Journalism Grants

Funding For:

Health Care Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest

Cost & Quality / Health Care Coverage



Grant Period:

Nov 01, 2014 - Oct 31, 2015



Summary of the Project:

With support from a NIHCM Foundation Journalism Grant, ProPublica continued its investigative reporting on the U.S. health care system, including ongoing investigations on patient safety and the Medicare program. Following ProPublica's investigation, CMS called for more state health department scrutiny of nursing home errors involving the blood thinner.

About the Grantee:

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Each story ProPublica publishes is distributed in a manner designed to maximize its impact. Many of their “deep dive” stories are offered exclusively to a traditional news organization, free of charge, for publication or broadcast. ProPublica has had 121 publishing partners since 2008.

Related Grantee Work

July 12, 2015

ProPublica Analysis Finds a Popular Blood Thinner Causing Deaths, Injuries at Nursing Homes

ProPublica analyzed government inspection reports and found that, between 2011 and 2014, at least 165 nursing home residents were hospitalized or died after errors involving Coumadin or its generic version, warfarin.

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Author: Charles Ornstein

July 15, 2015

ProPublica Analyzes Medicare Data to Create a "Surgeon Scorecard"

ProPublica created this database to help consumers select surgeons based on Medicare claims data associated with eight common elective surgeries.

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Author: Sisi Wei, Olga Pierce & Marshall Allen

December 19, 2013

The Prescribers: ProPublica tracks Fraud, Waste and Abuse in Medicare Part D

ProPublica's coverage and analysis of Medicare Part D data shows that some doctors and other health professionals across the country prescribe large quantities of drugs known to be potentially harmful, disorienting or addictive.

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February 27, 2015

Policing Patient Privacy: ProPublica Investigates Breaches in Patient Privacy

This series explores how patient privacy violations are affecting patients and the medical care they receive.

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July 13, 2015

ProPublica Engages Patients, Providers and Readers to Investigate Health Care Quality in the U.S.

Using Facebook and other crowdsourcing efforts, reporters investigated everything from deadly dialysis centers and dangerous hospitals to the failure of state boards to discipline incompetent nurses.

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