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As Full Disclosure Nears, Doctors’ Pay for Drug Talks Plummets

As transparency increases and blockbuster drugs lose patent protection, drug companies have dramatically scaled back payments to doctors for promotional talks. This fall, all drug and medical device companies will be required to report payments to doctors.

Freed of Disclosure Requirement, Drug Maker Pulls Doctor Payments Offline

Drugmaker Cephalon had been required to post its payments to doctors online as part of a lawsuit settlement. After its agreement expired, it removed them from its website.

One Third of Skilled Nursing Patients Harmed in Treatment

A study by Medicare’s inspector general of skilled nursing facilities says nearly 22,000 patients were injured and more than 1,500 died in a single month — a higher rate of medical errors than hospitals.

Health Quality Group Rethinks Drug Endorsement

The National Quality Forum says it is considering “substantive changes” to guidelines that recommend a surgical antiseptic at the center of a kickback scandal.

Voting Rights Advocates Try to Put Oversight Back on the Map

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states and local governments with a history of discrimination no longer needed to submit new voting laws for federal approval. Now, voting rights advocates are trying to put them back under oversight using the courts and Congress.

Citing ‘Distraction,’ Quality Forum CEO Resigns Board Seats

Dr. Christine Cassel said she is voluntarily stepping down from directorships at two health care companies that have an interest in the National Quality Forum’s work.

FDA Opens Review of Rules for Over-the-Counter Drugs, Including Acetaminophen

Federal regulators’ announcement that they will examine the regulation of non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, follows a ProPublica investigation.

Assisted Living Giant Is Focus of Federal Probe

Investigators for the last year have been examining the operations of Emeritus Senior Living, the nation’s largest assisted living company.

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How Exactly Do Colleges Allocate Their Financial Aid? They Won’t Say.

Universities rarely release the specific criteria behind their aid decisions. Could a little-known regulation help open the black box?

Temp Worker Regulations Around the World

The United States has some of the weakest labor protections for temp workers in the developed world. Here, we map out how countries compare based on data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

U.S. Lags Behind World in Temp Worker Protections

'Permatemping' cases highlight lack of U.S. protections for temp workers. Other countries limit the length of temp jobs, guarantee equal pay and restrict dangerous work.

Hidden in a Heart, a Discovery ‘Beyond Belief’

Linda Carswell hoped a lab test might bring closure after her husband’s mysterious death in a Texas hospital. Then came the unimaginable results.

In Etan Patz Case, The Verdict Is…

Nearly two years after Pedro Hernandez was arrested for murdering Etan Patz, he has yet to have an essential hearing on whether the central evidence against him is even admissible.

Podcast: The Medical Arms Race

ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein and Steve Engelberg discuss how a peculiar ad for the da Vinci robot offers a glimpse into the hardball world of marketing medical devices.

One J-School Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half

As part of our ongoing investigation into the role colleges and universities play in the intern economy, we spoke with an internship coordinator to learn more about the process of developing an internship program.

Hydrogen Fuel Set to Take Off, But Safety Concerns Remain

In California, hydrogen-fueled cars are gaining in popularity. Will their safety issues garner greater scrutiny?

Brandeis, Marquette, Western Washington and Northwestern Students Team Up With Project Intern

We’ve added three new schools, and four new project partners in our effort to collect information on internship programs at schools across the country.

How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network

An obscure Arizona nonprofit disbursed millions in cash from anonymous donors. Some was spent on the 2012 elections.