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Health Journalism 2011: Localizing national health care investigations

Maurice Tamman of The Wall Street Journal talks about quest to get the Medicare claims database.Not every journalist or media organization has a budget to back up long-term and expensive investigations into health care or other issues. Not anymore. Yet all can take information found in national stories and create a story relevant for local audiences, according to panelists at Health Journalism 2011.

And doing so will help make positive change for a health-care system that is "very fundamentally broken," noted Charles Ornstein, senior reporter at New York-based ProPublica, board president of Association of Health Care Journalists and moderator for Friday's session of "Localizing national health investigations."

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