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Here’s the first question you should ask when someone contacts you with a tip about something amiss with a patient’s care: “Can you get access to the medical records?”
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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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The tragedy in Flint continues to fill headlines. But nearly every community is at risk from some form of lead contamination. In our webinar this week, veteran reporters and experts offered journalists fresh ideas for covering such stories.

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HIPAA was designed to protect what’s called “protected health information.” But a rising chorus say the law has been too widely applied and now poses serious barriers to health information for doctors, patients and journalists alike.

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Docs, you have until Dec. 15 to include change in rules on reporting to Medicare on meaningful use of EHRs.  You should swarm to the Federal Register website, seeking leniency for older docs struggling with the transition to technology.

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On January 2, ProPublica and The New York Times co-published “When a Patient’s Death is Broadcast Without Permission,” a powerful article that explored legal and ethical questions posed by ABC’s “NY Med” and similar TV documentaries about actual medical dramas taking place in hospitals....

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Outrage followed news that at least five children died after contracting a fungal infection at the hospital. The hospital didn't tell the parents that other children had died of the same cause. Should they have?

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The University of Kentucky is suing one of its own public radio reporters after the reporter sought records relating to the university's pediatric cardiac surgery program. How did this happen? The university responds with its account of the situation.

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If the local children’s hospital that performs heart surgeries on kids has been suspended and is being investigated, the public deserves to know what’s going on. If the hospital is funded by public dollars, there should not be a fight over letting the public know what’s going on.

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At first, investigating what kind of discipline the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board was meting out to physicians in response to complaints seemed like a straightforward records search. But it ended up being a more complicated process.

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