News & Events

  • This webinar, hosted by USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism with support from NIHCM Foundation, will look at groundbreaking new research on what private insurance plans are paying for common procedures in markets across the country and how those prices are influenced by provider consolidation.

  • Living in poverty can have serious health consequences. Lower-income Americans are at higher risk of developing chronic diseases, and providers report challenges ensuring compliance with treatment guidelines when their patients have limited resources.

  • Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on vitamins and supplements. But how do we know these pills are safe? In Supplements and Safety, FRONTLINE, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation team up to investigate the supplement industry...

  • To recognize the critical role of researchers and journalists in improving the health care system, each year NIHCM Foundation presents awards for outstanding work in these fields. We are pleased to announce a call for entries for our 22nd annual awards program.

  • The New York Times has a front-page story today highlighting new research about variations in health spending. This research, led by Yale University's Zack Cooper and supported by grants from NIHCM Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund, marks a major advance in the understanding of prices and spending in private insurance.

  • NIHCM Foundation hosted a webinar on strategies to improve adolescent health and reduce teen pregnancy...

Previous Winners

NIHCM Foundation Award Winners

Research Award Winners

21st Annual Health Care Research Award (2015) (Finalists)

20th Annual Health Care Research Award (2014) (Finalists)

19th Annual Health Care Research Award (2013) (Finalists)

18th Annual Health Care Research Award (2012) (Finalists)

  • Winner: Jason Abaluck, Jonathan Gruber, “Choice Inconsistencies Among the Elderly: Evidence from Plan Choice in the Medicare Part D Program,” American Economic Review 101(4): 1180–1210.
  • Honorable Mention: Niteesh Choudhry, Jerry Avorn, Robert Glynn, Elliott Antman, Sebastian Schneeweiss, Michele Toscano, Lonny Reisman, Joaquim Fernandes, Claire Spettell, Joy Lee, Raisa Levin, Troyen Brennan, William Shrank. “Full Coverage for Preventive Medications after Myocardial Infarction.” New England Journal of Medicine 365 (22): 2088-2097.

17th Annual Health Care Research Award (2011) (Finalists)

  • Mark Duggan, Fiona Scott Morton, "The Effect of Medicare Part D on Pharmaceutical Prices and Utilization," American Economic Review 100(1): 590-607.

16th Annual Health Care Research Award (2010)

  • Deborah Peikes, Arnold Chen, Jennifer Schore, Randall Brown, "Effects of Care Coordination on Hospitalization, Quality of Care, and Health Care Expenditures Among Medicare Beneficiaries: 15 Randomized Trials," JAMA 301(6): 603-18.

15th Annual Health Care Research Award (2009)

  • Michael Chernew, Mayur Shah, Arnold Wegh, Stephen Rosenberg, Iver Juster, Allison Rosen, Michael Sokol, Kristina Yu-Isenberg, A. Mark Fendrick, "Impact of Decreasing Copayments on Medication Adherence Within a Disease Management Environment." Health Affairs 27(1):103-112.

14th Annual Health Care Research Award (2008)

  • Co-Winner: Randall P. Ellis and Thomas G. McGuire, “Predictability and Predictiveness in Health Care Spending,” Journal of Health Economics, 2007, 26(1):25-48.
  • Co-Winner: Richard G. Frank and Richard J. Zeckhauser, “Custom-Made Versus Ready to Wear Treatments: Behavioral Propensities in Physicians’ Choices,” Journal of Health Economics, 2007, 26(6): 1101-1127.

13th Annual Health Care Research Award (2007)

  • M. Kate Bundorf and Mark V. Pauly, "Is Health Insurance Affordable for the Uninsured?" Journal of Health Economics, 25, 2006.

12th Annual Health Care Research Award (2006)

  • Peter J. Cunningham, PhD and Len Nichols, PhD, "The Effects of Medicaid Reimbursement on the Access to Care of Medicaid Enrollees: A Community Perspective," Medical Care Research and Review, 2005 Dec;62(6):676-96.

11th Annual Health Care Research Award (2004)

  • Martin Gaynor, PhD, James B. Rebitzer, PhD, and Lowell J. Taylor, "Physician Incentives in Health Maintenance Organizations." Journal of Political Economy, 2004, vol. 112, no. 4.

