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A survival kit for journalists covering the health beat from ReportingonHealth.org.

A survival kit for journalists covering the health beat from ReportingonHealth.org.

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    Health beat survival kit Health beat survival kit Presentation Transcript

    • THE HEALTH BEAT SURVIVAL KIT
      What you need to know to cover health in your community
    • WHERE TO FIND THIS PRESENTATION
    • YOUR HEALTH CARE UNIVERSE (PART 1)
      • Health providers (doctors, nurses, unionized health workers, health profession students)
      • Health care institutions (community clinics, hospitals, large medical groups, nursing homes)
      • Health payers (private insurers, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families)
      • Health consumers (you and your audience)
    • YOUR HEALTH CARE UNIVERSE (PART 2)
      • Health providers (doctors, nurses, unionized health workers, health profession students)
      • Health care institutions (community clinics, hospitals, large medical groups, nursing homes)
      • Health payers (private insurers, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families)
      • Health consumers (you and your audience)
    • Who you gonna call?
    • SOURCES: NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL
      Community clinics
      Community activists
      Neighborhood associations
    • SOURCES: CITY LEVEL
      City public health department – large cities have their own, counties serve smaller towns
      Planning and Zoning – can affect hospital or clinic expansion/closures
    • SOURCES: COUNTY LEVEL AGENCIES
      County public health department – serves smaller cities and unincorporated areas
      Environmental Services Department – (West Nile, contaminated fountains, etc.)
      Planning and Zoning – can affect hospital or clinic expansion/closures
      Mental health services agency
    • SOURCES: COUNTY LEVEL PLAYERS
      School–based health clinics and nurses
      County Medical Association or Society – organization of local doctors
      Community Clinic Association/Consortium – lobbies for and supports local clinics
      Area Agency on Aging – deals with Medicare, elder abuse issues
      HICAP Health Insurance Counseling Assistance Program – helps Medicare patients
    • SOURCES: STATE AGENCIES
      Department of Managed Health Care – regulates HMOs
      Department of Insurance – regulates other forms of health insurance
      Health and Human Services Agency – oversees health and social services departments
      Department of Public Health – deals with outbreaks, food safety, TB, immunizations, etc.
      Department of Health Care Services (administers Medi-Cal, oversees hospitals)
    • And more state agencies…
      Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development – state think tank, data bank
      California Medical Board – oversees doctors
      California Nursing Board – oversees nurses
    • SOURCES: THE FEDS
      Regional Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services – investigates fraud, nursing homes, hospitals treating Medicare patients
      Regional Health and Human Services office –hospital inspection reports
    • SOURCES: OTHER PLAYERS
      Malpractice lawyers
      Calif. chapters of specialty boards
      California Nurses Association – represents registered nurses
      SEIU Locals – represent nursing aides, health technicians, hospital janitors
      Think Tanks: California HealthCare Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation
    • SOURCES: ADVOCATES/LOBBYISTS
      Health Access – advocacy group
      Consumer Watchdog – advocacy group
      California Primary Care Association - represents 600+ community clinics
      California State Rural Health Association – represents rural clinics and hospitals
      California Medical Association – represents interests of doctors
    • Got all that? Good.
      Any questions?