The session, limited to 17 journalists selected through an application process, will be held Jan. 17-18 at Reuters headquarters at 3 Times Square.
SABEW and Commonwealth have teamed up before to offer specialized education in healthcare 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 healthcare under Commonwealth’s sponsorship since 2007.
Topic areas expected to be included: Affordable Care Act implementation, state-based healthcare exchanges, Medicare reform, Medicaid, healthcare payment innovation and reform, healthcare data, healthcare bundling and business insurance plans for employees.
By PAULA BURKE
I dropped off my tax stuff with my accountant Monday. But before I did, I called Blue Cross/Blue Shield to get an idea of my out-of-pocket medical expenses for last year. My 11-year-old Jessica had her adenoids out last spring and I thought I may qualify for a deduction for medical expenses on Schedule A (itemized deductions). Read more here…
By KAREN CHEUNG-LARIVEE
A bipartisan bill, backed by the American Medical Association, aims to repeal the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board, a key provision of healthcare reform.
IPAB is a provision in the Affordable Care Act to curb Medicare spending, Sherry Glied (pictured right), former Health & Human Services’ assistant secretary for planning and evaluation during Obama’s first term, explained at last week’s Society of American Business Editors and Writers in New York City. Repealing it would cost $3 billion, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates, noted the Columbia University healthcare policy professor. Read more here…
By KAREN CHEUNG-LARIVEE
The sustainable growth rate formula that determines Medicare cuts to providers will be a high priority for the 113th Congress that started this week, MedPage Today reported. Nevertheless, policy experts at last week’s Society of American Business Editors and Writers in New York City told FierceHealthcare they are less hopeful that the back-and-forth SGR debate will ever end. Read more here…
By KAREN CHEUNG-LARIVEE
It’s a dream that providers, payers, patients, politicians and pundits alike share–controlling healthcare costs.
At a healthcare conference for journalists in New York City last week, it was self-evident that providers have a right to pursue the best care for patients without facing penalties for doing the right thing. Read more here…
By PAMELA YIP
Journalists covering health care boosted their knowledge of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), thanks to top experts in the health care field, who spoke to 17 journalists during a Jan. 17-18 symposium sponsored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Commonwealth Fund. Read more here…
By ELIZABETH O’BRIEN
Not entirely sure what’s in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? You’re hardly alone. Only the most die-hard of policy wonks could claim mastery of the sprawling health-care legislation, which was written by five different congressional committees and runs to nearly 1,000 pages. Read more here…
By PAULA BURKES
Imagine if your doctor — before prescribing a drug or ordering a scan, lab work or some other kind of test — was prompted by a computer screen that told him whether his diagnostic or treatment plans aligned with medical evidence for best health outcomes, and then gave him the choice to change his mind and, or, if Medicare — with its confusing, fragmented parts and differing premiums and deductions for hospital, outpatient and drug care — were collapsed into one health plan like private ones. Read more here…
By WARREN WATSON
SABEW Executive Director
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became the ultimate political and legal football in 2012.
The measure, signed into federal law a few years ago and already partly implemented, became a source of political and legal wrangling as voters went to the polls to either re-elect Democratic President Barrack Obama, whose fortune was closely tied to the law, and the GOP’s Mitt Romney, who dismissed the law as “Obamacare.” Read more here…
Powerpoint Presentation by Ames Alexander, click here.
Powerpoint Presentation by Sherry Glied, click here.
Presentation by Sherry Glied in PDF form, click here.
Powerpoint Presentation by Stuart Guterman, click here.
Powerpoint Presentation by Rachel Klein, click here.
Powerpoint Presentation by E.J. Mitchell, click here.
Symposium schedule is available here.
Sherry Glied is professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. A faculty member since 1989, Glied, is a leading scholar on U.S. health policy reform and mental health care policy.
She served as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama from July 2010 through August 2012. She was chair of the School’s Department of Health Policy and Management from 2002 to 2009. Earlier, Glied was a senior economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents Bush and Clinton, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force.
She has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Glied’s book on health care reform, Chronic Condition, was published by Harvard University Press in January 1998. Her book with Richard Frank, Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the U.S. since 1950, was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 2006.
She is co-editor with Peter C. Smith, of The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics, which was published by the Oxford University Press in 2011.