10th Annual Health Care Research Award (2003)

  • David Dranove, PhD, Daniel P. Kessler, JD, PhD, Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD and Mark Satterthwaite, PhD, "Is More Information Better? The Effects of 'Report Cards' on Health Care Providers," Journal of Political Economy, 2003; 111(3):555-588.

9th Annual Health Care Research Award (2002)

  • Dana P. Goldman, PhD and James P. Smith, PhD, "Can Patient Self-Management Help Explain the SES Health Gradient?," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, August 6, 2002; 99(16):10929-10934.

8th Annual Health Care Research Award (2001)

  • Roland Sturm, PhD, "How Does Risk Sharing Between Employers and a Managed Behavioral Health Organization Affect Mental Health Care?," Health Services Research, October 2000; 35(4):761-776.

7th Annual Health Care Research Award (2000)

  • John E. Kralewski, PhD, Eugene C. Rich, MD, Roger Feldman, PhD, Bryan E. Dowd, PhD, Terence Bernhardt, Christopher Johnson, PhD and William Gold, MD, "The Effects of Medical Group Practice and Physician Payment Methods on Costs of Care," Health Services Research, August 2000; 35(3): 591-613.

6th Annual Health Care Research Award (1999)

  • General Health: Laurence C. Baker and Martin L. Brown, "Managed Care, Consolidation Among Health Care Providers, and Health Care: Evidence from Mammography, RAND Journal of Economics, Summer 1999; 30(2):351-374.
  • Children and Family Health: Stephen H. Long, PhD and M. Susan Marquis, PhD, "Geographic Variation in Physician Visits for Uninsured Children: The Role of the Safety Net," JAMA, June 2, 1999; 281(21):2035-2040.

5th Annual Health Care Research Award (1998)

  • General Health: David Dranove, PhD and William White, PhD, "Medicaid-Dependent Hospitals and Their Patients: How Have They Fared?," Health Services Research, June 1998, Part I; 33(2):163-185
  • Children and Family Health: Judith R. Lave, PhD, Christopher R. Keane, ScD, MPH, Chyongchiou J. Lin, PhD, Edmund M. Ricci, PhD, Gabriele Amersbach, MA and Charles P. LaVallee, "Impact of a Children's Health Insurance Program on Newly Enrolled Children," JAMA, June 10, 1998; 279(22):1820-1825.

4th Annual Health Care Research Award (1997)

  • General Health Co-Winner: Laurence C. Baker, "The Effect of HMOs on Fee-for-Service Health Care Expenditures: Evidence From Medicare," Journal of Health Economics, 1997; 16:453-481.
  • General Health Co-Winner: David Meltzer, "Accounting for Future of Costs in Medical Cost-Effectiveness Analysis,"Journal of Health Economics, 1997; 16:33-64.
  • Children and Family Health: David L. Olds, PhD, John Eckenrode, PhD, Charles R. Henderson, Jr., Harriet Kitzman, RN, PhD, Jane Powers, PhD, Robert Cole, PhD, Kimberly Sidora, MPH, Pamela Morris, Lisa M. Pettitt and Dennis Luckey, PhD, "Long-term Effects of Home Visitation on Maternal Life Course and Child Abuse and Neglect," JAMA, August 27,1997; 278(8):637-643.

3rd Annual Health Care Research Award (1996)

  • Robert S. McDuffie, Jr., MD, Arne Beck, PhD, Kimberly Bischoff, MSHA, Jean Cross, MHA and Miriam Orleans, PhD, "Effect of Frequency of Prenatal Care Visits on Perinatal Outcome Among Low-Risk Women," JAMA, March 20, 1996; 275(11):847-851.

2nd Annual Health Care Research Award(1995)

  • Douglas Wholey, PhD, Roger Feldman, PhD and Jon B. Christianson, PhD, "The Effect of Market Structure on HMO Premiums," Journal of Health Economics, 1995; 14:81-105.

1st Annual Health Care Research Award (1994)

  • Stephen Shortell, PhD, Denise Rousseau, PhD, Jack Zimmerman, MD, Robin Gillies, PhD, Douglas Wagner, PhD, Elizabeth Draper, RN, William Knaus, MD and Joanne Duffy, RN, "The Performance of Intensive Care Units: Does Good Management Make a Difference?," Medical Care, May 1994; 32(5):508-525.

