Many employers around the country are grappling with how to get workers back to the office safely in the pandemic. We teamed up with our partner Anna Werner, chief consumer investigative correspondent for CBS This Morning, to do a story about Epic Systems, a health care software company, that faced a firestorm of objections from hundreds of employees to its plan to put thousands of workers back together on its office campus. The first piece ran on Aug. 4. A few days later, after a firestorm of criticism, the regional health department issued a letter to Epic saying it was not complying with health officials’ recommendations, and Epic announced in an email to employees that it would not require them to return to the campus. This piece on the decision ran Aug. 10.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.