Blumenthal served from 2009 to 2011 as U.S. National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, with the charge to build an interoperable, private, and secure nationwide health information system and to support the widespread, meaningful use of health IT.
Earlier, Blumenthal was a practicing primary care physician; director of the Institute for Health Policy; and professor of medicine and health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of more than 250 books and scholarly publications.
Kevin Lucia is part of a specialized research team at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reform, where he serves as an assistant research professor and project director. His research includes extensive legal analysis of state and federal health insurance regulation, with an emphasis on access, affordability and adequacy of coverage.
Lucia’s current research centers on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementation on federal and state levels, taking into account existing laws, pending legislation and current market practices.
Formerly, Lucia led the State Market Rules Compliance Team within the Office of Oversight, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). He earned a law degree from the George Washington School of Law and got his master’s degree in health policy from Northeastern University.
Stuart Guterman is a vice president at The Commonwealth Fund and executive director of the Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System. The Commission is charged with promoting a high-performing health system that provides all Americans with affordable access to high-quality, safe care while maximizing efficiency in its delivery and administration.
Guterman also works on payment and delivery system reform issues, including issues related to Medicare policy and coordination of care for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. He was director of the Office of Research, Development, and Information at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2002 to 2005.
Prior to that, he was a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, a principal research associate in the health policy center at the Urban Institute, and deputy director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (and its predecessor, the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission) from 1988 through 1999.
Previously, Guterman was chief of institutional studies in the Health Care Financing Administration’s Office of Research, where he directed the evaluation of the Medicare Prospective Payment System for inpatient hospital services and other intramural and extramural research on hospital payment. He holds an A.B. in Economics from Rutgers College and an M.A. in Economics from Brown University, and did further work toward the Ph.D. in Economics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Peter Frost is a reporter covering the business of medicine and health care for the Chicago Tribune.
Before joining the Tribune in 2012, Frost covered military shipbuilding, international trade and economics for the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., for four years. He worked for three years in the corporate buying office of Marshall Field’s in Minneapolis before switching careers o journalism.
Frost earned degrees at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Ames Alexander is an investigative reporter for the Charlotte Observer who has written about topics including dangerous trends in airline maintenance, slow ambulance service and its deadly consequences and hazardous issues in new home construction.
Alexander’s work has been awarded by groups including the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the American Society of News Editors, the National Press Club and the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism. He and a team of colleagues were Pulitzer finalists for an in-depth series on inner-city crime they wrote in 1995.
Ron Winslow is deputy editor, health and science and a senior medical and health care writer for the Wall Street Journal. In the past 16 years, he has written more than 1,000 articles describing new medical and health care research and chronicling the economic forces transforming the nation’s health care system.
He received the Howard Lewis Award for career achievement from the American Heart Association in 2003 and his work has been honored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and other groups. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and was a founding board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Alex Nussbaum covers the U.S. health-care industry for Bloomberg News. Over four years with the company, he’s written about the health-reform debate, medical devices, Johnson & Johnson’s legal and consumer-recall woes and now focuses on health insurers and hospitals.
Prior to coming to Bloomberg, he spent 10 years covering environmental news for the Bergen Record in Hackensack, NJ. In 2005, he was part of a Record team that won Investigative Editors and Reporters’ top prize for a series on the effects on one local community of decades of pollution from a Ford Motor Co. plant. Nussbaum graduated from Cornell University and lives in northern New Jersey.
Rachel Klein is the Executive Director of a Enroll America, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that began operations in September, 2011. Enroll America focuses entirely on ensuring that the uninsured who will be eligible for new health coverage in 2014 get enrolled in that coverage quickly and easily.
Before coming to Enroll America, Rachel was Deputy Director of Health Policy for Families USA, where she had worked since 1998. Ms. Klein directed Families USA’s work on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), coordinating federal initiatives to strengthen and increase coverage for low-income people, as well as providing technical assistance to state-based health care advocates on a range of issues related to Medicaid and CHIP.
Ms. Klein holds an M.A. in Public Policy from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego.
Katie Keith is an assistant research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms in Washington, D.C. Keith’s principal research focus is on analyzing state and federal regulation of private health insurance and current market practices with an emphasis on monitoring implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Keith has served as a health policy and law researcher on issues ranging from health insurance exchanges, Medicare and Medicaid, public health law, and international health law, among other topics. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Keith worked as a summer associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C., and a health policy intern to U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller, D-WV.
