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California hospitals are facing a $22 billion decrease in Medicare funding by 2022, according to industry analysts, forcing many hospitals to evaluate how they will stay afloat. One solution is converting some hospitals to a Critical Access Hospital, but what will this mean for patients?

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Great study out this week from John A. Hartford Foundation on lack of usage of Medicare wellness benefit that is no cost to seniors under the Affordable Health Care Act

 

Here's Forbes take on the story. And there are plenty of related potential stories out there. Do seniors and their doctors know and care about this?

 

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A new database of health care costs, praise for Millenials and doctors in Libya, in today's Daily Briefing.

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Consumers Union is offering a great opportunity for people focused on health care and health journalism to make their voices heard.

From now until next Friday, Feb. 25, Consumer Union’s Safe Patient Project will be gathering opinions from people about Medicare’s new Physician Compare site to submit as part of Medicare’s open comment period on the site.

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The Wall Street Journal’s Mark Schoofs and Maurice Tamman have been dismantling Medicare’s claims database piece by piece for months in a series of blockbuster stories under the umbrella “Secrets of the System.”

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As 2011 unfolds, I’d like to share some of my favorite health journalism – some but not all of it policy-related – from 2010. This is definitely not a best-of list, but rather journalism that can inspire and teach us.  Here are my first five picks, and below are my second five, in no particular order of importance. Do you have other recommendations for must-read health journalism from last year? Share it in the comments below.

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Medicare’s new consumer information site, Physician Compare, promises the same gold mine of data patients find when they use Hospital Compare or Nursing Home Compare. But, unlike those sites, Physician Compare does not keep its promises.

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Promises, threats and predictions about health care fill our first Daily Briefing of 2011!

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U.S. children and teens have struggled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior for much of the past decade. Join us as we explore the systemic causes and policy failures that have accelerated the crisis and its inequitable impact, as well as promising community-driven approaches and evidence-based practices. The webinar will provide fresh ideas for reporting on the mental health of youth and investigating the systems and services. Sign-up here!

The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors and a social media consultant to join its team. Learn more about the positions and apply.

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