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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 healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

CMS updates website with reporters’ needs in mind

Click on image for a full-size view of the new CMS page.

Based on feedback from journalists, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its online “Newsroom” with the goal of making it easier for reporters to find the information they need.

In a blog post, Administrator Seema Verma said the agency has “made CMS data and background, press contacts, and other information quickly accessible. We’ve also built a more robust search tool that will help serve your needs.” Continue reading

Telling the community health story beyond police shootings

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Often, when a police officer shoots an unarmed black man, news coverage is confined to the echoes of debate over who is right and who is wrong.  If journalists fail to advance the story beyond this narrative, they risk becoming unwitting accomplices in numbing the public to these tragedies.

This does a disservice to readers, viewers and listeners who seek better understanding of the full impact of what, in recent years, has become a public health crisis in our nation. Continue reading

AHCJ releases recording of today’s CMS announcement

Photo: Jeff Porter/AHCJSeema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks at a past briefing.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced initiatives today intended to improve oversight and the integrity of Medicaid.

CMS will implement “stronger audit functions, enhanced oversight of state contracts with private insurance companies, increased beneficiary eligibility oversight, and stricter enforcement of state compliance with federal rules,” according to a press release. Continue reading

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.