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Thursday, April 7
 

8:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

Access denied: How to get the story anyway
We all know the roadblocks – human and other – that journalists encounter in reporting stories. But great journalism is published every day – proof that the obstacles aren’t insurmountable. Hear from a panel of experienced journalists on how to get around unhelpful public information officers, obstreperous government agencies and media managers who are keener on promotion than the public interest. Bring your best ideas and strategies to share with colleagues.Some advance reading:Boston Globe exposé by Kay LazarFOIA tipsheet by Fred Schulte

Moderators
avatar for Irene M. Wielawski

Irene M. Wielawski

Irene M. Wielawski is an independent writer and editor specializing in health care and policy topics. Previously, she was a health care writer for newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, where she served on the investigations team. Her work (www.irenewielawski.com) has appeared... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kay Lazar

Kay Lazar

Kay Lazar is a health reporter at The Boston Globe who specializes in public health, aging, and medical marijuana coverage. Her experience combines print and broadcast, including reporting positions at The Portland Press Herald in Maine and New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press, and network... Read More →
avatar for Fred Schulte

Fred Schulte

Fred Schulte is a senior reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. He is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative projects on Baltimore’s arcane ground rents, excessive heart surgery deaths in veterans’ hospitals, substandard Medicaid plans and the hidden dangers... Read More →
avatar for Madeline Vann

Madeline Vann

Madeline Vann, M.P.H., is an independent health journalist based in Williamsburg, Va. Previously, she was a public information officer with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, based in New Orleans, and, later, worked in public relations with the Tulane University Health Sciences... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
BB King

9:00am EDT

Writing workshop: Finding the beating heart
Too much journalism suffers from “notebook dump” as the reporter tries to share every fact, quote, study and source. The resulting articles are jam-packed with information, but dense and daunting to the reader. This lively workshop will offer strategies for finding the heart of a story — the central theme or focus — to create compelling reads that puts valuable information into context, flow and meaning. We’ll explore story centers and structures to support those centers.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski is a veteran newspaper journalist who teaches at the Missouri School of Journalism as the Knight chair in editing, at the Poynter Institute and in workshops around the world. In 1988, her series “AIDS in the Heartland” won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Elvis

9:00am EDT

Reporting on medical studies
Medical studies are usually full of jargon and impenetrable statistics, and they often don't tell the whole story. In this session, you'll learn from the team behind Health News Review how to identify hype in press releases and studies, and from the AHCJ medical studies core topic leader how to read clinical trials with confidence. We'll review statistics, and discuss how often studies are wrong.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Haelle

Tara Haelle

Tara Haelle is a freelance health/science and multimedia journalist specializing in vaccines, infectious disease, pediatrics, women’s health, mental health and medical research. She is AHCJ’s medical studies core topic leader and coauthor of “The Informed Parent: A Science-Based... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Lomangino

Kevin Lomangino

Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org, a project that evaluates journalism and other media messages related to health care interventions. As a journalist-reviewer for the site since 2009, Lomangino has evaluated hundreds of stories and news releases from a... Read More →
avatar for Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky, M.D., is the vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today, co-founder of the MacArthur Foundation- and Arnold Foundation-funded Retraction Watch, and distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. He... Read More →
avatar for Gary J. Schwitzer

Gary J. Schwitzer

Gary J. Schwitzer has been publisher of HealthNewsReview.org for 10 years. He worked in television news for 15 years – including at CNN. He helped write AHCJ’s Statement of Principles and wrote AHCJ’s “Covering Medical Research.” He has presented more than 100 health journalism... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Rolling Stones

11:15am EDT

Covering the spectrum of health stories on the local scene
This session will help you find and localize the health stories that matter to your community and cover them in an effective and meaningful way on the local scene, where limited resources and tight day-of deadlines are the norm. We discuss best practices and important local and national resources to use to improve your health reporting. Panelists have diverse backgrounds to help you cover different health topics, including patient stories, research, and the business of health. This panel can help television and print journalists alike.

Moderators
avatar for Katie Gibas

Katie Gibas

Katie Gibas is a weekend anchor and weekday reporter for Time Warner Cable News in Buffalo, N.Y. Gibas is a statewide health reporter and hosts TWC News’ national half-hour Healthy Living show every month. She has won awards from the New York Associated Press and Syracuse Press... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Drury

Tracey Drury

Tracey Drury is a reporter for Buffalo Business First, part of American City Business Journals. With 25 years of experience, she has covered the business of medicine and health care in Buffalo and Western New York for nearly eight years, along with the business of nonprofits, which... Read More →
avatar for Patti Singer

Patti Singer

Patti Singer is the clean living reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y. She covers all the domains of health from the perspective of the consumer. She has developed special interest in poverty and violence as public health issues. As an early user of a high-deductible... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Elvis

11:15am EDT

Science: Breaking down obesity
Your audience is hungry for stories about weight loss, but journalists must be careful: Between celebrity doctors, Internet marketing and late-night TV sales pitches, it’s easy to lead your audience astray. Our expert panel will give you the resources you need to find real, science-tested techniques and studies on diet, nutrition, obesity and weight loss. This panel will focus on the science, not public health policy, consumers can benefit from. You’ll come away from the session with the tools you need understand and whittle through an inbox on weight loss pitches and turn them into usable stories for your audience.

Moderators
avatar for Abe Aboraya

Abe Aboraya

Abe Aboraya is a health reporter for WMFE-Orlando and for Health News Florida. He started out in print journalism and transitioned to radio in 2014. Last year, Health News Florida launched a series looking at the growing HIV rates in Florida and who is most affected by the virus... Read More →

Speakers
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Bartolome Burguera

Bartolome Burguera, M.D, Ph.D., is director of obesity programs at Cleveland Clinic. He is professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and the medical director of the Medical Weight Management Program at the Bariatric... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Rolling Stones

1:45pm EDT

Freelance: Practical tools for building a thriving business (Part 1)
Journalism may be a labor of love but it’s also a livelihood. This panel of successful freelance writers will share their secrets, including how to build a niche, how to market yourself, and how to stay organized so you can balance a mix of assignments – and your personal life. Our panelists will discuss how to create a work flow that blends the bread-and-butter pieces you need to survive and the passion projects that will take your career to the next level. We will have some practical business (and even tax-related) tips as well as handouts with advice and helpful resources.

Moderators
avatar for Michele Cohen Marill

Michele Cohen Marill

Michele Cohen Marill is an independent journalist based in Atlanta and a contributing editor of Atlanta magazine. She has written for WebMD magazine, Proto, Nature Medicine, Good Housekeeping and many other publications.

Speakers
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Eileen Beal

Eileen Beal, M.A., has been a freelance writer – covering health care, aging and the overlap between the two – since the late 1990s. Prior to that, she was assistant editor at Cleveland Jewish News (where she started the paper’s HealthBeat section). She has written four health-related... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn is the co-author of “The Death of Cancer” and author of “The Empty Room: Understanding Sibling Loss.” She has written for Discover, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, MedPage Today, Self, More, Harper’s Bazaar, Health and... Read More →
avatar for Linda Marsa

Linda Marsa

Linda Marsa is a contributing editor at Discover magazine and author of “Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health.”


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Rolling Stones

1:45pm EDT

Rating health care providers: When journalists measure quality
A growing number of journalistic organizations, including Consumers’ Checkbook, Consumer Reports, ProPublica and U.S. News & World Report, publish ratings of hospitals, surgeons and other healthcare providers. These ratings are widely discussed – and frequently controversial. This session will cover (a) why quality ratings matter to patients, hospitals and taxpayers, (b) why ratings are hard to “get right,” (c) how ratings can promote health care transparency and accountability, and (d) how other reporters can use ratings in their high-impact, localized reporting.

Moderators
avatar for Ben Harder

Ben Harder

Ben Harder is chief of health analysis and managing editor of U.S. News and World Report, overseeing the data analysis behind the publication’s hospital rankings and ratings, its directory of more than 800,000 physicians, and other health care consumer-decision support tools. Harder... Read More →

Speakers
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Marshall Allen

Marshall Allen is a reporter for ProPublica. He helped create the news organization’s Surgeon Scorecard, which calculated and published the complication rates of about 17,000 surgeons, allowing patients to choose the safest places to go for common operations. Allen enjoys using... Read More →
avatar for Doris Peter

Doris Peter

Doris Peter, Ph.D. is the director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, part of the nonprofit organization, Consumer Reports. She leads multidisciplinary teams that develop consumer-friendly translations and presentations of data to help consumers understand comparisons... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Elvis

1:45pm EDT

The maternal health gap: How the United States lags in infant and maternal mortality
Hear from an expert about a new report showing how the United States compares to other countries on infant and maternal mortality. It will be posted online and distributed during this session. The workshop will explore trends over time for causes of death in children in the United States, including the prevalence of prematurity and possible correlations of premature death, looking at immunization coverage, health insurance coverage and maternal education.


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
BB King

3:15pm EDT

Fact-checking ACA statements during an election year
The public has a hard enough time understanding anything to do with the Affordable Care Act. It doesn’t help when political candidates, from president down to city council, include half-truths or outright falsehoods in their campaign speeches or materials. Two national health journalists share tips on how to help set the record straight. They’ll provide some questionable zingers heard so far and offer suggestions of great go-to sources for quick reality checks about the facts.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner

Julie Rovner is the Robin Toner Distinguished fellow at Kaiser Health News. Before joining KHN she was NPR Health Policy Correspondent for 16 years, covering the passage and implementation of the ACA, among other stories. She is the author of the critically-praised reference book... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Elvis

3:15pm EDT

Freelance: Practical tools for building a thriving business (Part 2)
Experienced journalists will share their tips on managing clients and story flow, finances and time. This hands-on session will cover issues critical to a freelance business, such as projecting your revenue and tracking your income; balancing the flow of clients so that you’ll have a steady pipeline of work; and knowing how much to charge when asked your fee. Panelists will offer practical advice on lessons learned, including a self-assessment guide that will help you figure out what's working in your writing career, what needs to be improved, and how to take the necessary steps to bring your freelance career forward.

