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Inside the IRE Awards: The Prescribers
This week on IRE Radio we’ll be taking you inside the 2013 IRE Awards with audio from some of the reporters, editors and producers who worked on prize-winning stories. View the complete list of winners here.
ProPublica reporters Charles Ornstein, Tracy Weber, Jennifer LaFleur and others were able to get Medicare Part D data released for the first time. Hear how to use their tools, the FOI process, and an example of a story they found.
Ornstein and LaFleur introduce the database and go over some basics on it's use. The Prescriber Checkup tool is available on ProPublica's website for anyone, reporter or patient, to use to find stories or check their own doctor.
Ornstein and LaFleur explain what made ProPublica's FOI request for Medicare Part D information successful.
Ornstein and LaFleur describe one of the stories they found going over the Medicare Part D database.
You can read all of the stories reported by the ProPublica team here.