Sarah Dash is a member of the research faculty at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, where she is leading a comprehensive review of state health insurance exchange implementation and its impact on access to affordable, high-quality health care.
Prior to joining the Institute faculty, Dash spent four years on Capitol Hill as a senior health policy aide to U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV, and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., during the development, passage, and early implementation of the Affordable Care Act. There, she advanced health insurance transparency legislation along with other consumer protections in private health insurance markets as well as numerous women’s health measures, and covered Medicare, Medicaid, and public health issues.
Dash also served as senior health policy advisor to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s Presidential campaign, where she developed the candidate’s health care platform.
Ben Geyerhahn manages Small Business Majority’s New York office, while also managing special projects in healthcare, clean energy, access to capital and small business workforce management.
An experienced entrepreneur, Ben has worked in healthcare and benefits policy for the past 10 years. He co-authored the Small Business Majority study “The Impact of Healthcare Reform on New York’s Small Businesses.” He worked with Criterion Ventures on Healthcare Uncovered, a project that tracked the cash market for health insurance services, and has advised social venture capitalists on the purchase of companies that identify and deliver public benefits, such as SCHIP and food stamps. Ben worked with New York State elected officials on the pricing and delivery of Family Health Plus, a state-designed health insurance plan, and with a nonprofit organization on the design of a state healthcare exchange.
Ben is the founder and CEO of BeneStream, a software-based social enterprise that facilitates the enrollment in Medicaid, SCHIP, SNAP and other benefits through unions and employers. The company sprang from a Ford Foundation project undertaken by Hudson TG, a policy and political consulting firm that Ben founded, where he chairs its healthcare and social venture practices. Ben sits on the advisory board of New York State Health Care Exchange, and the Board of Advisors for Maxwell Health, a start-up healthcare wellness company.
Warren Watson has been the executive director of SABEW since 2009.
Warren spent 25 years as a newspaper reporter, editor and executive before moving into journalism education in 1998. He was vice president of the American Press Institute until 2004 when he became director of J-Ideas, a First Amendment institute at Indiana’s Ball State University.
Watson was a co-founder of the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism in 2003. He joined SABEW in August 2009. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Ball State in 2008.
Marty Steffens is SABEW Chair in Business Journalism at the University of Missouri. She worked in the newspaper industry for 30 years, heading up many in-depth and investigative projects. Projects she edited helped change federal laws on military air crashes involving civilians, and court challenges she spearheaded opened family court records in New York.
She worked for the Los Angeles Times, Dayton Daily News, Minneapolis Star, Evansville Courier and St. Paul Pioneer Press. She was executive editor of the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin and San Francisco Examiner. She’s led coverage of all types of disasters, from fires to flash floods and is the co-author of Reporting Disaster on Deadline (Routledge 2012). She has trained journalists in more than 18 countries, weathering a typhoon in Hong Kong and domestic terrorism in Moscow.
Molly Armbrister is a reporter covering real estate, health care and banking at the Northern Colorado Business Report. A native of Colorado, Molly graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Journalism and a minor in English.
Prior to arriving at the Business Report in 2011, Molly held an internship at the Fort Collins Coloradoan, covering everything from community events to crime and courts. Molly is also a member of the 2013 class of Leadership Northern Colorado and has received various awards for volunteerism.
Barbara Benson joined Crain’s New York Business in 1993. Three years later she launched the Crain’s Health Pulse, and served as editor until 2000. She rejoined Crain’s in 2004 to co-write the Pulse. Barbara’s business journalism experience includes reporting as the London-based European editor for Electronic Business, and as a staff reporter at the American Lawyer, Manhattan Lawyer, the Fulton County Daily Report, and Dun’s Business Month.
In addition, her articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Financial Times, Canada’s Globe and Mail, and other publications. She’s a Barnard College graduate, and the mother of twin boys.
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and institutions including Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Since February 2001, she’s worked as a business writer for The Oklahoman state newspaper, specializing in personal finance stories, including health insurance and Medicare, that have far-reaching effects for readers’ lives.