Moderators
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Bara L. Vaida

Bara L. Vaida is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist with 25 years of experience. She has covered health care policy and consumer issues since 2010 and has been a freelancer since 2011. She has written for the National Journal, The Washington Post, WebMD, Health Affairs, Cancer Today... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeanne Erdmann

Jeanne Erdmann is an award-winning health and science writer based in Wentzville, Mo. Her work has appeared in Discover, Women’s Health, Aeon, Slate, The Washington Post, Nature, Nature Medicine and other publications. She is co-founder of The Open Notebook, a craft-focused website... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Fauteux

Nicole Fauteux

Nicole Fauteux developed her reporting skills as a documentarian and public television producer before turning to writing two decades ago. In 2013, she formed Propensity, a writing and editing firm specializing in reporting on emerging challenges and promising innovations in the areas... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Reynolds Lewis

Katherine Reynolds Lewis

Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning independent journalist in Washington D.C. covering work, parenting and education. Katherine regularly contributes to Fortune, USA Today's magazines, Washington Post and Working Mother. Her freelance articles have appeared in TheAtlantic.com... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Rolling Stones

4:30pm EDT

Newcomer welcome
First-time conference attendees are invited to meet members of AHCJ's board of directors and learn how to make the most of the conference.

Thursday April 7, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Elvis

6:00pm EDT

Roundtable: Covering the health angles of cities facing crises
The past few years have seen many U.S. cities in turmoil as they grapple with a range of challenges from shootings and protests and aging infrastructure and contamination. Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis and others must not only face such challenging circumstances but also the trickle-down effect on the health care and resident's well-being. How do urban areas focus on health amid concerns over police interactions with citizens and distrust of local government, while also recognizing the impact of race and socio-economic issues that have bubbled to the surface during an uneven economic recovery? Hear from city health leaders about their successes and challenges as well as strategies to target health during tumultuous times. Discover what the health stories may be if your city erupts, and leave prepared with angles to cover it.

Moderators
avatar for Susan Heavey

Susan Heavey

Susan Heavey is AHCJ’s topic leader covering the social determinants and disparities that impact health. As a reporter for Reuters, she focuses on health, education and income & inequality issues. Based in Washington, D.C., Heavey covered health care for more than a decade, reporting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Natoya J. Walker Minor

Natoya J. Walker Minor

Natoya J. Walker Minor, M.P.A., serves as the chief of public affairs for the City of Cleveland. Her career as a public servant spans 25 years in public administration and policy in municipal government, nonprofit, and government consulting. She has earned executive leadership certificates... Read More →
avatar for Melba Moore

Melba Moore

Melba Moore, M.S., C.P.H.A., is director of health for the City of St. Louis Department of Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Webster University and a master’s degree in health management from Lindenwood University. She holds certification as a public health... Read More →
avatar for Leana S. Wen

Leana S. Wen

Leana S. Wen, M.D., M.Sc., is the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. An emergency physician and patient and community advocate, she leads the oldest health department in the United States, formed in 1793, with an annual budget of $130 million and over 1,000 employees. Before accepting... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
David Bowie

7:30pm EDT

“Welcome to Cleveland” reception
Join us for food, drinks and conversation to kick off Health Journalism 2016. Mingle with new members and catch up with old friends. Meet-up spots will be designated for conference fellows.The Global Center for Health Innovation is a Cuyahoga County-owned showcase for the latest in health care innovation, technology, education and commerce. The state-of-the-art spaces surrounding the atrium comprise four themed floors:1st floor – Health and Home2nd floor – People, Patients and Caregivers3rd floor – Clinical Spaces4th floor – Health Care Information TechnologyThe Global Center has arranged to open these floors and the display rooms run by a variety of organizations to informal tours by our attendees this evening. Take a peek at some of these dynamic spaces and latest technology.Feel free to wander the upper floors where we have placed tonight’s dessert tables. Also, bars on each floor will feature signature drinks. Use your AHCJ token for a beverage on the first floor and a Global Center token for a drink on one of these upper floors.

Thursday April 7, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Atrium
 
Friday, April 8
 

7:00am EDT

Breakfast buffet available
Friday April 8, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am EDT
Elvis

8:00am EDT

News briefing
Friday April 8, 2016 8:00am - 8:50am EDT
Elvis

9:00am EDT

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s: Trends to watch in 2016 and beyond
Neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, are among the hottest topics in health care and research today. This panel focuses on how health journalists can seek out the stories that aren't being told and look for new ways to tell the stories we only thought we knew. What exactly is it about exercise that may ward off Alzheimer's or relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's? What might the rise of biomarkers mean for preventing dementia – and can recent declines in dementia be sustained? What's the real promise of high-tech brain imaging before symptoms even arise? Which are the trials to watch – and how can patients get involved?

Moderators
avatar for Charlotte Sutton

Charlotte Sutton

Charlotte Sutton, M.P.H., is the health and science editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she directs the paper’s award-winning coverage of medical issues for both print and online. She joined the Inquirer in March 2015 from the Tampa Bay Times, where she was health and medicine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alan Lerner

Alan Lerner

Alan Lerner, M.D., is a behavioral neurologist with two decades of experience in conducting clinical research studies focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and new treatments. His studies include new dementia prevention studies both by risk factor reduction and use of experimental medications... Read More →
avatar for Stephen M. Rao

Stephen M. Rao

Stephen M. Rao, Ph.D., is the Ralph and Luci Schey chair of the Schey Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Cleveland Clinic. He has written more than 170 scientific papers, book chapters and books. His research applies advanced neuroimaging techniques to understand disruption... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Walter

Benjamin Walter

Benjamin Walter, M.D., is an associate professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University and the director of the Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center, medical director of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program and the Penni and Stephen Weinberg chair in brain health at University... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Bruce Springsteen

9:00am EDT

Freelance: Expand your success with multimedia storytelling
With so many great health journalists out there, it’s important to distinguish yourself in this ever-changing market. Stay competitive by learning how to pitch and produce packages that include print, web content, photo essays, video and audio. Learn how to package your story pitches for success. Hear from panelists who have expanded to add video and photography, and how it adds to the value of their pitches, as well as how it can expand the brand. The discussion will include how to get started, what gear you need, how to see story in a different way. We will also discuss the bottom line: Is it really profitable for your journalistic model?

Moderators
avatar for Andrea King Collier

Andrea King Collier

Andrea King Collier has been a full-time independent health care journalist for nearly 30 years. She covers health, health care and health care policy for print and online publications such as NBC, Essence, More, Neurology Now, Next Avenue and others.

Speakers
avatar for Katti Gray

Katti Gray

Katti Gray is an independent journalist covering health, criminal justice and education news and has been published by, among others, ABCNews.com, CBSNews.com, CNN.com, Colorlines.com, TheCrimeReport.com, DailyYonder.com, DailyRx.com, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Ebony, Essence... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Eric Clapton

9:00am EDT

Localizing stories on organ transplantation
Transplants are unique among medical procedures in the developed world, because even with enough money, not everyone who needs one can get one. We’ll talk about how to investigate disparities in organ transplantation and the special issues facing patients and transplant centers in your area. We’ll show you how to find and compare national, regional, state, and center-specific data online. Learn how to cover new and emerging fields, including face transplants and uterus transplants.

Moderators
avatar for Nancy Lapid

Nancy Lapid

Nancy Lapid is editor in charge of Reuters Health, the consumer and professional medical news division of Thomson Reuters. Before joining Thomson Reuters full time in 2010, Lapid worked for the company as a freelance medical reporter. She also spent decades helping medical researchers... Read More →

Speakers
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David Wahlberg

David Wahlberg has been the health reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison since 2005. He previously covered health and other topics at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ann Arbor (Mich.) News, San Bernardino (Calif.) Sun and Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald. His projects on... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
The Beatles

9:00am EDT

Providing care as society sees a new gender spectrum
Health care providers working with patients who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender know their patients often are at high risk for disease such as HIV. That makes it especially important that the care they provide includes understanding the community the patients live in as well.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Shedden

Mary Shedden

Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media in Tampa, Fla. Since arriving at WUSF in 2013, she has worked as a reporter and as editor of the Health News Florida journalism collaborative of NPR affiliates in Tampa, Miami and Orlando. Her work, including stints at The Tampa Tribune... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cecile A. Unger

Cecile A. Unger

Cecile A. Unger, M.D., is a urogynecologist at the Cleveland Clinic. She completed a fellowship in Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, where she is a member of the professional staff. Her practice includes women with pelvic floor disorders and those who need complex... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
The Supremes

9:00am EDT

The health law at 6 - still having growing pains
Six years after passage, the Affordable Care Act remains as controversial as ever. How are state officials balancing their obligations to implement the law, with the political antagonism toward the law? What are the biggest challenges going into 2017 – particularly as exchange enrollment is lower than anticipated and the people signing up tend to be in poorer health? How does the uncertainty about the law’s fate shape state policymaking? And will we ever be able to move on? Join our panel of experts to explore these ongoing issues and generate stories in this combative election year.

Moderators
avatar for Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen is AHCJ’s health reform topic leader and the executive editor, health care, for Politico. She has covered health care in Washington for more than 20 years, and was a Kaiser Family Foundation fellow writing about palliative care and end of life in 2006-07. Her work has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson serves as chief policy officer at the Washington State Health Care Authority and leads the Division of Policy, Planning and Performance. He oversees policy development and deployment, performance management, legislative and tribal affairs and strategic health purchasing... Read More →
avatar for Trish Riley

Trish Riley

Trish Riley is executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy; she served as the organization’s chief executive officer from 1988-2003. She led Maine’s Governor’s Office of Health Policy and Finance and was the federal liaison during the Affordable Care Act... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Fleetwood Mac

10:40am EDT

Covering the intersection of infrastructure and public health
This session will track the experience of the Flint water crisis through the eyes of a local church leader and a member of the Virginia Tech team that provided data to show how the city’s water supply became a pathway to poison. The discussion will expand to other infrastructure problems in older homes, considering how lead poisoning can be viewed as an issue of environmental equity, as well as the role media can and should play in reporting such stories.

