke about his plans to lower prescription drug prices by increasing competition and creating incentives for them to lower prices.

His plan includes budget proposals to reform the Medicare Part D program, curbing abuse of FDA safety rules and  continuing generic drug approvals,
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Audio recording of CMS press briefing now available

Photo: Jeff Porter/AHCJSeema Verma

Audio of a Tuesday briefing with Seema Verma, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is being made available on the AHCJ website.

The May 1, 2018, briefing, called a “pen and pad” by CMS, allowed for only one reporter from each media outlet and was a chance for Verma to update reporters on Medicaid policy and ask questions. Continue reading