Paula and her 11-year-old daughter, Jessica, live in Edmond, Okla. with Eddie, their husky mix.
Karen Cheung-Larivee is the editor of FierceHealthcare, an online publication geared for hospital executives. She previously worked at HCPro, a B2B healthcare publisher. She also served as a News Editor at Reviewed.com, a division of USA Today, covering consumer electronic technology.
Having trained with The Washington Post photo department, she has covered Capitol Hill for New England dailies as a newspaper photographer. She is a Journalism & Women’s Symposium 2011 fellow and 2012 board member.
Kristen Consilio, a regional award-winning journalist, is the health care reporter for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii’s largest daily newspaper.
She joined Oahu Publications Inc. in 2007 as part of the business reporting staff of the Honolulu Star- Bulletin, which later became the Star-Advertiser after purchasing a competing daily, The Honolulu Advertiser.
Before that, she worked for seven years at Pacific Business News, an American City Business Journals publication, specializing in health care, among other industries.
She also has been published in the International Herald Tribune and New York Times.
Consillio was one of 25 U.S. and international- based journalists selected to participate in a United Nations Foundation Global Health Press Fellowship in 2012 and 2011.
Martha Craver is a native of Washington D.C., growing up just six blocks from the Capitol. While attending McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., she spent her summers back in Washington, working as an intern on Capitol Hill during the summers of the Watergate hearings and the impeachment of Richard Nixon.
After her first summer as an intern she decided on a double major of political science and English literature. Craver received her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.
Her first job kept her in D.C., covering the Pentagon for Air Force Times. Two years later she was promoted to congressional correspondent for Army, Navy and Air Force Times. That was followed by a stint as Washington bureau chief for those military papers. As a reporter/editor for the Kiplinger Letter in Washington, Martha has covered a number of beats — banking, retail, travel, housing — before being assigned to the healthcare beat just as President Clinton was sending his health reform proposal to Congress in 1993.
Jim Doyle, an investigative reporter, covers the health care industry for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he has pressed for greater transparency among nonprofit health systems and explored topics ranging from end of life care to conflicts of interest in tissue transplants.
He worked previously for many years as a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, where his investigative projects included lapses in that city’s ambulance services, heroin trafficking and airline safety.
He has won local, regional and national awards for his work. He received a law degree from George Washington University.
Sarah Gantz is a health care reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal, a weekly newspaper in Baltimore, Md., where she also covers higher education, technology and biotech. Prior to joining the business journal in March, Sarah wrote for the San Francisco Examiner.
Sarah got her start in journalism at her hometown paper in upstate New York, writing about the world’s largest garden gnome, the town’s oldest quilt and other countryside superlatives. Sarah holds a bachelor’s of science in journalism from Boston University.
Amanda Gengler, a writer at Money, covers health care and real estate. She joined the magazine in January 2005. Gengler has discussed finances on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX, as well as radio shows.
A native of Northern California, Gengler moved to the East Coast to earn her bachelor’s in public policy from Hamilton College in upstate New York. She also holds a master’s in journalism degree in business and economic reporting from New York University. Today she resides in New York City.
Caroline Humer is a correspondent at Reuters News, where she covers health insurers and health care and changes that reform is bringing to corporate America. Health is a new beat for Humer, who has worked at Reuters for 11 years and previously covered bankruptcy and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and technology there.
She previously worked for TheStreet.com and for Dow Jones, covering Wall Street and other business news. She is a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism and Penn State University.
Stephanie Innes is medical/health reporter for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. She is four-time employee of the year at the 96,000 daily and won the 2007 Lee President’s Award. Innes, who joined the Daily Star in 1999, has covered other beats, including faith and values. She also covered the pope’s death in Rome and Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans.
In Tucson, she has been an adjunct instructor in Journalism at the University of Arizona.Prior to her time in Arizona, Innes was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, the Globe and Mail in Toronto, the Medill News Service in Washington, D.C., and the Mississauga Business Report magazine in Canada.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Western Ontario, and later a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.
Sara Kennedy is a political and government reporter for The Bradenton Herald in Bradenton, Fla. This year, she led The Herald’s coverage of Tampa’s Republican National Convention, and in 2010, she covered the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster for both her publication and its parent company, McClatchy Newspapers Inc.