Moderators
avatar for Kay Colby

Kay Colby

Kay Colby is a seven time Emmy award-winning journalist who serves as health producer for ideastream, Cleveland’s PBS/NPR station. Prior to joining ideastream, Colby ran PHTV Inc., a production company funded by the National Institutes of Health to develop outreach campaigns for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emily Garner

Emily Garner

Emily Garner is a graduate student at Virginia Tech where she is a member of the Flint Water Study team. She is pursuing a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering and is studying the occurrence of emerging microbial contaminants, including antibiotic resistant bacteria and... Read More →
avatar for Wornie Reed

Wornie Reed

Wornie Reed, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology and Africana studies and director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center at Virginia Tech University. He is past president of the National Congress of Black Faculty and the national Association of Black Sociologists. Reed, a medical... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
Eric Clapton

10:40am EDT

Defining a “good” death — and how to cover it
This panel will focus on the ethical, medical, patient and family issues journalists need to be covering when they are writing about dying, end-of-life care and a “good” death. We will discuss the changed landscape of dying, what it takes to achieve a “good” death, who chooses the “good” death option, the challenges family members and the health care system have with letting go, the language of death and dying and tips for covering what a “good” death is – and isn’t.

Moderators
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Eileen Beal

Eileen Beal, M.A., has been a freelance writer – covering health care, aging and the overlap between the two – since the late 1990s. Prior to that, she was assistant editor at Cleveland Jewish News (where she started the paper’s HealthBeat section). She has written four health-related... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Daly

Barbara Daly

Barbara Daly, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., is the Gertrude Perkins Oliva professor in oncology nursing in the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She has been the director of clinical ethics at University Hospitals Case Medical Center for the... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Rand

Ellen Rand

Ellen Rand has been a journalist for more than 40 years, including five years as a housing columnist for The New York Times. She is a hospice volunteer with Holy Name Medical Center in Bergen County, N.J. She is the author of “Last Comforts: Notes from the Forefront of Late-Life... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Vigil Schattinger

Lisa Vigil Schattinger

Lisa Vigil Schattinger, M.S.N., R.N., is chair of Ohio End of Life Options and has been sharing her family’s experience following her step-father’s death using Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. She advocates for Death with Dignity laws as well as the need for people to understand... Read More →
avatar for Charles V. Wellman

Charles V. Wellman

Charles V. Wellman, M.D., a board-certified hospice physician and fellow in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, has more than 30 years of experience in hospice medicine. For 17 years he has been chief medical officer of Hospice of the Western Reserve. He has been... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
The Beatles

10:40am EDT

Medicine via smartphone: New ways to deliver health care
Health care is a growing use of today’s smartphones. Patients can video chat with doctors from their homes, while tracking, recording and sending vital medical information like blood sugar levels – not just the number of steps you’ve taken that day – to doctors. But with this technology comes serious questions reporters need to know about the viability, safety, effectiveness and regulation of the technology and how patients use it. This panel seeks to peel back the curtain to detail current uses and issues journalists should be asking as mobile technology continues to infiltrate our lives.

Moderators
avatar for David Pittman

David Pittman

David Pittman is an eHealth reporter for Politico Pro where he covers the intersection of health and technology policy, including telemedicine and electronic health records. Before joining Politico in May 2014, Pittman served as the lone Washington reporter for the health news website... Read More →

Speakers
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Henry DePhillips

Henry DePhillips, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Teladoc’s chief medical officer, is experienced in the practice of medicine, medical management and health informatics. DePhillips has held leadership positions in health care consulting, health insurance and health care information technology... Read More →
avatar for Curtis L. Lowery

Curtis L. Lowery

Curtis L. Lowery, M.D., is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and the chairperson for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Lowery facilitated the process by which Arkansas insurance reimburses telemedicine, promoted telemedicine... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
Fleetwood Mac

10:40am EDT

Will innovative cancer care reach patients?
The recent advances in targeted therapy, immunotherapy and genomics are revolutionizing how cancer care will be delivered over the next few years. What does this mean for oncologists and patients and what therapeutic strategies are being developed to ensure effective long-term treatment? How can reporters separate facts from hype? The panel discussion will include how policy can affect treatment.

Moderators
avatar for Eric T. Rosenthal

Eric T. Rosenthal

Eric T. Rosenthal is an independent journalist who covers issues, controversies, and trends in oncology as special correspondent for MedPage Today. A guest blogger for PBS/WETA-TV’s cancerfilms.org “Producers” Blog,” he was formerly special correspondent for Oncology Times... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brian Bolwell

Brian Bolwell

Brian Bolwell, M.D., F.A.C.P., chairman of the Taussig Cancer Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, is responsible for all clinical, financial, academic, operational, professional and strategic issues pertaining to cancer medicine. He was director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program... Read More →
avatar for Stanton L. Gerson

Stanton L. Gerson

Stanton L. Gerson, M.D., has been director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center since 2003. Gerson is the Asa and Patricia Shiverick-Jane Shiverick (Tripp) professor of hematological oncology and founding director of the Ohio Wright... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas J. Petrelli

Nicholas J. Petrelli

Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., is the Bank of America Endowed medical director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware and professor of surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. He spent 22 years at Roswell Park Cancer Institute... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen

10:40am EDT

Covering safety net medical providers and their patients: Super-utilizers and their stories
Safety net hospitals, which serve high numbers of poor and uninsured patients, face increasing pressure in an era of payment reform and quality transparency. More frequently the institutions find they must expand beyond their walls to address social determinants, factors that impact how their patient populations use health care services. Panelists will discuss the new challenges they face as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and give insight to help you find safety net hospital stories in your community.

Moderators
avatar for Sabriya Rice

Sabriya Rice

Sabriya Rice reports on quality of care and patient-safety issues for Modern Healthcare Magazine. She previously wrote and produced for the medical unit of CNN, where she contributed to the Empowered Patient column and the weekly medical program formerly called “Housecall with Dr... Read More →

Speakers
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Pamela Crider

Pamela Crider, C.N.P., works with the geriatric population with multiple co-morbidities. She works in the Senior Health and Wellness Center at MetroHealth and is the clinical director of The Red Carpet Care Program, working on a super utilizer project which includes home visits. Crider... Read More →
avatar for Beth Feldpush

Beth Feldpush

Beth Feldpush, Dr.P.H., is senior vice president for advocacy and policy at America’s Essential Hospitals. Feldpush previously worked at the American Hospital Association and Government Accountability Office. She serves as adjunct faculty at George Washington University.
avatar for William Steiner

William Steiner

William Steiner, M.D., Ph.D., is interim president and medical director of University Hospitals Accountable Care Organizations. He is a general internist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and assistant clinical professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
The Supremes

1:40pm EDT

Antibiotics in the food supply
Consumer demand for meat and poultry raised without antibiotics is soaring. Antibiotic-free chicken and turkey has become widely available, and pressure is mounting for pork and beef suppliers to follow suit. But what does the “antibiotics free” label really mean for consumer health? Are there some acceptable uses of antibiotics in commercial livestock production? And who’s setting the standards? This panel will bust through the marketing hype and give reporters a solid scientific grounding to report the issue in their own communities.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Chris Jaklevic

Mary Chris Jaklevic

Mary Chris Jaklevic is a Chicago-based freelance journalist and former member of AHCJ’s board of directors.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan Kaplan directs the Food and Agriculture Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Prior to joining NRDC, Kaplan directed programs at San Francisco BayKeeper and Environment California, leading regulatory, legislative and public outreach initiatives addressing pesticides... Read More →
avatar for Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna, an independent journalist based in Atlanta, contributes to National Geographic and writes for Wired, Scientific American, Nature, Slate, The Atlantic and others about public health, global health and food policy. She is the author of the award-winning books “Superbug... Read More →
avatar for Laura Rogers

Laura Rogers

Laura Rogers is deputy director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University, which engages in research, advocacy and science-based policy to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics. Previously, Rogers was director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 1:40pm - 3:00pm EDT
The Supremes

1:40pm EDT

Cybersecurity: Understanding the risk
Health care providers are increasingly under attack by cyber criminals – executives are reporting malware, botnets and other external threats every day. And aside from external attacks, health providers face internal abuse, errors and other security breaches. As nearly every aspect of health care becomes more digital, protecting patient records and the electronic infrastructure is paramount. This session will you gain better understanding the nature of the threats and how health care IT leaders are shoring up their defenses.

Moderators
avatar for Russ Mitchell

Russ Mitchell

Russ Mitchell is managing editor for California Healthline. He has covered the convergence of business, technology, science and public policy for nearly 30 years. Mitchell worked 10 years at Business Week magazine before becoming managing editor of Wired in the 1990s. He has served... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lee Kim

Lee Kim

Lee Kim, J.D., F.H.I.M.S.S., is director of privacy and security at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and a fellow of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology. HIMSS leads efforts to optimize... Read More →
avatar for Brook Watts

Brook Watts

Brook Watts, M.D., is chief quality officer and acting chief, informatics and analytics at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and associate professor, Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University. She completed her medical... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 1:40pm - 3:00pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen

1:40pm EDT

The tyranny of geography: Place, race and the social determinants of health
By now we all know the statistics. Where we live, eat, play, work and go to school has a much larger overall impact on our health than any time we spend at a doctor’s office. In Cleveland, residents living in the city’s East Side Hough neighborhood have a life expectancy about 24 years shorter, on average, than their wealthier counterparts in a suburb only eight miles east. Yet despite efforts to change this reality, there’s evidence the problem is worsening in many areas, with income inequality deepening and health inequities rising. What are the biggest obstacles to progress, and how are those on the front lines —doctors, community health workers and residents — breaking them down?

