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The Commonwealth Fund awarded a grant to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers to develop a two-day symposium in Chicago.

The session, which will be limited to 17 journalists selected through an application process, will be held Nov. 7-8 at Reuters headquarters in downtown Chicago.

It is being sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

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.

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 symposium, like one that SABEW developed with Commonwealth Jan. 17-18 in New York, will be styled for experienced reporters in the topic from media companies nationwide.  Participants will be selected by SABEW with input from an advisory committee, and 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.

The program is one of four training events SABEW will conduct on the topic in 2013.  The first will be a panel discussion on the ACA Oct. 4 at SABEW’s New York conference.  A tele-training event and a webinar are scheduled for Oct. 28 and Nov. 26, respectively.

commonwealth_fund_logoAbout 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.


  • Symposium organizers: Warren Watson, SABEW executive director; John Wasik, author & contributor, Reuters, The New York Times and Forbes
  • Symposium associate: Marty Steffens, SABEW chair, University of Missouri
  • Program: Marty Steffens