Print Journalism Award Winners

21st Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2015) (Finalists)

20th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2014) (Finalists)

  • Winner, General Circulation: Ellen Gabler, Mark Johnson, John Fauber, Allan James Vestal, Kristyna Wentz-Graff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Deadly Delays,” (series): November-December 2013
  • Honorable Mention, General Circulation: Dave Philipps (reporter), Michael Ciaglo (photographer), Colorado Springs Gazette, “Other than Honorable,” (series): May-October 2013
  • Trade Publication: Joe Carlson, Modern Healthcare, “You Don't Always Get What You Pay For,” October 26, 2013

19th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2013) (Finalists)

18th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2012) (Finalists)

  • General Circulation: *Michael J. Berens, Ken Armstrong, The Seattle Times, "Methadone and the Politics of Pain" (series): December 11-13, 2011.
  • Winner, Trade Publication: Carol Patton, Human Resource Executive, "Coupon Overdose," June 2, 2011.
  • Honorable Mention, Trade Publication: Bill Coffin, National Underwriter Life & Health, "Tragic Tale," November 7, 2011.

17th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2011) (Finalists)

  • General Circulation: *Marshall Allen, Alex Richards, Las Vegas Sun staff, Las Vegas Sun, "Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas" (series): 6/27/10, 8/8/10, 9/19/10, 11/14/10, 12/26/10.
  • Trade Publication: Joe Carlson, Modern Healthcare, "Bad for business," August 2, 2010.

16th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2010)

  • General Circulation: Atul GawandeThe New Yorker, “The Cost Conundrum," June 1, 2009.
  • Runner-up, General CirculationJohn Fauber, Susanne Rust, Meg Kissinger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Side Effects” (series): 1/11/09, 1/12/09, 1/25/09, 2/27/09, 4/28/09, 6/21/09, 8/9/09, 8/16/09, 11/8/09, 12/24/09.
  • Trade PublicationJoe CarlsonModern Healthcare, “Trauma to the System," November 30, 2009.
  • Honorable Mention : Nancy Watzman, Bill Allison, Sarah Dorsey, Luke Rosiak, Noah Kunin, Kerry Mitchell, Anu Narayanswamy, Sunlight Foundation, “The Heart of the Matter: How Congress and Special Interests Kept Crucial Clinical Trial Data Secret.” 

15th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2009)

  • General Circulation: John Carreyrou, Barbara Martinez and Geeta Anand, The Wall Street Journal , Nonprofit Hospitals (series): 4/4/08, 4/28/08, 6/28-29/08, 8/28/08, 8/30-31/08, 10/14/08, 11/21/08, 12/12/08, supporting articles: 12/18/08, 2/13/09, 2/18/09
  • Trade Publication: Shelley Wood, (by WebMD), The Myxo Ring Mix-Up (series)

14th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2008)

  • General Circulation: Chris Adams, McClatchy Newspapers, “VA Mental Health Crisis,” February 5, March 27, May 10, September 16 , November 28, and December 20, 2007 (series).
  • Trade Publications: Jeremy Smerd, Workforce Management Magazine, for a pair of stories: “Backfire at Boeing,” February 26, 2007 and "Doctor's Error, Your Expense,” June 11, 2007.

13th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2007) 

  • General Circulation Publications:  Jane Hansen, "Through Hell and High Water," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 2006.
  • Health Care Trade Publications: Robert Lowes, "Crisis in Health Care: Does Vick Wood Have the Answer?" Medical Economics, December 16, 2006.

12th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2006) 

  • General Circulation PublicationsGeeta Anand, "The Most Expensive Drugs," (series) The Wall Street Journal, November 15, November 16, December 1, December 28 2005.
  • Honorable Mention: Gilbert Gaul, "Chronic Condition: The Waste in Medicare Spending," (series) The Washington Post, July 24 - 26, 2005.
  • Health Care Trade Publications: Laura Benko, "Chronic Questions," Modern Healthcare, August 8, 2005.