Moderators
avatar for Brie Zeltner

Brie Zeltner

Brie Zeltner is a health reporter at The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper. She has been a reporter since 2003, working primarily on the newspaper’s health team. For more than a year, she’s written about public health and how growing up in poverty can affect health over... Read More →

Speakers
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Delores Gray

Delores Gray is the community engagement coordinator at Care Alliance Health Center, one of the nation’s original Health Care for the Homeless pilot programs. Gray was raised in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood, attended Cuyahoga Community College, and moved into Cuyahoga Metropolitan... Read More →
avatar for Edward M. Barksdale Jr.

Edward M. Barksdale Jr.

Edward M. Barksdale Jr., M.D., is surgeon-in-chief of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital where he holds the Robert J. Izant Jr., M.D., endowed chair in pediatric surgery and is professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Barksdale... Read More →
avatar for Kate Fox Nagel

Kate Fox Nagel

Kate Fox Nagel, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., is the chief administrative officer of Care Alliance Health Center, a federally qualified health center dedicated to meeting the medical, dental and supportive services needs of those experiencing homelessness, living in public housing, and the underserved... Read More →
avatar for Sarah A. Redding

Sarah A. Redding

Sarah A. Redding, M.D., M.P.H., is the chief executive officer for Care Coordination Systems. She is the co-founder and former executive director of the Community Health Access Project in Mansfield, Ohio, a nonprofit organization employing community health workers. She worked to develop... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 1:40pm - 3:00pm EDT
The Beatles

1:40pm EDT

Improving diagnosis: The new quality frontier
The frequency and impact of diagnostic medical error is drawing unprecedented attention since the recent release of the Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking report, "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care." In response, the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine has convened a coalition to bring much-needed attention to this challenge. SIDM and the coalition are driving action on the IOM report’s recommendations across the health care system. Dr. Mark Graber and Paul Epner from SIDM will provide an overview of the steps being taken to catalyze measureable action to improve diagnosis and the early results that have occurred. We’ll also hear from Dr. Lisa Sanders, who writes the popular Diagnosis column for the New York Times Magazine. She’s the author of "Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis."

Moderators
avatar for Carla K. Johnson

Carla K. Johnson

Carla K. Johnson is a Chicago-based medical writer for The Associated Press, whose articles about the Affordable Care Act, medical marijuana and other health policy issues appear nationally on AP member news outlets. She is a former member of AHCJ’s board of directors and currently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paul L. Epner

Paul L. Epner

Paul L. Epner, M.B.A., M.Ed., is the executive vice president, a co-founder and a director of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, a nonprofit, physician-led organization that seeks to improve patient safety by ensuring that diagnoses are made in an accurate, timely and efficient... Read More →
avatar for Mark L. Graber

Mark L. Graber

Mark L. Graber, M.D., F.A.C.P., is a senior fellow at RTI International, professor emeritus of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and founder and president of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Graber co-created Patient Safety Awareness Week in... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Sanders

Lisa Sanders

Lisa Sanders, M.D., is the author of the popular New York Times column, “Think like a Doctor.” Her columns were the inspiration for the hit television series, “House M.D.” She has written two books: “Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 1:40pm - 3:00pm EDT
Eric Clapton

1:40pm EDT

Surprise medical bills, runaway drug prices and the emerging consumer protection agenda
Even as Obamacare continues to drive political debate, Americans are increasingly concerned about more basic health care issues: how much drugs costs, whether doctors are in-network, what health plan cover, even how to compare plans and understand out-of-pocket costs. We’ll look at this emerging part of the healthcare agenda, how government officials, health insurers and consumer advocates are taking it on and how reporters can smartly cover it.

Moderators
avatar for Noam N. Levey

Noam N. Levey

Noam N. Levey is national health care reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Washington Bureau. His stories about the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid and other domestic and global health care issues appear regularly in newspapers nationwide, including the Los Angeles... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Bell

Chuck Bell

Chuck Bell is programs director for Consumers Union, the policy and action division of Consumer Reports. Bell works on Consumers Union’s priority advocacy campaigns, including health insurance reform, surprise medical bills, patient safety and prescription drugs. During his 26 years... Read More →
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Peter Lee

Peter Lee is the executive director of Covered California. Lee served in the Obama Administration, helping establish the Center for Medicaid and Medical Innovation. He has served as the director of delivery system reform at the federal Health and Human Services’ Office of Health... Read More →
avatar for Marilyn Tavenner

Marilyn Tavenner

Marilyn Tavenner was recently named president and chief executive officer of America’s Health Insurance Plans. Tavenner served as administrator/principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from 2010 through early 2015. She led work to implement... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 1:40pm - 3:00pm EDT
Fleetwood Mac

1:40pm EDT

Freelance PitchFest
Editors from some of the top magazines, newspapers and websites are coming to Cleveland to meet you! Bring your best ideas to the AHCJ Freelance PitchFest. This session has been created to give you an opportunity to sit down and discuss your ideas one-on-one with editors from selected publications. The sign-up period opens at 10 a.m. on March 14.

Moderators
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Jeanne Erdmann

Jeanne Erdmann is an award-winning health and science writer based in Wentzville, Mo. Her work has appeared in Discover, Women’s Health, Aeon, Slate, The Washington Post, Nature, Nature Medicine and other publications. She is co-founder of The Open Notebook, a craft-focused website... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth “Betsy” Agnvall

Elizabeth “Betsy” Agnvall

Elizabeth “Betsy” Agnvall is a features editor, health, at AARP Media. In addition to writing a regular brain health blog, she writes and edits for AARP.org, the AARP Bulletin and AARP The Magazine – the country’s largest circulation publications. She previously worked as... Read More →
avatar for Aurora Aguilar

Aurora Aguilar

Aurora Aguilar assigns and edits news stories for Modern Healthcare magazine and its online newsletters. She previously worked at Chicago Public Media, the NPR affiliate in Chicago, where she served as news director after stints as a senior project editor for Front & Center and senior... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Bylander

Jessica Bylander

Jessica Bylander is a senior editor at Health Affairs and editor of the journal’s Narrative Matters section. She also contributes reported pieces to the journal. Prior to joining Health Affairs, she was a reporter covering the medical technology industry for “The Gray Sheet... Read More →
avatar for Lynya Floyd

Lynya Floyd

Lynya Floyd, health director at Family Circle magazine, is a wellness expert, fitness enthusiast and award-winning journalist who appears regularly on nationally syndicated television. At Family Circle, she oversees health-related content for moms of tweens and teens and their children... Read More →
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Denise Fulton

Denise Fulton is executive editor for Frontline Medical News, which publishes news websites and tabloids for physicians in more than 20 specialties. She is in charge of assigning staff reporters and freelancers to medical meetings around the world as well as feature and spot assignments... Read More →
avatar for Lena Huang

Lena Huang

Lena Huang currently serves as the editorial director for Genome, the first consumer magazine focused on personalized medicine and genomics. Previously, she was editorial director for CURE, an award-winning magazine for cancer patients with the largest circulation in its market. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Tod Jones

Tod Jones

Tod Jones is Managing Editor of the U.S. Costco Connection. The Costco Connection is a general interest magazine published monthly in the U.S., and mailed each month to 8.6 million Costco members.
avatar for Nancy Lapid

Nancy Lapid

Nancy Lapid is editor in charge of Reuters Health, the consumer and professional medical news division of Thomson Reuters. Before joining Thomson Reuters full time in 2010, Lapid worked for the company as a freelance medical reporter. She also spent decades helping medical researchers... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Maher

Brendan Maher

Brendan Maher is a features editor with the news team at Nature and is based in New York and New Jersey. He handles long-form narrative and analytical stories primarily pertaining to basic bioscience, biomedical research, public health, ecology, evolution, drug development and science... Read More →
avatar for Apoorva Mandavilli

Apoorva Mandavilli

Apoorva Mandavilli is founding editor and editor-in-chief of Spectrum. She created Spectrum (formerly part of SFARI.org) as an authoritative news source for scientists interested in autism. She is an adjunct professor in New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Paretty

Colleen Paretty

Colleen Paretty, editorial director of WebMD, edits and manages the print, digital, and tablet editions of award-winning WebMD Magazine, WebMD Diabetes and WebMD Campus magazines, and directs magazine-related content initiatives on WebMD.com. A consumer health journalist for most... Read More →
avatar for Peggy Peck

Peggy Peck

Peggy Peck is the vice president and editor-in-chief of MedPage Today. She is responsible for the daily development and distribution of breaking medical news, industry trend pieces and feature stories to more than 670,000 practicing physicians. She has been an integral part of MedPage... Read More →
avatar for Denise Schipani

Denise Schipani

Denise Schipani is an AHJC member and freelance editor and writer who has written for many consumer print and online publications, such as Runner’s World, Better Homes & Gardens, womansday.com and others, as well as a number of custom published magazines and websites for hospital... Read More →
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Lacy Schley

Lacy Schley is an assistant editor at Discover. She graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then earned a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, with a focus on science reporting and magazine writing/editing. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Peter Wehrwein

Peter Wehrwein

Peter Wehrwein is editor of Managed Care, and was previously editor of the Harvard Health Letter and the Harvard Public Health Review. His early career was in newspapers. He began covering health when the beat opened up at the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union.


