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“What you’re hearing is that the pain killer problem has turned into a heroin problem,” Dr. Andrew Kolodny said. “That makes for a good story, but that isn’t really what’s going on.”
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Too often, people experience death in ways deeply at odds with how they'd wish to live out their final days. In a recent webinar, a policy expert and journalist shared ideas for how the U.S. healthcare system navigates the end of life.
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Everyone says health care needs more transparency when it comes to outcomes, but how might that work? And what's holding back efforts to improve care by shining more light on health care outcomes?
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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 new Health Matters webinar this week explored just how different the health care spending map looks when researchers are given access to price and spending data from private insurance plans.

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Rampant consolidation among hospitals and doctors' practices was the theme of our Tuesday webinar with guests Paul B. Ginsburg of USC and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times. Here's a recap of what they had to say on how the trend is shaping U.S. health care, and what might be done in response.

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Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, who works in one of the poorest, most violent places in America, has developed a system that's tackling two of health care's most intrinsic problems: cost and quality of care. Watch a webcast where he discusses his model for care.

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Center for Health Journalism Digital's "Health and the Built Environment Webinar: What Makes a Healthy Environment?" offered ideas for journalists to cover this important issue, which when left unaddressed by the medical community can add significantly to medical costs and patient morbidity.

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It’s easy to fall into clichés and misinformation when writing about the end of life. Here are my five favorite ideas from last week's Association of Health Care Journalists webinar on the subject.

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We are surrounded by data but aren't always harnessing its storytelling potential as effectively as we could be. A free webinar this week will help attendees learn how to better use data to tell more compelling stories about health.

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