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One reporter's intrepid data quest has given reporters nationwide a new look at how their local hospitals rank when it comes to charity care. Check out these datasets for story ideas in your neck of the woods.
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A complaint filed with HHS’ Office of Civil Rights alleges that Medi-Cal’s 13 million beneficiaries do not have adequate health care. Seven million of them are Latinos.
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The health insurance co-ops created under Obamacare have largely turned out to be a massive failure. How did so many co-ops run aground so quickly? A look at their short, troubled history.
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More than two years after the Affordable Care Act took effect, members of Fresno’s traditionally underserved communities still struggle to find proper access, reports 2016 California Fellow Hannah Esqueda.

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In covering the health care workforce beat, just reporting a simple number detailing the size of provider shortages or surpluses can be very misleading, explains researcher Susan Skillman in this tip sheet.

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“We expected to find a larger difference between plans on and off the exchange,” said researcher Simon Haeder. “In both cases, it was very unlikely to get an appointment.”

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This report was produced as a project for the 2015 California Data Fellowship, a program of the Center for Health Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Other stories in the series include:
Sharpening the focus on medical errors
Do penalties reduce medical errors?

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Leading health policy experts zeroed in on problems with the “pay for performance” health care model in our webinar this week. Here's why they say the program needs to "hit the refresh button," and how reporters can cover it.

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A long-deferred attempt to reform mental health care advanced out a House committee this week. Here's a look at how the bill seeks to change "the nation's broken mental health system," and some of the coverage to date.

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Amid rising awareness of maternal depression's harmful effects on children, CMS is telling states they can bill mom's screening and treatment to the child's Medicaid coverage.

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