Friday April 8, 2016 1:40pm - 3:50pm EDT
Led Zeppelin

3:00pm EDT

Dessert break and prize drawings
Friday April 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall

4:10pm EDT

Covering the concussion crisis: Research and real life
Since the autopsy of Steelers Hall of Famer Mike Webster more than a decade ago revealed brain damage attributed to repeated football collisions, the issue of concussions in the NFL has been plagued by controversy. It has been the topic of numerous research reports, news articles and even movies. Learn the nuances of the debate from NFL players, a doctor who is doing NIH-funded research and a journalist who has spent years covering the issue.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Charles Bernick

Charles Bernick

Charles Bernick, M.D., M.P.H., is medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Bernick joined the Center as associate director and has led the largest longitudinal study designed to follow professional fighters with the aim of understanding the long-term... Read More →
avatar for Dwayne Bray

Dwayne Bray

Dwayne Bray, a senior coordinating producer, manages investigative reporting for ESPN television shows such as Outside the Lines and SportsCenter. His team’s work in the area of brain injuries has been honored with a Peabody award and a duPont award. Previously, Bray was a reporter... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 4:10pm - 5:30pm EDT
Eric Clapton

4:10pm EDT

How to understand and cover the opioid epidemic
More people in the United States die each year from drug overdoses, mostly from opioids, than traffic accidents. Why is this happening? What is being done to curb addiction? And how can journalists cover this difficult topic accurately and sensitively?

Moderators
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Scott Hensley

Scott Hensley is a writer and editor running Shots, NPR’s online health blog. Before joining NPR, he was the founding editor of The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog. He covered the drug industry and the Human Genome Project for the Journal. Later, he wrote an online column about... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christina M. Delos Reyes

Christina M. Delos Reyes

Christina M. Delos Reyes, M.D., directs the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Delos Reyes is passionate about education, evidence-based practices, and stigma reduction. She rappelled 20 stories during the 2015 Shatterproof Challenge... Read More →
avatar for Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz is a neuroscience journalist and author or co-author of six books. Her most recent is “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.” She has written for many major publications including Time, The New York Times, Elle, Scientific American... Read More →
avatar for Leana S. Wen

Leana S. Wen

Leana S. Wen, M.D., M.Sc., is the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. An emergency physician and patient and community advocate, she leads the oldest health department in the United States, formed in 1793, with an annual budget of $130 million and over 1,000 employees. Before accepting... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 4:10pm - 5:30pm EDT
The Beatles

4:10pm EDT

Precision medicine: Getting beyond the hype
Ever since President Obama announced the "precision medicine initiative" in his 2015 State of the Union speech, hardly a week goes by without another claim that treatments can be matched to patients' individual forms of cancer or other disease. The panel will examine the research behind that claim in a discussion of the limits to and promise of precision medicine.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Begley

Sharon Begley

Sharon Begley is the senior science writer at Stat. She was previously the science editor and columnist at Newsweek and the science columnist at The Wall Street Journal.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Barnholtz-Sloan

Jill Barnholtz-Sloan

Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Ph.D., is associate director for bioinformatics at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate director for translational informatics, Institute for Computational Biology at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on genetic/molecular epidemiology... Read More →
avatar for Charis Eng

Charis Eng

Charis Eng, M.D., Ph.D., is the founding chairwoman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute and director of its clinical component, the Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare. She has more than 400 peer-reviewed articles and is an elected member of the National... Read More →
avatar for Rocio Moran

Rocio Moran

Rocio Moran, M.D., is the division director of genetics and genomics at MetroHealth Medical Center and has a special interest in cardiovascular genetics and the etiology of developmental delays and birth defects as well as bringing genetics and genomics to the bedside of the underserved... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 4:10pm - 5:30pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen

4:10pm EDT

From newsroom to classroom: The truth about teaching
Thinking about making the leap from practicing health journalism to teaching it? Three professional journalists tell how they teach (it’s harder than you think), and how to deal with the grind – grading rubrics, attendance records, etc. Done right, teaching is fun and rewarding, although not necessarily highly paid. If you're on the fence, this session will help you decide and prepare you for the first day of class.

Moderators
avatar for Patricia Thomas

Patricia Thomas

Patricia Thomas is a professor at the University of Georgia, where she has held the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism since 2005. Thomas worked as a reporter, editor and author for more than three decades before making the transition to academia. She directs the master’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Yanick Rice Lamb

Yanick Rice Lamb

Yanick Rice Lamb is associate professor and chair of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University and co-founder of FierceforBlackWomen.com. She was been an editor at Heart & Soul, BET Weekend, Essence, Child, The New York Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution... Read More →
avatar for Joanne Silberner

Joanne Silberner

Joanne Silberner is a freelance journalist and an artist-in-residence at the University of Washington. She has worked at several magazines and, for 18 years, covered health and medicine at NPR. Honors include the Keck Award for a series on cancer in developing countries for PRI’s... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 4:10pm - 5:30pm EDT
Fleetwood Mac

4:10pm EDT

Medicare in flux: MACRA and the new payment models coming to your community
When Congress did away with the much-maligned Sustainable Growth Rate formula for paying physicians under Medicare, it put forth a law called MACRA that law will dramatically change the way Medicare pays doctors. It offers major incentives for doctors who participate in so-called alternative payment models like accountable care organizations or bundled payment programs. And doctors who choose to stick with fee-for-service payments will have to comply with an entirely new quality measurement system, MIPS. The Obama administration is in the midst of spelling out the specifics in new regulations, and this panel will explore what you need to know to cover the changes in your community.

Moderators
avatar for Erin Mershon

Erin Mershon

Erin Mershon is a health care reporter for Politico Pro covering Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and providers. She got her start covering Congress and her work has appeared in The National Journal, Roll Call, The Huffington Post and PolitiFact.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Berenson

Robert Berenson

Robert Berenson, M.D., is a senior fellow at Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., involved in health care policy research and analysis, particularly related to Medicare payment policy, provider pricing power in commercial markets, and new forms of health care delivery and payment... Read More →
avatar for Ray Quintero

Ray Quintero

Ray Quintero is senior vice president of public policy at the American Osteopathic Association. He has led the association’s efforts on many issues, including Medicare physician payment, medical liability reform, graduate medical education, and delivery system reform. He previously... Read More →
avatar for Kevin B. Sears

Kevin B. Sears

Kevin B. Sears serves as the executive director of market and network services for the Cleveland Clinic. Sears has held several senior positions in the public and private sectors, including senior vice president of payer strategy and product development at Trinity Health, senior adviser... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 4:10pm - 5:30pm EDT
The Supremes

5:30pm EDT

Membership meeting
Friday April 8, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
The Supremes
 
Saturday, April 9
 

7:00am EDT

Breakfast available
Saturday April 9, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am EDT
Elvis

8:00am EDT

Check for Newsmaker Briefing
Saturday April 9, 2016 8:00am - 8:50am EDT
Elvis

9:00am EDT

Expanding the dental workforce to reach underserved communities
States across the country are struggling with ways to expand access to dental care. By federal estimates, 49 million Americans live in communities that have been designated dental health professional shortage areas. The best ways to get care to these places poses deep challenges, and stirs plenty of debate. This panel explores two emerging workforce models that reflect two approaches to meeting the nation's needs for oral health services.

Moderators
avatar for Mary C. Otto

Mary C. Otto

Mary C. Otto is an independent journalist and AHCJ’s oral health core topic leader. She began writing about oral health at The Washington Post, where she covered social issues including health care and poverty. In 2007, she wrote about Deamonte Driver, a Maryland child covered by... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Angela Black

Angela Black

Angela Black is tribal health manager for the Chickasaw Nation where she trains and supervises specialists in navigating members to their health care options across the nation. After completion of her dental assistant training she began working in private practice and earned certifications... Read More →
avatar for Christy Jo Fogarty

Christy Jo Fogarty

Christy Jo Fogarty, R.D.H., A.D.T., has been licensed dental hygienist for 15 years and was the first advanced dental therapist in the country. She is the immediate past president of the Minnesota Dental Therapy Association and president of the American Academy of Dental Therapy... Read More →
avatar for Jane Grover

Jane Grover

Jane Grover, D.D.S., M.P.H., is the director of the Council on Access Prevention and Interprofessional Relations for the American Dental Association. Prior to joining the ADA, Grover was the dental director of a Federally Qualified Health Center in Michigan, adjunct faculty of the... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Fleetwood Mac

9:00am EDT

Trauma's mental impact from childhood to adulthood
The impact of child abuse and neglect and of medical, sexual, violence-related and other trauma can extend into adulthood and raise the risks for mental and physical illness and early death, according to studies by the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Veterans Affairs and several private mental health organizations. Clinicians and other professionals in the growing National Child Traumatic Stress Network will discuss the effects of trauma.

Moderators
avatar for Katti Gray

Katti Gray

Katti Gray is an independent journalist covering health, criminal justice and education news and has been published by, among others, ABCNews.com, CBSNews.com, CNN.com, Colorlines.com, TheCrimeReport.com, DailyYonder.com, DailyRx.com, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Ebony, Essence... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristine Buffington

Kristine Buffington

Kristine Buffington, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.-S., a social worker at Valko and Associates in Toledo, Ohio, has 30 years of experience in the field of clinical social work. She is an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Her professional practice involves clinical... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Hackett

Kathleen Hackett

Kathleen Hackett, R.N., B.S.N., S.A.N.E.-P., is a pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner and SANE coordinator with the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years, with 20 years of emergency room experience. She is certified... Read More →
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Ewald Horwath

Ewald Horwath, M.D., M.S., F.A.P.A., received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City... Read More →
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Glenda Wrenn

Glenda Wrenn, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine. She directs the Division of Behavioral Health at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at MSM and is the interim co-director of the Kennedy Center... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
The Supremes

9:00am EDT

Freelance: Ethical considerations for independent journalists
Honest behavior is much like sticking to a diet. When facing an ethical dilemma, being aware of the temptation before it happens and thinking about the long-term consequences of a particular choice can help you make the “healthiest” decision. The broad array of opportunities that freelancers in particular face in today’s media ecosystem — combined with the financial pressures of stagnant rates — can make it challenging to determine when a conflict of interest, or the potential appearance of one, exists. In this panel, we will explore these issues and provide an opportunity for freelance journalists to consider where the lines are and what ethical quandaries lay around the corner. Let’s explore and discuss.

