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Marshall Allen covers patient safety for ProPublica. He is one of the creators of ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard, which published the complication rates for about 17,000 surgeons who perform eight common elective procedures. He also moderates the ProPublica Patient Safety Facebook group. Allen’s work has been honored with several journalism awards, including the Harvard Kennedy School’s 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and coming in as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for work at the Las Vegas Sun, where he worked before coming to ProPublica in 2011. Before he was in journalism, Allen spent five years in full-time ministry, including three years in Nairobi, Kenya. He has a Master’s degree in Theology.
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March 2, 2015, 9:51 p.m.The Justice Department claimed patient safety celebrity Dr. Chuck Denham solicited payments from a drug company to win a prestigious National Quality Forum endorsement for its product.
Feb. 6, 2015, 6:05 p.m.A firm sold 18,000 knee-replacement tools before the government called a halt.
Nov. 26, 2014, 10:30 a.m.Kickback allegations against its former editor prompted the Journal of Patient Safety to review his writings and adopt new standards for disclosing commercial conflicts of interest.
Nov. 21, 2014, 10:30 a.m.Patients seldom are told or get an apology when they are harmed during medical care, according to a new study based on results from ProPublica's Patient Harm Questionnaire.
Oct. 6, 2014, 10 a.m.Masimo Corporation's chief executive is a leading voice in the movement to reduce medical errors, but the Food and Drug Administration says his company isn't properly investigating complaints.
Aug. 14, 2014, 3:51 p.m.
July 17, 2014, 2:44 p.m.Top patient-safety experts call on Congress to step in and, among other steps, give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wider responsibility for measuring medical mistakes.
April 7, 2014, 10 a.m.A reporter returns to his hometown and confronts the new reality of legalized marijuana.
March 26, 2014, NoonSix recommended steps to take if you've suffered harm in a medical facility.
March 3, 2014, 10:47 a.m.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.
Feb. 28, 2014, 9:40 p.m.The National Quality Forum says it is considering “substantive changes” to guidelines that recommend a surgical antiseptic at the center of a kickback scandal.
Feb. 27, 2014, 3:51 p.m.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.
Feb. 21, 2014, 11:56 a.m.Linda Carswell hoped a lab test might bring closure after her husband’s mysterious death in a Texas hospital. Then came the unimaginable results.
Feb. 12, 2014, 2:34 p.m.The National Quality Forum says it approved allowing Dr. Christine Cassel collect six-figure compensation to serve on the boards of health care companies affected by the group’s work.
Feb. 4, 2014, 12:40 p.m.Following a ProPublica report, Sen. Charles Grassley wants to know what steps the country’s leading health quality group has taken to avoid commercial conflicts-of-interest.
Jan. 28, 2014, 1:18 p.m.After an adviser is accused of taking kickbacks, the National Quality Forum launches a review of its widely used patient safety guidelines.
Jan. 9, 2014, 11:57 a.m.Dozens of readers responded to our post about Ernie Ciccotelli, who couldn’t get a lawyer to pursue his claim for damages from a life-threatening infection he acquired in the hospital.
Jan. 6, 2014, 10:06 a.m.Studies show that nine of 10 patients seeking a medical malpractice attorney won’t find one — women, children and the elderly in particular.
Nov. 19, 2013, 10 a.m.
Nov. 8, 2013, 1:37 p.m.Telling a patient about another doctor’s medical error can mean losing business or suffering retribution. Now, some physicians are looking for ways to break the code of silence.
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