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  • CBC Marketplace - Crying Out for Care

    Crying Out for Care was a 22-minute episode of Marketplace and digital, social, television and radio stories to reach a broad audience. Marketplace is a long-running Canadian Broadcasting Corporation investigative consumer affairs television program. its stories are presented in documentary form on the show and other versions, angles and follow-ups appear in the newscasts,news programs, website and social media of CBC. This submission includes the Marketplace episode and includes some of that other coverage. Topic: Marketplace applied data journalism techniques as well as it usual research to dig into the quality of care residents in nursing and long term care homes are receiving.
  • Critical Condition

    This investigation shows that the quality of care received by black seniors' is lower than that of white seniors. Illinois has the highest number of poorly rated black nursing homes in the U.S. Chicago's nursing homes that serve predominantly white seniors were all rated excellent by the federal government whereas none of those serving mostly blacks received that rating. Poverty was not linked to these low rankings. In the new analysis, they found significant racial disparities throughout the country between majority-black and majority-white homes.
  • Carilion Concerns

    The Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is under investigation by several agencies for how the quality of care to patients. A suicide in the emergency department raised questions about the acre, and it was determined that the hospital is not in full compliance with Medicare regulations.
  • Code 3

    "Code 3" focused on ambulance delays in San Francisco and provided a rare glimpse inside an inherently complex and often secretive bureaucracy. The project began as a two-day series and continued with several follow-up reports. Paramedics and quality control experts say the city does not have enough ambulances and needs to hire more paramedics. A history of tensions between paramedics and firefighters, and a lack of coordination between the Fire Department, the Department of Emergency Management and the Public Health Department, continues to undercut the city's 911 medical responses and the quality of care. The city does not collect sufficient data on 911 responses to fully audit ambulance delays, examine particular treatments and learn from clinical mistakes
  • Assisted Living Investigation

    The authors investigated assisted living facilities in Maryland and discovered that there is no one to regulate the quality of care given and the safety of the elderly.
  • Hospital Report Card: Price Doesn't Equal Quality

    The Orange County Register reporters rated the quality of care at 26 acute care hospitals in Orange County using a four-star system. They then compared the hospital's quality to the average prices they charged for care. The major findings were: "1) the best hospitals charged less per day than the county average and less than many of the lower rated hospitals. 2) all four of the top-rated hospitals were not-for-profit and all four of the lowest-rated hospitals were for-profit. 3) Tenet Healthcare Corp., the largest hospital operator in Orange county -- and second largest in the U.S. -- had mediocre quality at the highest prices in the county."
  • On Guard for the Elderly

    The Observer investigates the growing business of assisted-living centers, homes for older people who need assistance getting through the day's daily tasks, but still have the ability to live pretty much on their own. The investigation focused on several aspects of assisted-living care: staffing, crowding, and quality of care. It identified several cases where neglect contributed directly to the deaths of patients, and offered a helpful guide to making sure families pick the right home for their loved ones.
  • The New Math of Old Age: Why the Nursing Home Industry's Cries of Poverty Don't Add Up

    Schmitt reports on the finances of the nursing home industry nationwide. "In an elaborate national lobbying campaign in 2002, nursing home operators used quality of care as a wedge to seek billions more in federal funding, saying lives would be endangered if the homes didn't get more money." U.S. News & World Report finds a very different picture: nursing homes are earning healthy profit margins, usually in the range of 20 to 30 percent; nursing home operators steer big chunks of revenues to themselves or related businesses; and there is no evidence that today's patients are sicker, as the nursing home industry has claimed.
  • Nursing Homes in Crisis

    The Greensboro News & Record examines the quality of care provided by North Carolina's nursing homes. The newspaper found that the quality is "rapidly declining and the industry is unprepared to care for the expected boom in the elderly population."
  • What Price Care?: NorthBay Health Systems

    The Daily Republic, of Fairfield, Calif., published a multi-part series about the cost and quality of health care provided by NorthBay Health Systems. It reported that "Managed care had dramatically altered the way people get health care...More and more, a person's health care is in the hands of an insurance company. And when hospitals and insurance companies battle, patients often get lost in the middle. NorthBay Health System wants to help people be healthy. How does NorthBay spend its money to achieve this goal? The quality of care patients receive often depends on the doctors they see. But some doctors are embroiled in a bitter conflict with NorthBay hospitals which may eventually force many to leave the county or go out of business...."