Moderators
avatar for Tara Haelle

Tara Haelle

Tara Haelle is a freelance health/science and multimedia journalist specializing in vaccines, infectious disease, pediatrics, women’s health, mental health and medical research. She is AHCJ’s medical studies core topic leader and coauthor of “The Informed Parent: A Science-Based... Read More →

Speakers
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Beth Howard

Beth Howard, M.S., writes about health and health care from Charlotte, N.C. Previously she was an editor at magazines that include Omni, Self, New Woman and My Generation. As an independent journalist, her work has appeared in U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, AARP... Read More →
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Trudy Lieberman

Trudy Lieberman is a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, where she blogs about health care and retirement. A past president of AHCJ, she had a long career at Consumer Reports and has won 26 national and local awards including two National Magazine Awards and a James... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Maher

Brendan Maher

Brendan Maher is a features editor with the news team at Nature and is based in New York and New Jersey. He handles long-form narrative and analytical stories primarily pertaining to basic bioscience, biomedical research, public health, ecology, evolution, drug development and science... Read More →
avatar for Andrew M. Seaman

Andrew M. Seaman

Andrew M. Seaman is the senior medical journalist for Reuters Health. Based in New York City, Seaman writes about the latest medical findings and breakthroughs. He has a special interest in covering LGBT health and health policy. Additionally, he is the chair of the ethics committee... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
The Beatles

9:00am EDT

Is that $1,000 pill really worth it? How to examine high health costs
Skyrocketing drug prices are leading private and public insurers to ration health care, causing angst among consumers and putting the issue on the front burner for presidential candidates. One potential solution that getting closer scrutiny is trying to define value in health care so people will know just what they’re buying. Our panelists will explore its promises and pitfalls.

Moderators
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Phil Galewitz

Phil Galewitz is a senior correspondent and one of the original reporters hired in 2009 by Kaiser Health News. He covers Medicaid, Medicare, hospitals and the health insurance industry. He is a former AHCJ board member and, until January, led the AHCJ chapter in Washington, D.C. Galewitz... Read More →

Speakers
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Peter Bach

Peter Bach, M.D., is the director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Center for Health Policy and Outcomes. He is a physician, epidemiologist, researcher and health care policy expert. His recent work focuses on the high cost of prescription drugs and pricing structures. Bach did his... Read More →
avatar for Sarah K. Emond

Sarah K. Emond

Sarah K. Emond, M.P.P., brings more than 15 years of experience in the business and policy of health care to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, a nonprofit health policy research organization, as its first chief operating officer. She is responsible for the strategic... Read More →
avatar for Neal J. Meropol

Neal J. Meropol

Neal J. Meropol, M.D., is a practicing medical oncologist, clinical investigator and educator. He is chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University. He also serves as associate director for Clinical... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Rockoff

Jonathan Rockoff

Jonathan Rockoff is a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal covering the drug industry. He previously worked at The (Baltimore) Sun and The Providence (R.I.) Journal. He graduated from Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Bruce Springsteen

9:00am EDT

What is Big Data and how to use it to report on urban health issues
How does Big Data — a hot public health tool — translate into successful, boots-on-the-ground initiatives that are solving health issues in communities nationwide? This panel will explore how increasingly sophisticated data sets are being used by city leaders, community organizations, health care providers, and others to influence the daily health of city residents. Panelists will highlight resources and discuss how journalists can use data to tell public health stories.

Moderators
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Naseem Miller

Naseem Miller is a senior health reporter at the Orlando Sentinel, where she covers medicine, health care, science and discovery in Central Florida. She earlier worked for newspapers in Ocala, Fla., and Muncie, Ind., with an internship at The Washington Post. She has been a Kaiser... Read More →

Speakers
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José A. Pagán

José A. Pagán, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Health Innovation at The New York Academy of Medicine. Previously, he was the principal investigator of a three-year health care innovation award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop and implement the Brookdale... Read More →
avatar for Brie Zeltner

Brie Zeltner

Brie Zeltner is a health reporter at The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper. She has been a reporter since 2003, working primarily on the newspaper’s health team. For more than a year, she’s written about public health and how growing up in poverty can affect health over... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Eric Clapton

10:40am EDT

Reinventing medical education
The model of medical education that has been used for the past 50 years is ill-adapted to the needs of our health care delivery system. Recent medical graduates report feeling totally unprepared for the challenges they face as they enter practice. To correct this, the American Medical Association launched an initiative in 2013 to provide $1 million to each of 11 medical schools with innovative reform concepts. The AMA recently expanded its program to another 20 medical schools. That growing number means more places where journalists have a local story about training of the next medical leaders.

Moderators
avatar for Duncan Moore

Duncan Moore

Duncan Moore has been writing about the health care industry since 1992 for a variety of publications, including The Kansas City Star, Modern Healthcare, Bloomberg News, MedPageToday, MedicareNewsGroup, the Los Angeles Times, Kaiser Health News and the California Health Care Foundation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pamela B. Davis

Pamela B. Davis

Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., is the dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president for medical affairs at Case Western Reserve University. She came to Case Western Reserve University in 1981, where she rose through the ranks to become dean of the medical school in 2006... Read More →
avatar for Jesse M. Ehrenfeld

Jesse M. Ehrenfeld

Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of anesthesiology, surgery, biomedical informatics and health policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in 2014. He serves as associate director... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Moore

Nathan Moore

Nathan Moore, M.D., is a resident physician in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of “The Health Care Handbook, A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System.” The book has been featured in The... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
Eric Clapton

10:40am EDT

Stem cells and regenerative medicine: What’s real
Stem cells, with their ability to give rise to all the different organs and cells in the body, hold enormous promise to treat diseases and repair damaged tissue such as muscle, bone and the insulating sheath around nerves. They also can cause harm, driving the growth of cancers. Panelists will explore the progress scientists have made – and the remaining challenges – in manipulating or “programming” stem cells, as potential treatments for ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and arthritis.

Moderators
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Gideon Gil

Gideon Gil is managing editor, enterprise & partnerships, for Stat. He previously was the health and science editor at The Boston Globe, overseeing print and online coverage of health care, medicine, science and the environment. He worked for 19 years as a medical reporter and an... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stanton L. Gerson

Stanton L. Gerson

Stanton L. Gerson, M.D., has been director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center since 2003. Gerson is the Asa and Patricia Shiverick-Jane Shiverick (Tripp) professor of hematological oncology and founding director of the Ohio Wright... Read More →
avatar for Paul J. Tesar

Paul J. Tesar

Paul J. Tesar, Ph.D., is the Dr. Donald & Ruth Weber Goodman Professor of Innovative Therapeutics at CWRU and a Robertson Investigator of the New York Stem Cell Foundation. Tesar received his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and earned his doctorate degree... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
Fleetwood Mac

10:40am EDT

Beyond HIV/AIDS: Reporting on the LGBT community
The LGBT community is a diverse group of people from all age groups, races and ethnicities, social and economic groups and locations. Yet, the members of this diverse community are linked by a number of specific health needs. In this comprehensive session, experts will provide attendees with an overview of the emerging areas of importance in LGBT health and health policy.

Moderators
avatar for Andrew M. Seaman

Andrew M. Seaman

Andrew M. Seaman is the senior medical journalist for Reuters Health. Based in New York City, Seaman writes about the latest medical findings and breakthroughs. He has a special interest in covering LGBT health and health policy. Additionally, he is the chair of the ethics committee... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kellan Baker

Kellan Baker

Kellan Baker is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he works on health policy and data collection issues affecting LGBT populations. Baker is a founding steering committee member of Out2Enroll, a nationwide campaign dedicated to connecting LGBT people with quality... Read More →
avatar for James Hekman

James Hekman

James Hekman, M.D., F.A.C.P., A.A.H.L.V.S., is an internal medicine physician at Cleveland Clinic, specializing in HIV/AIDS care through the Department of Infectious Disease. He is medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for LGBT Health, providing leadership and oversight... Read More →
avatar for Henry Ng

Henry Ng

Henry Ng, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.P., is the director for internal medicine-pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center. He is an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the assistant dean for admissions at the School of Medicine. He completed... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
The Beatles

10:40am EDT

How can we find the true cost of health care?
Unlike almost every part of the economy, transparency in health care and the ability to know what something costs remains elusive even as millions more Americans can afford to buy medical treatments under the Affordable Care Act. This panel will look at the health care industry's lack of transparency when it comes to costs, prices and, perhaps most importantly, the barriers to getting at the true cost of care.

