17 chosen as fellows for SABEW healthcare workshop in Chicago, Nov. 7-8

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PHOENIX – Seventeen journalists have been chosen as fellows to attend a special symposium on the business of health care Nov. 7-8.

The fellows chosen through an application process, represent 10 states and the District of Columbia.

The fellows are:

Kristen Scholrich/Crain’s Chicago Business/Chicago

Catherine Larkin/Bloomberg/Chicago/Chicago

Jim Spencer/Minneapolis Star Tribune/Washington, D.C.

Jay Greene/Crain’s Detroit Business/Detroit

Vanessa Renderman/Times of NW Indiana/Munster, Ind.

Wooty Sixel/Houston Chronicle/Houston

John Wasik/Forbes,Reuters/Grayslake, Ill.

Tia Mitchell/Tampa Bay Times/Tallahassee, Fla.

Tami Luhby/CNN Money/New York

Doug Whiteman/Bankrate.com/N. Palm Beach, Fla.

Dennis Domrzalska/Albuquerque Business First/Albuquerque

Kevin McKenzie/Memphis Commercial Appeal/Memphis

Hilary Lau/D CEO Magazine/Dallas

Kate Smith/Financial Times/New York

Tom Murphy/The Associated Press/Indianapolis

Laurence Hammack/RoanokeTimes/Roanoke, Va.

J.K. Wall/Indianapolis Business Journal/Indianapolis

The session, sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, will be held at Reuters headquarters in downtown Chicago.

The Commonwealth Fund awarded a $35,000 grant to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers to develop the symposium, as well as three other education events in the second half of 2013. The first event, a live panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act and its enrollment process, was held Oct. 4 at SABEW’s annual fall conference in New York City.

A tele-training event and a webinar are scheduled for Oct. 28 and Nov. 26, respectively. Each will explore the Affordable Care Act and health reform.

SABEW and Commonwealth have teamed up before to offer specialized education in healthcare reporting. It is the sixth 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.

The Chicago symposium, like one that SABEW developed with Commonwealth Jan. 17-18 in New York, will be styled for experienced reporters in the topic.  Participants will be selected by SABEW with input from an advisory committee.  They will be given fellowships that cover travel, hotel and other costs for the New York program.

Topic areas expected to be included: Affordable Care Act implementation, marketing of the changes, healthcare bundling, state-based healthcare exchanges, Medicare and Medicaid reform, Medicaid, healthcare payment innovation and reform, and how businesses will deal with 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. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.

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