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Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter for ProPublica covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry.
In collaboration with Tracy Weber, Ornstein was a lead reporter on a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times titled "The Troubles at King/Drew" hospital that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service in 2005. His ProPublica series, with Tracy Weber, "When Caregivers Harm: California's Unwatched Nurses" was a finalist for a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Ornstein reported for the Times starting in 2001, in the last five years largely in partnership with Weber. Earlier, Ornstein spent five years as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. He is a past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a former Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow.
Nov. 19, 1:59 p.m.As presidential candidates focus more on drug prices, new data from the website Iodine shows that generics scored highest among users in three popular drug categories. ProPublica has teamed up with Iodine to add user reviews to our Prescriber Checkup tool.
Nov. 17, 10 a.m.The federal privacy law known as HIPAA doesn’t cover home paternity tests, fitness trackers or health apps. When a Florida woman complained after seeing the paternity test results of thousands of people online, federal regulators told her they didn’t have jurisdiction.
Oct. 29, 4:13 p.m.Officials at Philidor Rx Services, which was terminated today by two major pharmacy benefits managers, didn’t tell regulators in Texas or California about the license denial when seeking to buy stakes in other pharmacies.
Oct. 27, 5:30 a.m.The Federal Trade Commission is examining whether Valeant’s recent acquisition of a company that makes a key component of rigid contact lenses violates anti-trust laws.
Oct. 23, 1:19 p.m.In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, a pharmacy owner claims a company associated with Valeant is trying to circumvent California law to distribute drugs in the state.
Oct. 23, 4 a.m.University students have less privacy for their campus health records than they would have if they sought care off campus. Schools say they are trying to seek the right balance between privacy and safety.
Oct. 23, 4 a.m.Laura Hanson says University of Oregon attorneys obtained her counseling records without her permission. The university says it did nothing wrong, but has since changed its policy.
Oct. 22, 4:02 p.m.A key Valeant pharmacy was denied a license in California for making false statements. Months later, people affiliated with it gained an ownership stake in a licensed pharmacy.
Oct. 16, 1:15 p.m.The cost of drugs for the liver disease in the first half of 2015 almost matches the total for all of 2014.
Oct. 8, 10 a.m.Drugmakers disclose their payments to doctors, dentists, even chiropractors. But spending on nurse practitioners and physician assistants is excluded. Legislation in the Senate would change that.
Sep. 11, 7 a.m.Though most didn’t step foot in Vietnam, some 90,000 Navy vets who served offshore may have been exposed to the chemical brew and seek benefits. The battle is playing out in the courts and in Congress. It boils down to a comma.
Sep. 9, 7 a.m.The move follows a ProPublica analysis showing mistakes involving the drug resulted in injuries and deaths of nursing home residents.
Aug. 27, 7 a.m.Garbage has become an unlikely battleground in the abortion debate, as anti-abortion groups seek evidence of privacy violations in clinics’ trash. “Is it a little bit on the sketchy side?” one activist said of such tactics. “Yeah, maybe.”
Aug. 25, 6 p.m.Across the country, those who support abortion rights and those who oppose them are feuding in court over how much information should be disclosed about women undergoing abortions. Supporters say there’s no margin for error. Opponents say it’s about ensuring quality care.
Aug. 21, 10:37 a.m.We've updated our database of Medicare’s payments to individual doctors and other health professionals serving the 49 million seniors and disabled in its Part B program.
Aug. 21, 9:51 a.m.When choosing a doctor who's right for you, you don't have to rely exclusively on a friend's recommendation or a referral. Now you can check whether your medical provider practices similarly to his or her peers.
Aug. 21, 9:50 a.m.How we made a news app to compare doctors Medicare billing patterns.
Aug. 6, 4 a.m.In a new partnership with Yelp, ProPublica has been given unprecedented access to the rating site’s 1.3 million reviews of healthcare providers. One dental chain attracted 3,000 reviews, the vast majority bad.
Aug. 3, NoonInspectors are being asked to pay greater attention following analysis showing mistakes resulting in injuries and deaths.
July 17, 3 p.m.The 1991 law presumes veterans were exposed to the defoliant if they have certain diseases and “set foot” in Vietnam, but Navy vets and Air Force vets in Thailand say they were also exposed. Here’s our guide to groups seeking Agent Orange benefits.
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