Moderators
avatar for Bruce Japsen

Bruce Japsen

Bruce Japsen writes about health care for Forbes and is the author of “Inside Obamacare: The Fix for America’s Ailing Health Care System.” He is a regular analyst on Fox News Channel’s “Forbes on Fox,” Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio and WTTW’s Chicago Tonight public affairs... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anil Jain

Anil Jain

Anil Jain, M.D., is co-founder, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Explorys, now part of IBM Watson Health, focused on advancing data sciences to improve the delivery of health. Previously Jain was a senior health IT executive director and physician informatician at... Read More →
avatar for David Lansky

David Lansky

David Lansky, Ph.D., is the president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health, directing its efforts to improve the affordability and availability of high quality health care. An expert in accountability, quality measurement and health IT, Lansky has served... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell is president and chief executive officer of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, a national network of multi-stakeholder Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives with more than 35 member. She is the vice chair of the Physician Focused Payment Technical... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen

10:40am EDT

If HIPAA is broken, how can it be fixed?
In the past year, hackers have breached the computer networks of several prominent health insurance companies and accessed personal information on millions of patients. Far more quietly, tens of thousands of smaller breaches were reported to the government. Was 2015 the year in which patient privacy was lost once and for all? Are government agencies and health companies doing enough to safeguard patient information? Is HIPAA relevant today? This session will identify new trends in health privacy and how to cover them.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Ornstein

Charles Ornstein

Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter at ProPublica. In 2004, while at the Los Angeles Times, he co-wrote a series about a troubled hospital that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He also co-wrote a series about failures in oversight by the California Board of Registered... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Neal F. Eggeson

Neal F. Eggeson

Neal F. Eggeson is an Indianapolis-based attorney specializing in medical privacy litigation. Eggeson has earned national attention for his jury verdicts on behalf of victims of medical privacy breaches and his work has been featured in articles by NPR, ProPublica and The Guardian... Read More →
avatar for Joy Pritts

Joy Pritts

Joy Pritts is an expert in health information privacy and security, with more than 15 years of experience. She served as the first chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
The Supremes

12:00pm EDT

Awards luncheon with Surgeon General
Saturday April 9, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
David Bowie

2:00pm EDT

Meet the award winners
Saturday April 9, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Exhibit Hall

3:00pm EDT

Coming soon to a statehouse near you: Medicaid managed long-term care
More than 30 state Medicaid departments have transferred the care of their sickest and most vulnerable populations to private managed care contractors, with more states to come. This movement, to date affecting more than one million Medicaid beneficiaries with long term disabilities, chronic conditions and severe mental and developmental problems, has caused great disruption. The transition has been rocky, with some states dropping the process and others facing backlash from patient advocates and caregivers. But other states are reporting improved coordination of care, reduced hospital admissions and cost savings. Why is this happening, what is driving the movement, how are Medicaid beneficiaries faring and why should journalists care? This will be a primer on how to find stories in this rapidly evolving environment.

Moderators
avatar for Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor is an independent health care journalist who freelances for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune and Yahoo News. He was the legal affairs reporter for Crain’s Modern Healthcare Magazine and served as health and medical reporter for the Gary, Ind., Post-Tribune... Read More →

Speakers
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John Arnold

John Arnold, project director for UHCAN Ohio, directs and coordinates a statewide coalition of stakeholders, advocates and enrollees in the MyCare Ohio dual eligible demonstration project to improve the delivery of care for older adults and people with disabilities. He is responsible... Read More →
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Barbara Coulter Edwards

Barbara Coulter Edwards is managing principal of Health Management Associates. She served as director of the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, responsible for federal oversight of Medicaid long-term services and supports programs... Read More →
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Ann Hwang

Ann Hwang, M.D. is director of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, where she works to advance the voice of consumers in health system transformation efforts. As the former director of health care policy and strategy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
The Supremes

3:00pm EDT

Hepatitis C and beyond: A far-reaching story
It's good news when a cure is found for a chronic illness afflicting millions. But the very effective, very expensive new treatments for hepatitis C raise troubling questions about drug pricing, Medicaid spending, and care of the disenfranchised. On this panel, a physician, a lawyer, and a policy expert will share their differing perspectives on a topic with implications well beyond this one disease.

Moderators
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Felice J. Freyer

Felice J. Freyer is a health care reporter at The Boston Globe, where she focuses on public health and health policy. Previously she was the medical writer at The Providence (R.I.) Journal. A member of the AHCJ board of directors, Freyer serves as treasurer of the association and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah K. Emond

Sarah K. Emond

Sarah K. Emond, M.P.P., brings more than 15 years of experience in the business and policy of health care to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, a nonprofit health policy research organization, as its first chief operating officer. She is responsible for the strategic... Read More →
avatar for Robert Greenwald

Robert Greenwald

Robert Greenwald is a clinical professor of law and faculty director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School. For more than 20 years Greenwald has been a leader in state and national research, policy development and advocacy to improve the health of... Read More →
avatar for Melissa K. Osborn

Melissa K. Osborn

Melissa K. Osborn, M.D., is an infectious disease physician at MetroHealth Medical Center and an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University. She did her training at Emory University in Atlanta and has been treating hepatitis C for more than a decade. She has a particular... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Fleetwood Mac

3:00pm EDT

Cancer care tailored to teens and young adults
Advancements in early detection and treatment have led to greater cancer survival rates for babies, children and adults. But for teens and young adults diagnosed with certain types of cancers, the survival rates over the past three decades remain unchanged. About 70,000 young people (ages 15-39) are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States – accounting for about 5 percent of cancer diagnoses. This is about six times the number of cancers diagnosed in children ages 0-14. Cancer researchers are looking for answers and health systems are catering care and support services for teens. This panel will provide experience and insight in changing cancer treatment for this demographic – and how to find local stories.

Moderators
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Marlene Harris-Taylor

Marlene Harris-Taylor, the medical editor at the Toledo Blade newspaper, has been covering health-related issues for three years. She was recently awarded the Ohio Excellence in Journalism prize for Best Health Writer from the Cleveland Press Club for a series concerning the Affordable... Read More →

Speakers
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Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson, M.D., is a pediatric oncologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
avatar for Rabi Hanna

Rabi Hanna

Rabi Hanna, M.D., is the interim chair of pediatric hematology-oncology and blood and marrow transplantation at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. His interests include blood and marrow transplantation, including alternative donor sources such as umbilical cord blood and haplo-identical... Read More →
avatar for John Letterio

John Letterio

John Letterio, M.D., is director of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute and division chief of pediatric hematology-oncology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Eric Clapton

3:00pm EDT

Freelance: How to reinvigorate your livelihood, expand your reach
The most successful freelancers create their own mark, using social media, a particular reporting niche, speaking engagements, books and other tools in keeping their careers moving. Learn how to reinvigorate your use of these tools and expand your reach into documentary writing and editing. Speakers will talk through collaborating to take your print work to film, thinking visually instead of solely in print from the beginning of a project, generating business buzz through social media, and fitting your magnified skill set into your career.

Moderators
avatar for Cheryl Platzman Weinstock

Cheryl Platzman Weinstock

Cheryl Platzman Weinstock is an award-winning independent journalist who specializes in health and science coverage. An article she wrote for “O” magazine about the validity of genetic testing fueled many changes in the industry. She writes breaking and feature news for The New... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for June Cross

June Cross

June Cross is an award-winning producer and writer. She covers race and ethnicity, inequality, and community. Her latest documentary, “Wilhemina’s War,” is an examination of HIV in the rural South. Previous films documented the rebuilding of New Orleans, African-American religious... Read More →
avatar for Cheree Dillon

Cheree Dillon

Cheree Dillon is an independent film and television editor based in New York City. Most recently she co-edited “Death by Design,” a feature documentary collaboration between Ambrica Productions and Impact Partners. Her first feature documentary, “Off and Running,” premiered... Read More →
avatar for Kendall Moore

Kendall Moore

Kendall Moore is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and associate professor in the departments of journalism and film media at the University of Rhode Island. Before joining academia in 2003, she worked as a field producer and reporter with ABC News/Discovery Health, the Discovery... Read More →
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Joanne Zippel

Joanne Zippel has more than 25 years of experience as a producer, manager entrepreneur, working in theater, film, sponsorship, marketing, creative development and creative career/life coaching in the entertainment business. Zippel’s consulting and coaching business evolved out of... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen

3:00pm EDT

Taking care of the changing veteran population
What can be done to meet the needs of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans? How do their experiences compare to those of previous generations of veterans? Experts, including a veterans’ advocate and a leader from the Department of Veterans Affairs, will talk about these issues and how the media could improve its coverage.

Moderators
avatar for Tony Leys

Tony Leys

Tony Leys has been an editor and reporter for the Des Moines Register since 1988. He has been the Register’s main health care reporter since 2000. He is a member of AHCJ’s board of directors.

Speakers
avatar for Murray Altose

Murray Altose

Murray Altose, M.D., is chief of staff at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, a position he’s held since August 1988. Altose is a professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and serves as the associate dean, School of Medicine for Veterans... Read More →
avatar for Will Brown

Will Brown

Mr. Will H. Brown, an honorably discharged Army veteran, Gulf War Era, is the Senior Advocate of the American Legion of Ohio. Will works in the Federal Building, Downtown, Cleveland, where he faithfully assists veterans throughout 88 Ohio counties with financial assistance, hearings... Read More →
avatar for Joseph R. Calabrese

Joseph R. Calabrese

Joseph R. Calabrese, M.D., is the recipient of the Bipolar Disorders Research Chair, the director of the Bipolar Disorders Research Centre and the director of the Mood Disorders Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His primary research focus is clinical outcomes... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:20pm EDT
The Beatles

4:40pm EDT

Aging well: Innovative approaches for boomers and beyond
Are baby boomers at risk of being the first generation that’s less healthy than their parents? While health advances have increased longevity, aging boomers are also grappling with an increase in chronic conditions. Nearly one-third report having two or more. Rates of dementia are also on the rise. This expert panel will discuss programs that help boomers manage both their physical and mental health and how they can embrace “active aging” for a healthier old age.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert is AHCJ’s core topic leader on aging, reporting on the health issues affecting older adults. She has covered general news and health for print, digital and broadcast media for more than 30 years. Seegert’s beats also include women’s health, policy and social determinants... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ronan Factora

Ronan Factora

Ronan Factora, M.D., is a physician in the Center for Geriatric Medicine and program director for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He came to the Cleveland Clinic to complete his fellowship in geriatric medicine in 2003 and has been on staff since 2004. His... Read More →
avatar for Colin Milner

Colin Milner

Colin Milner is chief executive officer of the International Council on Active Aging and founder of the active-aging industry in North America. An award-winning writer, Milner has written more than 300 articles and has been published in such journals as Global Policy and the 2016... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 4:40pm - 6:00pm EDT
Fleetwood Mac

4:40pm EDT

From Ebola to Zika: Responsible reporting on emerging infectious diseases
Viral outbreaks like Ebola and, more recently, Zika have revealed the complex dimensions of local, national and global response. Journalists are faced with the incredible challenge of clearly communicating the risk of the disease and the scope of the outbreak often at the same time the scientific community is gathering this information. So what are some key questions to ask at each stage of the outbreak? What are some things to consider when reporting on early research related to the disease? This panel will discuss best practices of covering present and future infectious disease outbreaks.

