Separating truth from fiction in health care can be confounding given the fierce partisan standoff in Washington that’s crystallized over the last seven years. Republicans describe the current state of Obamacare in apocalyptic terms, with premiums skyrocketing and competition dwindling. By contrast, Democrats celebrate the huge coverage gains, leading to the lowest uninsured rate ever recorded. The problem for journalists is that those conflicting descriptions of the current health care landscape are both accurate.
This panel will explore tools you can use to cut through the noise, including how to find and decipher insurer financial filings that provide insight into how they’re faring in the exchange marketplaces. We’ll also cover some of the nuts and bolts of breaking into your local health care universe, including hospital inspection reports, treatment data and adverse-event and infection-rate data. We’ll cap our whirlwind tour with a peek into how Wall Street can give you a peek inside your Main Street health facilities.