Examining hospitals: From finances to lawsuits (Sponsored by Bloomberg)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Health News; Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR; Karen Bouffard of The Detroit News
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 8
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

This session will show you what documents to obtain to investigate public and private hospitals, including Medicare and accreditation data, 990s, and inspection records. Panelists also will  offer tips on how to find stories in the data.

Speaker Bios

  • Karen Bouffard is an investigative reporter with The Detroit News, focusing primarily on health care. Her work has been recognized with several national honors including the 2015 Communication Award from the National Academies of Sciences. Bouffard was named 2016 Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Press Association for a six-month investigation that uncovered a decade-long problem with dirty surgical instruments at five Detroit Medical Center hospitals. @kbouffardDN

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

  • Sarah Jane Tribble, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, reports on pharmaceutical drug development, costs and pricing. She built her career as a business reporter for regional newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. She eventually joined the health team at Cleveland’s NPR/PBS affiliate before moving to KHN's enterprise team. Her work frequently appears on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. @sjtribble

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