Moderators
avatar for Lara Salahi

Lara Salahi

Lara Salahi is a digital producer at CBS Boston and an adjunct professor of digital journalism at Endicott College. She is working on a book on the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Grimberg

Brian Grimberg

Brian Grimberg, Ph.D., is assistant professor of international health, infectious diseases, and immunology at The Center for Global Health and Diseases, Case Western Reserve University. He was named one of the top 100 Leading Thinkers in the world last year. His diverse tropical disease... Read More →
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Jennifer Hanrahan

Jennifer Hanrahan, D.O., is an associate professor in medicine at Case Western Reserve University and an infectious disease physician at MetroHealth Medical Center. Hanrahan has expertise in the treatment of infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, in prevention of health care-associated... Read More →
avatar for Susan J. Rehm

Susan J. Rehm

Susan J. Rehm, M.D., is vice chair of the Department of Infectious Disease and executive director of Physician Health at Cleveland Clinic. She is a professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Rehm’s clinical interests... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 4:40pm - 6:00pm EDT
The Beatles

4:40pm EDT

Images and sounds on the health beat
Video and audio aren’t just for television and radio reporters anymore. Demand for web videos and podcasts mean that covering the story means getting pictures and sounds that will grab and hold your audience. We will show examples to emulate and discuss how a story may be told in different ways depending on the medium. The panel includes veteran television reporters as well as an experienced journalist who recently made the leap from text-based reporting to audio visual storytelling.

Moderators
avatar for Andrew Holtz

Andrew Holtz

Andrew Holtz, M.P.H., is an independent journalist based in Portland, Ore. The former CNN medical correspondent is the author of three books comparing television medical dramas to real world medicine. Holtz helps review news reports and releases for HealthNewsReview.org. Holtz is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kay Colby

Kay Colby

Kay Colby is a seven time Emmy award-winning journalist who serves as health producer for ideastream, Cleveland’s PBS/NPR station. Prior to joining ideastream, Colby ran PHTV Inc., a production company funded by the National Institutes of Health to develop outreach campaigns for... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 4:40pm - 6:00pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen

4:40pm EDT

Merger mania of health insurers and the rise of dominant and potential monopolies
New research from the Health Care Pricing Project shows that hospital prices are 15 percent higher at hospitals in monopoly markets than they are in markets with four or more hospitals and that hospital prices within a region are the primary factors driving variation in health care spending. Hear from speakers who will talk about the project’s data and its implications for the future.

Moderators
avatar for Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns is an independent journalist in Falmouth, Mass., and the insurance core topic leader for AHCJ. He covers health policy, health insurance, and the business of health care for a variety of publications, including Hospitals & Health Networks, Managed Care and Medical Economics... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Zack Cooper

Zack Cooper

Zack Cooper, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of health policy and of economics at Yale University and a resident fellow at the school’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies, where he directs the ISPS Health Center. Cooper’s work is focused on using big data analysis and... Read More →
avatar for Kevin B. Sears

Kevin B. Sears

Kevin B. Sears serves as the executive director of market and network services for the Cleveland Clinic. Sears has held several senior positions in the public and private sectors, including senior vice president of payer strategy and product development at Trinity Health, senior adviser... Read More →


Saturday April 9, 2016 4:40pm - 6:00pm EDT
The Supremes

7:00pm EDT

“Salute to Health Journalism” receptionImportant note: Your conference name tag is required to enter – no exceptions. The reception is for conference attendees only.
Join us at the stunning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the lakefront to rock the night away. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available until 9 p.m. with AHCJ providing one complimentary drink (bring your drink ticket). We are paying to get you full entry to the entire museum, with seven floors of exhibits! The I.M. Pei-designed building is a monument to the history of rock, with amazing artifacts and memorabilia. (Photography is welcome, but no flash.) We also have arranged for the museum store to stay open until 9 p.m. so you can buy your own rock memory. A shuttle will run between the Marriott and the museum from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. or you can walk (about 0.7 miles or 15 minutes) by heading east on St. Clair Avenue and taking a left on East 9th Street.

Saturday April 9, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
 
Sunday, April 10
 

7:30am EDT

Breakfast buffet available
Sunday April 10, 2016 7:30am - 8:45am EDT
Ray Charles

9:00am EDT

Freelance: Choose your platform - focusing social media efforts
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Stitcher: Many journalists use social media platforms to find sources and story ideas, and participating on them is one way that freelancers build and maintain their brands. But how do you choose which social media network to invest your time and identity in? This panel of experienced journalists working in different media, who all maintain presences on multiple social networks, will explain why they chose one network to create a project on, and how they integrate both those projects and other social media use into their multi-faceted professional lives.

Moderators
avatar for Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna, an independent journalist based in Atlanta, contributes to National Geographic and writes for Wired, Scientific American, Nature, Slate, The Atlantic and others about public health, global health and food policy. She is the author of the award-winning books “Superbug... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth is a journalist who covers how humans tangle with science and technology. She is the host and producer of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future, and has covered everything from fake tumbleweed farms to sexist prosthetics.
avatar for Joanne Manaster

Joanne Manaster

Joanne Manaster, Ph.D., is a faculty lecturer for the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois-Urbana. She is active in new media with a significant social media following. Her 
@sciencegoddess twitter account has been named by Mashable as “One of 25 Twitter... Read More →
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David Mendoza

David Mendoza is a visualization journalist living in Portland, Oregon. He makes maps and charts for Mic, a news outlet for millennials. His data visualizations have also been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times, FiveThirtyEight.com, Slate, Vox and The Washington Post.


Sunday April 10, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Rolling Stones

9:00am EDT

Taking hospital quality coverage to the next level
Hospitals are often the cornerstones of local health care markets. And with each passing year, more data become available to assess – and write about – their quality. This session will bring you up to speed on newly available data and offer a refresher on tools and websites that you can use to be the watchdog your community needs. It will suggest new directions for your reporting, even if you’ve covered hospital quality in the past.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Ornstein

Charles Ornstein

Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter at ProPublica. In 2004, while at the Los Angeles Times, he co-wrote a series about a troubled hospital that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He also co-wrote a series about failures in oversight by the California Board of Registered... Read More →

Speakers
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Jose Figueroa

Jose Figueroa, M.D., M.P.H., is an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health in 2011 with a concentration in health policy. He completed... Read More →


Sunday April 10, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Elvis

9:00am EDT

Using public resources to find your next big scoop
Nowadays, we all know that data can be a great way to launch a big enterprise story. But where do you find those data? In this session, we'll show you lots of data and other health information resources available at government sites, including PubMed. We'll hear from a reporter who used ClinicalTrials.gov to figure out that a number of the nation's leading universities were breaking the law. Come with your laptops – this is hands-on as you learn to navigate and personalize these resources.

Moderators
avatar for Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky, M.D., is the vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today, co-founder of the MacArthur Foundation- and Arnold Foundation-funded Retraction Watch, and distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. He... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert A. Logan

Robert A. Logan, Ph.D., is a communication research scientist and a member of the National Library of Medicine’s senior staff. Logan is a professor emeritus at the Missouri School of Journalism. He joined the NLM in 2003 and directs research for the Office of Communications and... Read More →
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Charles Piller

Charles Piller, Stat’s west coast editor, writes watchdog reports and in-depth projects from his base in the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously worked as an investigative journalist for The Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times, and has reported on public health, science, and... Read More →


Sunday April 10, 2016 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
BB King

10:40am EDT

Flaws, limits and conflicts: Tips to find study pitfalls
An interesting study says one thing and you cover it. The next week, a new study flat out contradicts it. We’ll discuss shortcuts for weighing the likelihood a study’s answer is right, making sense of shifting bodies of evidence, and cutting through researcher spin. And we’ll talk about ways to “future-proof” a story.

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Andrew M. Seaman

Andrew M. Seaman is the senior medical journalist for Reuters Health. Based in New York City, Seaman writes about the latest medical findings and breakthroughs. He has a special interest in covering LGBT health and health policy. Additionally, he is the chair of the ethics committee... Read More →


Sunday April 10, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
BB King

10:40am EDT

Hospital finance
Hospitals are the great whales of the medical world. They consume a third of all health spending, and often are the largest employers in town. Yet their finances are largely unknown. This session will describe five essential documents for understanding a hospital's financial prospects as well as how to find sources to put them in context. We'll dig into this year's major trends, such as why hospitals are consolidating and how they are facing ever higher penalties for poor performance. An emphasis will be placed on practical story ideas.

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Sunday April 10, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
Elvis

10:40am EDT

Reaching out to real people: Tools to humanize stories
Dry statistics, faceless studies and policy talking heads can make for dull stories. But you can use online resources to build up your sources – including patients, caregivers and communities – that can help make your stories come alive for your audiences. Come away with tips on doing your homework before your interviews, using online advocacy to find sources, and leaving with ready-to-use tools that will help you connect with real people with the stories you are trying to tell.

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Marshall Allen

Marshall Allen is a reporter for ProPublica. He helped create the news organization’s Surgeon Scorecard, which calculated and published the complication rates of about 17,000 surgeons, allowing patients to choose the safest places to go for common operations. Allen enjoys using... Read More →
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John Novack

John Novack is director of communications for Inspire, a company that builds and manages online support communities for about 750,000 patients and caregivers. Novack has a background in newspaper reporting and health care trade publishing and communications. He served on AHCJ’s... Read More →


Sunday April 10, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm EDT
Rolling Stones