AHCJ members get new jobs, fellowships, awards and more

Constance Alexander, a freelance columnist in Murray, Ky., has been selected as a featured speaker on the roster of presenters approved by the Kentucky Humanities Council. This is the third time she has been selected as a statewide presenter. She has added “The Way Home: What the Dying Teach Us About Living & Life” to […]

Fellow, veteran reporter is ‘miles ahead’ after day 1

He’s only been in New York for a day, and David Gulliver, already appears to be a big fan of the AHCJ Media Fellowships on Health Performance which took him (and three other AHCJ members) there. “I’m already miles ahead of where I was as a healthcare reporter,” Gulliver writes on his local health site, […]

Reporters use county rankings for analysis

On Feb. 17, rankings of the relative health of counties in each American state were released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. The rankings used data from 13 distinct (mostly federal) sources, including the National Center for Health Statistics, the Census Bureau and the Dartmouth Atlas. With that data, researchers […]

Health reform and the Supreme Court

Sarasota Health News‘ David Gulliver and Health News Florida’s Mary Jo Melone considered exactly how last Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on campaign contributions by corporations would impact the health care lobby and the health reform debate. Their most interesting angle? That health care companies have already spent such gigantic sums of money on lobbying (more […]

Sarasota site hits milestone, wins unusual honor

It’s been three months since AHCJ member David Gulliver launched the nonprofit, online Sarasota Health News, and the site’s celebrating its first quarter with an unusual honor in an annual awards issue from Creative Loafing, the local alternative weekly. Gulliver’s award? Best Reporter Cojones. Creative Loafing explained the honor thus: Accustomed to the bureaucracy of […]

Under 1959 law, hospitals claim right to bill county for charity care

David Gulliver of Sarasota Health News found an almost-surreal local story that demonstrates just how desperate some recession-bitten hospitals have become. There are four major hospitals in the Sarasota area, three for-profit institutions and Memorial Hospital, which receives some subsidies and provides additional services. The three for-profit hospitals, citing an obscure 1959 law, have billed […]