‘Cracking the Code’ wins a national Edward R. Murrow Award

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‘Cracking the Code’ wins a national Edward R. Murrow Award

More great news! Our “Cracking the Code” health cost investigation with NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 Live in New Orleans won a national Edward R. Murrow award for continuing coverage. “Winning an RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Award means that a news organization has provided exemplary public service to its viewers, listeners […]

We won four more journalism prizes!

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We won four more journalism prizes!

More great news! We won first place for public service nationally in the 2017 SIgma Delta Chi awards in small-market television reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists, for our “Cracking the Code” health cost work with NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 Live. “Cracking the Code” also won three first places, for Continuing Coverage, News […]

Louisiana Legislature passes consumer protection bill in the wake of our ‘Cracking the Code’ work

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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Louisiana Legislature passes consumer protection bill in the wake of our ‘Cracking the Code’ work

A bill requiring that people be notified in advance of potential balance billing at a health care facility in Louisiana passed the Legislature in Baton Rouge and was signed into law by the governor. While we aren’t able to say that our work in New Orleans was the cause of the bill’s passage, we did […]

‘Cracking the Code’ wins an Emmy

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‘Cracking the Code’ wins an Emmy

Our partner WVUE Fox 8 Live won several Suncoast regional Emmy awards for excellence on Saturday, including one for our “Cracking the Code” series  revealing health costs in New Orleans. WVUE’s chief investigative reporter, Lee Zurik, was cited as winner both for “Cracking the Code,” in the series contest, and for a single story on […]

‘The Internet hates secrets’: ClearHealthCosts works with newsrooms to bring health costs out of hiding: Nieman Journalism Lab

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‘The Internet hates secrets’: ClearHealthCosts works with newsrooms to bring health costs out of hiding: Nieman Journalism Lab

“’The voicemails would make you want to cry,’” Laura Hazard Owen writes about us over at NiemanLab, the future-of-journalism site at Harvard University. “When New Orleans’ WVUE Fox 8 News invited viewers to get in touch and share their healthcare costs, they weren’t sure what kind of response they’d receive. Would people be willing to […]

Philadelphia, here we come: New journalism initiative

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Philadelphia, here we come: New journalism initiative

We’re elated to announce that ClearHealthCosts will be working with the Philadelphia Media Network under the Lenfest Institute’s first funding round for innovation in journalism, to spread health cost transparency  to the Philadelphia metro area. We’ll use shoe-leather reporting, crowdsourcing, data journalism and other tools to tell people what stuff costs with the Philadelphia Media Network — The Philadelphia […]

How ClearHealthCosts Helped New Orleans Newsrooms Save Money for Readers

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How ClearHealthCosts Helped New Orleans Newsrooms Save Money for Readers

“During a 2013 Morning Edition broadcast, Brian Lehrer and Soterios Johnson asked female listeners to complete a survey on the WNYC website on the cost of routine mammograms,” Bianca Fortis writes about us over at MediaShift, the destination site for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology.  “The appeal was part of a collaboration with […]

We take your questions on Reddit: The ‘Cracking the Code’ AMA (Ask Me Anything)

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We take your questions on Reddit: The ‘Cracking the Code’ AMA (Ask Me Anything)

I went on Reddit on Aug. 24 with our partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 Live and  Jed Lipinski  at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune, to do an “AMA” or “Ask Me Anything” open forum. To read the whole AMA, go here.  Here’s one exchange: [–]B4UGOTHERE 1 point 20 hours ago Where did you get the big […]

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

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Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

We got to watch a community member learn how to shop for health care in real time the other day, when our partners over at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune were doing a Facebook Live. She came in in the comments, saying, “I pay my insurance over $500 a month. My out of pocket after my […]

What we learned: ‘Cracking the Code,’ a TV special by FOX 8 Live

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What we learned: ‘Cracking the Code,’ a TV special by FOX 8 Live

Weekend watching: Here’s a special TV wrapup of our work so farwith our award-winning journalist partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 Live and  Jed Lipinski and Manuel Torres at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune,  and their teams. We launched our New Orleans PriceCheck partnership in April 2017, using shoe-leather journalism, data journalism and crowdsourcing […]