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17 reporters chosen for health symposium in January in N.Y.; Glied to be keynote speaker

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SPECIAL to SABEW

PHOENIX – Seventeen business journalists from 11 states and the District of Columbia have been chosen as fellows for a special two-day education program on the business of health care, to be conducted by SABEW and sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

The program will be held at Reuters headquarters at 3 Times Square in New York City on Jan. 17-18, announced Warren Watson, executive director of SABEW, the world’s largest and oldest fraternity of business and financial journalists.

It will be the first of several special programs in SABEW’s 50th anniversary year.

The Commonwealth Fund awarded a grant to SABEW to develop the two-day symposium in New York City.

SABEW and Commonwealth have teamed up before to offer specialized education in health care reporting.  It is the fifth such grant the Commonwealth Fund has awarded to SABEW, which has conducted a dozen open workshops and other activities on the business of health care under Commonwealth’s sponsorship since 2007.

“Issues surrounding the nation’s health care continue to be a major business story.  We’re pleased that the Commonwealth Fund is working with us again.  We have a terrific cast of fellows for this program,” said Watson, who is developing the training program and serve as moderator.

The symposium will be geared to reporters with some experience in health care reporting from media companies nationwide.

The fellows were selected through a national application process.

To learn more about The Business of Health Care symposium and to read about this year’s fellows, please visit our event page.

Journalists selected to participate in the program:
·      Kristen Consillio, Honolulu Star Advertiser
·      Jim Doyle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
·      Heather Stauffer, Central Pennsylvania Business Journal
·      Barbara Benson, Crain’s New York Business
·      Caroline Humer, Reuters
·      Elizabeth O’Brien, MarketWatch
·      James Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
·      Stephanie Innes, Arizona Daily Star
·      Sarah Gantz, Baltimore Business Journal
·      Sara Kennedy, Bradenton Herald
·      Karen Cheung, FierceHealthCare
·      Paula Burkes, The Oklahoman
·      Toluse Olorunnipa, Miami Herald
·      Molly Armbrister, Northern Colorado Business Report
·      Pamela Yip, Dallas Morning News
·      Amanda Gengler, Money magazine
·      Martha Craver, Kiplinger Letter
·      Alternate: Jim Spencer, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Sherry Glied, one of the nation’s experts on health reform, will be the opening speaker.  Glied is a leading scholar on health policy reform, having served as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama from 2010 to 2012.

Also speaking will be David Blumenthal M.D., who becomes the new president of The Commonwealth Fund on Jan. 1, 2013.  Blumenthal is one of the nation’s preeminent health information technology experts, foremost health policy scholars and thought leaders on primary care and professionalism.

The symposium schedule is still being developed. Topic areas anticipated: Affordable Care Act implementation, state-based health care exchanges, Medicare reform, Medicaid, health care payment innovation and reform, health care data, health care bundling and business insurance plans for employees.

About The Commonwealth Fund:
With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children and elderly adults.

The Commonwealth Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy.

For more information about the program, contact SABEW executive director Warren Watson at watson@sabew.org or call 1-602-496-5186.

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