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Resource - Covering Medicare: Care, Costs, Control and Consequences

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About This Course

Medicare reform, a key issue in the 2012 election, continues to grab headlines. The issues surrounding the current Medicare system, the costs of Medicare, and various proposals for reining in spending and improving access and care will be contentious news topics for months and years to come. Journalists of all beats are affected, from health care to business to community and living.

To cover Medicare effectively, journalists must understand the economic pressures of the Medicare program, stakeholder concerns, payment and delivery issues, reform possibilities, quality measurements and implications of Medicare policymaking.

This page presents resources that offer journalists an overview of these complex issues as well as pointing them to sources who can provide in-depth information, an understanding of the implications of Medicare issues on local communities and guidance in generating and reporting stories on Medicare.

These resources are provided as part of a McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute (SRI), “Covering Medicare: Care, Costs, Control and Consequences," hosted by The Poynter Institute on May 5-7, 2013. The SRI was funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Blogs Worth Reading

The Medicare Blog: The official blog for the U.S. Medicare program

The CMS Blog: The official blog for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Health Care Blog

Health Affairs Blog, daily commentary on important issues in health policy

Twitter Handles to Follow

@Trudy_Lieberman: CJR's Trucy Lieberman, an SRI presenter

@MedicareGov: The official account of the U.S. Medicare program

@KaiserFamFound: Health policy analysis, polling & research

Find an Expert

Juliette Cubanski, Ph.D., associate director, Program on Medicare Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation: Dr. Cubanski helps to lead the foundation's activities related to the Kaiser Project on Medicare's Future, a major initiative focused on producing timely and authoritative analysis of leading Medicare reform proposals and on informing the debate about the future of Medicare., 650-854-9400

Stuart Guterman, independent consultant, former senior scholar at Academy Health, former vice president at the Commonwealth Fund and executive director of the Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System: Mr. Guterman works on payment and delivery system reform issues, including issues related to Medicare policy and coordination of care for beneficiaries who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. Website:Stuart Guterman.

Trudy Lieberman, fellow, the Center for Advancing Health, and longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR): Ms. Lieberman is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR's health care desk, which is part of CJR's United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Website:Trudy Lieberman

Michael L. Millenson, president of Health Quality Advisors LLC and a nationally recognized expert on improving the quality of care, patient empowerment and e-health, or 847-681-1476 or 312-952-1075 

Elizabeth Strombom, CEO of the Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches, Florida Blue's former senior vice president of government markets: Ms. Strombom provides overall leadership for the Medicare and Medicaid business divisions. 561-790-6200

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