Prior to that, she was a member of The Philadelphia Inquirer staff awarded the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. She has also been a recipient of the Ray Bruner Science Writing Fellowship and numerous other journalism awards.
James Nelson has been a journalist at Wisconsin newspapers for 30 years. He’s a deputy business editor and PolitiFact Wisconsin reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state’s largest news organization.
His work as a reporter has included business, local and state news coverage, including the Jeffrey Dahmer arrest, trial and subsequent murder, and the Sept. 11 attacks from Washington D.C.
He’s a journalism instructor at Marquette University, and has lectured at numerous other area colleges and universities. Nelson is the past president of the Milwaukee Press Club and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a double major in economics and political science.
Elizabeth O’Brien is a reporter for MarketWatch, where she recently began covering planning for health care in retirement. She joined MarketWatch
from SmartMoney magazine, where she covered investments.
Elizabeth lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. and holds a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Toluse Olorunnipa has been a reporter with the Miami Herald since 2009, covering a number of beats, including the economy, real estate and politics in Florida.
As a state/politics reporter based in Tallahassee, Toluse has written about economic development, hurricane insurance and health care for the Herald and the Tampa Bay Times.
He has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Bernie E. Glaser Scholarship program.
Toluse has also written for the Wall Street Journal, the Tallahassee Democrat and the Stanford Daily. He is a native of Tallahassee.
Heather Stauffer has been reporting on health care and what it means for business owners in Central Pennsylvania since June 2012, starting just days before the Supreme Court’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act decision.
Prior to joining the staff of the Central Penn Business Journal, she spent several years on the police and courts beat at an area daily newspaper, then segued into book publishing before returning to journalism. She is a native of Lancaster County.
Pamela Yip is the personal finance reporter and columnist for the Dallas Morning News. She also covers issues related to seniors and aging.
She joined the Morning News in 1999 from the Houston Chronicle, where she was the personal finance writer and columnist for nine years.
Yip has won several reporting awards, including one for best business reporting from the Los Angeles Press Club, as well as business reporting awards from the Houston Press Club and the Hearst Corp., the parent company of the Houston Chronicle. She also won an award for public affairs reporting from the Associated Press Managing Editors Council in California .
Yip has a bachelor’s degree from California State University in Sacramento, where she majored in journalism, with a concentration in economics. She attended the Wharton School of Business’ program for financial reporters at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
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.
List of Fellows
Name Organization Email
Molly Armbrister No. Colo. Business Report email@example.com
Barbara Benson Crain’s New York Business firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Burkes The Oklahoman email@example.com
Karen Cheung FierceHealthcare firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Consillio Honolulu Star-Advertiser email@example.com
Martha Craver Kiplinger Letter firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Doyle St. Louis Post-Dispatch email@example.com
Sarah Gantz Baltimore Business Journal firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Gengler Money magazine email@example.com
Caroline Humer Reuters firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star email@example.com
Sara Kennedy Bradenton Herald firstname.lastname@example.org
James Nelson Milwaukee Journal Sentinel email@example.com
Elizabeth O’Brien MarketWatch firstname.lastname@example.org
Toluse Olorunnipa Miami Herald email@example.com
Heather Stauffer Harrisburg Business Journal firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela Yip Dallas Morning News email@example.com
List of Speakers
Name Organization Email
Ames Alexander Charlotte Observer firstname.lastname@example.org
David Blumenthal The Commonwealth Fund email@example.com
Sarah Dash Georgetown University firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Frost Chicago Tribune email@example.com
Ben Geyerhahn Small Business Majority firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherry Glied Former Obama Admin.
Stuart Guterman The Commonwealth Fund email@example.com
Kevin Lucia Georgetown University firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Keith Georgetown University email@example.com
Rachel Klein Enroll America firstname.lastname@example.org
E.J. Mitchell Medicare News Group email@example.com
Alex Nussbaum Bloomberg News firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Steffens SABEW/Missouri email@example.com
Warren Watson SABEW/Phoenix firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Winslow Wall Street Journal email@example.com
- Symposium organizer: Warren Watson, SABEW executive director
- Symposium associate: Marty Steffens, SABEW chair, University of Missouri
- Commonwealth Fund program officer: Barry Scholl, vice president for communications and publishing
- Program: Marty Steffens