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Digging into hospital finances (Karl Stark presentation)

Panel: Deciphering the language of hospital finances (Health Journalism 2011)

Speaker: Karl Stark, health & science editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Panel description: More than one-third of all U.S. health costs are spent at hospitals. And these growing monoliths often rank among the biggest employers in town. Yet they face huge fiscal challenges. Many reporters fear to tread this beat. So this session will explore practical ways to learn about your hospital’s finances, including how to get and interpret key documents and find independent sources. Even if you know nothing about finances, we will present at least five steps to find good stories.