In another fine example of its dedication to important health care journalism, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel published a piece, “Debate on MRI payments just one hurdle for reform.” Gems in this piece include: Information on the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition, a group backed by the major manufacturers of imaging equipment, including GE Healthcare. The paper [...]
That quote comes from a Minnesota physician in a Pioneer Press article that includes many good elements: Info on disparities in Medicare spending; Dartmouth Atlas data and graphic; Local angle on Atul Gawande’s New Yorker piece . Kudos to reporter Jeremy Olson.
Newer is not always better. Evidence is important. Simple themes, oft forgotten in health journalism. Back in October, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story talked of the wonders of virtual colonoscopy, saying it replaced the dreaded colonoscope and lessened patient risk. It used these words to refer to the technology: “science fiction, Star Wars, video game, Disney [...]
Wish I had a nickel for every story about vagus nerve stimulation that trumpeted it as a treatment for depression. This week, Medicare rejected Cyberonics’ implantable nerve stimulator, saying the device, the VNS Therapy System, hasn’t been shown to be necessary. The $25,000 device is already approved for epilepsy. Cyberonics wanted to expand its use. [...]
If you didnâ€™t see 60 Minutes last Sunday (April 1), go to their website and read the story and watch the video link for the segment called â€œUnder the Influence.â€? Itâ€™s the story of the incredible manipulation of Congress by the drug industry that took place to get the Medicare Part D legislation passed. Excerpt: [...]
On the listserv of the Association of Health Care Journalists, a journalist raises an important issue that we don’t hear enough about. That journalist wrote: “May I suggest that while Washington is obsessing about Walter Reed, the rest of us should be paying attention to what’s happening in our back yards in the run-up to [...]