Health care reporting

How to tap into patient reviews of local hospitals

If you haven't examined how your local hospitals performed in the latest Medicare surveys, you're missing out on some important stories with high likely readership. Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News joined us for a chat on how journalists can use the surveys. The surveys, one of the first parts of the Affordable Care Act, probe patient attitudes on such … Read More

Health care coverage is more than numbers

We’ve heard a lot about the website and its performance metrics recently. But the Affordable Care Act metric that really matters isn’t error rates or response time. It’s enrollment. Furthermore, what matters isn’t just how many people enroll – although that’s part of it. It’s also who enrolls – in particular, their age and health status. A mix that includes younger and healthier people is needed for a viable insurance risk pool. And whether that mix has been achieved may not be clear until later in the six-month open-enrollment season. Read More

How to fact-check the health care law

Before the health care law -- aka Obamacare -- the American health care system was a fragmented, confusing patchwork. After the health care law, the American health care system remains a fragmented, confusing patchwork. And there’s no sign that’s going to change anytime soon. I’ve been fact-checking health care for PolitiFact since 2007, and I have to … Read More

How to avoid mistakes in covering the Affordable Care Act

If there’s one thing everyone can agree on about Obamacare, it’s that the law is complicated. Really complicated -- especially for a reporter trying to write about it on a deadline. I’ve spent the past four years writing about the Affordable Care Act for two different newspapers. To this day, I still run into provisions that are … Read More

CNN issues correction, Fox issues statement on Supreme Court reporting mistakes

The ruling has come down: Both CNN and Fox badly bungled their reporting of today's landmark Supreme Court opinion on healthcare. And both organizations have taken very different routes to correcting their mistakes. Here's Fox's correction, via Mediaite: We gave our viewers the news as it happened. When Justice Roberts said, and we read, that the mandate was not valid under the Commerce clause, we reported it. Bill Hemmer even added, be patient as we work through this. Then when we heard and read, that the mandate could be upheld under the government’s power to tax, we reported that as well—all within two minutes. By contrast, one other cable network was unable to get their Supreme Court reporter to the camera, and said as much. Another said it was a big setback for the President. Fox reported the facts, as they came in. And here's CNN's: In his opinion, Chief Justice Roberts initially said that the individual mandate was not a valid exercise of Congressional power under the Commerce Clause. CNN reported that fact, but then wrongly reported that therefore the court struck down the mandate as unconstitutional. However, that was not the whole of the Court’s ruling. CNN regrets that it didn't wait to report out the full and complete opinion regarding the mandate. We made a correction within a few minutes and apologize for the error. Read More