Affiliation:The Center for Investigative Reporting, ProPublica
This year promises two new, exciting opportunities for data journalists to report on doctors, the drugs they prescribe and their relationship with pharmaceutical companies. Medicare for the first time has started releasing data on the drugs prescribed by individual health care providers in its drug program, which pays for one in every four prescriptions in the country. And later this year, the government will release data on all payments by drug and device companies to doctors around the country. Exploring these two data sets separately, and together, present some incredible reporting opportunities.