11th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2005) 

  • General Circulation Publications: Clifton Leaf, "Why We're Losing the War on Cancer (And How to Win It)," FORTUNE Magazine, March 22, 2004
  • Honorable Mention: *Diana K. Sugg, "If I Die," (series) The Baltimore Sun, Dec. 19-22, 2004.
  • Health Care Trade Publications: Katherine Barrett, Richard Greene, and Michele Mariani, "A Case of Neglect," Governing Magazine Special Issue, February 2004

10th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2004)

  • General Circulation Publications: *Geeta Anand, Elena Cherney, Peter Landers, Laura Landro, Laurie McGinley, Antonio Regalado and Bernard Wysocki, Jr., "Who Gets Health Care?," The Wall Street Journal
  • Honorable Mention*Thomas M. Burton and Kevin Helliker, "The Menace of Aortic Aneurysms," The Wall Street Journal and Steve Twedt "The Cost of Courage," Pittsburgh Post Gazette
  • Health Care Trade Publications: Steve Ellman, "Code of Silence," Daily Business Review
  • Honorable MentionMary Chris Jaklevic, "It's More Than Just Tenet," Modern Healthcare

9th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2003)

  • General Circulation Publications: Michael J. Berens and Bruce Japsen, "Unhealthy Hospitals," Chicago Tribune, July 21-23, 2002 (3-part series).
  • Honorable Mention: Leslie Boyd, "Ethan's Story," Asheville Citizen-Times, December 29, 2002 p. A18
  • Health Care Trade Publications: Cinda Becker, "Stuck in the Middle," Modern Healthcare, October 21, 2002, pp. 4, 5, 14.

8th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2002)

  • General Circulation Publications: Ken Fosket and Ann Hardie, "Dying in Darkness," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 2-3, 2001.
  • Honorable MentionDiane Solov and Regina McEnery, "Will Your ER Be There for You?" The Plain Dealer, April 1-2, 2001
  • Honorable Mention: Steve Twedt, "It's a Crime," The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 15-18, 2001 (4-part series)
  • Health Care Trade Publications: David Ollier Weber, "Getting the Jump on Leapfrog," COR Healthcare Market Strategist, Volume 2, Number 12, December 2001

7th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2001) 

  • General Circulation Publications: Melinda Roth, "State of Pain," The River Front Times, February 9, 2000. 
  • Honorable MentionW. Matt Meyer, Tonya Smith-King, and Wendy Wilson, "What's Killing Us?" The Jackson Sun, September 2000,
  • Honorable Mention: Malia Rulon,"Unhealthy Cuts," Associated Press, February 15, 2000.
  • Health Care Trade Publications: Jessica Portner, "Teen Suicide: The Silent Epidemic," Education Week, April 12, 2000 (Part I)
  • Honorable Mention: Emil Vernarec, "Depression in the Workforce: Seeing the Cost in a Fuller Light," Business Health, April 2000 and June 2000 (Series)

6th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (2000)

  • General Circulation Publications: Larry Tye, "Patients at Risk," The Boston Globe.
  • Health Care Trade PublicationsJoanne Todd, "The Trouble with Mergers," Healthcare Business Media, September-October 1999, pp. 92-101.
  • Children and Family HealthSara Selis, "The Troubled Teen Business," Healthcare Business Media, March-April 1999, pp. 34-38, 55

5th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (1999)

  • General Circulation Publications: *Robert Whitaker and Delores Kong, "Doing Harm: Research on the Mentally Ill," The Boston Globe, November 15-18, 1998
  • Honorable Mention: Bonnie Harris, Joe Fahy, and Steve Healy, "The Tarnished Years: How The Nursing Home System Fails Our Seniors," The Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis News, June 21-26, 1998
  • Health Care Trade Publications: Scott Hensley, "Out for Blood," Modern Health, June 22, 1998
  • Honorable MentionSteve Heimoff, "Cash Cows," California Medicine, March 1998
  • Children and Family HealthJoe Calderone, Kevin Flynn, Jon Naso, Tom Robbins, and Raphael Sugarman, "Asthma: The Silent Epidemic," The Daily News, February 22, 23, 24, 25, and March 1, 1998 (Series).

