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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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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.
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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.
Oct. 11, 2013, 10:59 a.m.ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen interviews Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada about their new book, “League of Denial," which reveals that the NFL spent decades undermining researchers who found links between football and brain injuries and played down the risks.
Sep. 19, 2013, 10:03 a.m.An updated estimate says it could be at least 210,000 patients a year – more than twice the number in the Institute of Medicine’s frequently quoted report, “To Err is Human.”
Sep. 16, 2013, 3 p.m.ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen sits down with Megan Twohey of Reuters to get the story behind "The Child Exchange" investigation, which looked into how U.S. families use Internet message boards to abandon difficult children adopted from other countries.
Aug. 30, 2013, 11:59 a.m.Since the mysterious death of Linda Carswell’s husband, a Texas hospital has kept his heart on ice. This week, an appeals court lifted an order blocking Carswell’s family from retrieving it.
July 15, 2013, 2:27 p.m.ProPublica reporters explain the data behind Prescriber Checkup, the first database to reveal what medications doctors and other providers are giving patients under Medicare’s Part D prescription drug program.
July 15, 2013, 11:23 a.m.Over the course of his 16-year career as a registered nurse, Charles Cullen murdered at least 40 patients – making him one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. Author Charles Graeber chronicled Cullen’s killing spree in his book, The Good Nurse, and shares the chilling backstory.
Feb. 11, 2013, 3:58 p.m.ProPublica's Marshall Allen, Olga Pierce and Blair Hickman walk us through their ongoing series on patient safety, and how it’s essentially inverted the investigative process by incorporating community and crowdsourcing efforts long before they’ve published a single traditional story.
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