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Ask Emily

Columnist to answer Obamacare questions in person at Southern California events

“Ask Emily” columnist Emily Bazar takes her act on the road later this month with two appearances in Southern California.
Ask Emily

Obamacare For Californians: It's not that confusing. We promise.

The Affordable Care Act kicks into gear for most Americans on Jan. 1, 2014. For many, counting down the days stirs some degree of frenzy – health insurance policies are confusing already, and the health reform law tacks on 955 pages of new regulations for them.
Vulnerable on Medicare?

Proposed rate changes for California hospitals

A table of the percent change proposed for California hospital reimbursement by county.
Vulnerable on Medicare?

Proposed rate changes for California doctors

A table of the percent change proposed for California physician reimbursement by county.
Mental Breakdown

Mental health by the numbers

555: the average number of California state hospital beds per 100,000 residents in the 1950s. 14: the average number of California state hospital beds per 100,000 residents today.
Mental Breakdown

Mental illness: Who to call for help in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County 24-Hour Crisis Intervention: (209) 558-4600

Doctors Behavioral Health Center: (209) 557-6300 (can also walk in)

Fault Lines

Quake Safety by the Numbers

2030: Date when hospitals must qualify for an “A” grade, meaning they’re equipped non-structurally to operate for at least 72 hours after a major earthquake.
Fault Lines

What the experts are saying

“In a hospital, you have patients who need life support. Their support is being supplied by non-structural equipment. A gas line. An electric line.” -- Tara C. Hutchinson, UCSD professor of structural engineering
Diagnosis of debt

KQED's Forum: Reporter Kelley Weiss discusses medical debt

Broadcast reporter Kelley Weiss was a guest on KQED Public Radio's Forum to discuss medical debt. An increasing number of Americans say they're being pushed into financial ruin by medical debt. Some 20 percent of those seeking financial counseling cite an inability to pay medical bills as the primary factor in declaring bankruptcy. What measures can people take to protect their financial health?
High rates of California heart procedures

Statewide Angioplasty Rates

High rates of California heart procedures

Statewide Angiography Rates

High rates of California heart procedures

Graphics: High rates of California heart procedures

High rates of California heart procedures

About this project

This project is a partnership between The San Francisco Chronicle and the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting. The center is funded by the nonpa

Death by complication

Hospital infections too deadly to ignore

As statutes go, Nile's Law should have been a snap to implement.

Death by complication

UC Davis Medical Center struggles with infections

Hospitalization too often puts patients at risk. They can contract infections from the insertion, maintenance and removal of urinary catheters as well as central line catheters that are placed in large veins to make it easier to administer medicine and fluids.
Don't get sick

Chat Transcript: Doctor, reporter answer health care questions

Following the publication of "Don't Get Sick: Crisis in Coverage," Dr. Eric Ramos, chief medical officer of Doctors Medical Center, and Modesto Bee health reporter Ken Carlson, answered questions from readers concerning health coverage in Stanislaus County.
Don't get sick

Graphic: A look at indigent care

Click here to download the graphic showing the surge in indigent patients in Stanislaus County.

Don't get sick

PDF: Day 2 in print

Click here to download the Day 2 package as it appeared in 

Don't get sick

PDF: Day 3 in print

Click here to download the Day 3 package as it appeared in 

Don't get sick

PDF: Indigent Health Services Information

Click here to download a PDF on 

Don't get sick

PDF: Where To Get Help

Click here to download the full PDF of Where to Get Help.

Don't get sick

Graphic: Services on decline; health insurer breakdown

Click here to download the graphic on services on the decline in Stanislaus County.

Don't get sick

PDF: Day 1 in print

Click here to download the Day 1 package as it appeared in The Modesto Bee. February 20, 2011.
Don't get sick

Bullet Points: Government health cuts in Stanislaus County

Here’s a look at some government health cuts in Stanislaus County, and at prospective cuts in Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2011-12 state budget:

Latinos and health care reform

Politico features Latino health reform story

National news site Politico published senior writer John Gonzales' story on how the 48 million Latino residents of the U.S. have a great deal to gain from the federal health reform law. Read "Reform holds huge gains for Latinos."
Wide differences

Chart: Inland Empire infection rates

Infection numbers and rates for so-called "central-line" infections at select hospitals' intensive care units.
Boomers hit 65

Patt Morrison features 'Boomers Turn 65'

Senior writer Emily Bazar discussed her project "The Boomers Turn 65" with Patt Morrison last week on Southern California Public Radio. The stories, published in partnership with the Sacramento Bee, describe potential shortages in hospital beds, doctors and boomers’ personal savings.
At last

Capital Public Radio features hospital infection project

Senior reporter Deborah Schoch appeared on Capital Public Radio's Insight show today to talk about her in-depth reporting on California's hospital infection rates. California just released infection data for most of the general acute care hospitals around the state. Insight show host Jeffrey Callison spoke with Schoch about the data, what patients can learn from it and what hospitals are doing to lower infection rates. Listen to the show here or by clicking the audio box above.
Burning issue

Impact of "Burning Issue"

“A Burning Issue” was published over four days starting May 13, 2010, in the Chico Enterprise-Record and the Oroville Mercury Register, MediaNews dailies at the northern reach of the Central Valley.  The 29-story series scrutinize

Midlife crisis

Impact of "Midlife Crisis"

“Midlife Crisis: The New Uninsured,” published April 30-May 2 in the Ventura County Star.  This multi-story project focused on a surge in Ventura County baby boomers losing high-paying jobs in the recession, along with the health

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