4th Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (1998) 

  • General Circulation Publications: *Russell Carollo and Jeff Nesmith, The Dayton Daily News, "Unnecessary Danger," October 5-11, 1997, p. 32-35, 46.
  • Health Care Trade Publications: Mark Hagland, "When IPA's Fail," California Medicine, September 1997

 3rd Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (1997)

  • General Circulation Publications: Boston Globe Spotlight Team, "For Profit Medicine Arrives in Massachusetts," The Boston Globe.
  • Health Care Trade Publications: Greg Borzo, "Breaking the E-Code," American Medical News.

2nd Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (1996) 

  • General Circulation Publications: Cheryl W. Thompson, "Heart Trouble at KU Med," Kansas City Star, May 7, 1995
  • Health Care Trade Publications: Harris Meyer, "The Quagmire of Medicaid Reform," American Medical News, 1995

1st Annual Health Care Print Journalism Award (1995)

  • Large Circulation: *Fred Schulte and Jenni Bergal, "Profits from Pain," Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, December 25, 1994, p. 16.
  • Small Circulation: Amber Smith, "The Bypass Business," Syracuse Herald Journal

* Pulitzer Prize winner or nominee

Television and Radio Journalism Award Winners

8th Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award (2015) (Finalists)

  • Sanjay Gupta, “Weed 2: Cannabis Madness,” CNN Special Reports, 3/11/14
  • Sebastian Walker (Correspondent), Sam Black (Producer), Joel Van Haren (Director of Photography), Lindy Jankura (Editor), Abdulai Bah (Associate Producer), Shannon Stanley and Dana Merwin (Production Managers), Nikhil Swaminathan (Digital Producer), Carrie Lozano (Senior Producer), Mathieu Skene (Executive Producer), “Opioid Wars,” Fault Lines, Al Jazeera America, 10/25/14

7th Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award (2014) (Finalists)

  • Rick Young (Producer/Director), Anthony Szulc (Co-producer/Editor), David E. Hoffman (Correspondent), Emma Schwartz (Associate Producer/Reporter), Fritz Kramer (Associate Producer/Assistant Editor), Lynne Perri (Managing Editor), Charles Lewis (Executive Editor), Andrew Metz (Series Senior Editor), Raney Aronson (Deputy Executive Producer), David Fanning (Executive Producer), “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria,” FRONTLINE, PBS

6th Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award (2013) (Finalists)

  • Jeff Fager (Executive Producer); Bill Owens (Executive Editor); Sam Hornblower, Michael Rey & Oriana Zill de Granados (Producers); Robert Zimet (Editor); Steve Kroft (Correspondent); “Cost of Admission,” 60 Minutes, CBS

5th Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award (2012) (Finalists)

  • Catherine Sager (Producer/Director), John E. Maher (Director of Photography), Brian Leonard (Senior Producer), Jeremy Cole (Production Manager), Karen Silverstein (Editor), "Autism: Coming of Age," produced by Veritech Corporation, sponsored by MassMutual, distributed by American Public Television.

4th Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award (2011) (Finalists)

  • Jon Palfreman (Producer/Writer/Director), Kate McMahon (Co-producer), Mark Rublee (Director of Photography), Raoul Rosenberg (Editor), “FRONTLINE: The Vaccine War,” FRONTLINE, PBS.

3rd Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award (2010)

  • Anne Gudenkauf (Editor), Gisele Grayson (Producer), Alix Spiegel (Reporter), Jane Greenhalgh (Research Assistant), “How Bone Disease Grew to Fit the Prescription,” NPR.

2nd Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award (2009)

  • “UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?”,  Larry Adelman (Executive Producer), Llewellyn Smith (Co-Executive Producer), Christine Herbes-Sommers (Senior Producer)California Newsreel with Vital Pictures.

1st Annual Television and Radio Journalism Award (2008)

  • Bob Woodruff (reporter), Keith Summa & Gabrielle Tenenbaum (Producers), Tom Yellin (Executive Producer), Kayce Freed Jennings (Senior Producer), “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports,” The Documentary Group/ABC News.*

* Peabody Award winner

Digital Media Award Winners

1st Annual Digital Media Award (2015) (finalists)

1225 19th St. NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036 · Tel: 202-296-4426 · Fax: 202-296-4319