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Olga Pierce is the Deputy Data Editor. Previously, she was a reporter at ProPublica, specializing in data-driven stories. She is a winner of the 2011 Livingston Award for National Reporting and received an honorable mention for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, both for her reporting on increasing corporate interference in the drawing of congressional districts. She also shared 2011 Scripps Howard and Society of Business Editors and Writers awards as part of a team focusing on foreclosures. Olga has appeared on CBS News and C-SPAN, and her stories have been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and the Hindustan Times in New Delhi.
She is a graduate of the Stabile Investigative Journalism Seminar at Columbia University, where she won a Horton Prize for health reporting. Olga is fluent in Czech and has a bachelor’s in international economics from Georgetown University.
Dec. 31, 2015, 9:54 a.m.In the U.S., patients harmed during medical care have few avenues for redress. The Danes chose to forget about fault and focus on what’s fair.
Dec. 18, 2015, 11:40 a.m.More than 1 million patients suffer harm each year in U.S. health care facilities. Often, their harm isn’t acknowledged even as they live with the consequences. ProPublica set out to capture their stories. Here is what we learned.
Dec. 18, 2015, 11:38 a.m.More than 1 million patients suffer harm each year in U.S. health care facilities. Often, their harm isn’t acknowledged even as they live with the consequences. ProPublica set out to capture their stories. Here is what we learned.
Dec. 18, 2015, 5 a.m.Paula Schulte couldn't survive a cascade of medical mistakes. After that, her family couldn't get accountability.
Dec. 14, 2015, 5:33 p.m.More than 1 million patients suffer harm each year in U.S. health care facilities. Often, their harm isn’t acknowledged even as they live with the consequences. ProPublica set out to capture their stories. Here is what we learned.
Oct. 13, 2015, 2:15 p.m.The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery says ProPublica’s analysis can help identify surgeons with a high rate of complications.
Oct. 7, 2015, 5:55 p.m.The think tank claims Scorecard’s methods aren’t reliable, but its commentary is undermined by supposition, conflicts of interest and a lack of evidence.
July 17, 2015, 10:53 a.m.As a medical student, Florida spine surgeon Constantine Toumbis stabbed a friend outside a bar. Documents show he omitted or misrepresented his record in regulatory filings.
July 16, 2015, 1:41 p.m.The names of five cancer centers were missing from Surgeon Scorecard. We have updated the database so you can now find them.
July 13, 2015, 11:20 p.m.We calculated complication rates for surgeons performing one of eight elective procedures under Medicare, carefully adjusting for differences in patient health, age and hospital quality. Use this database to know more about a surgeon before your operation.
July 13, 2015, 11:14 p.m.The methodology for our analysis of surgical complication rates.
July 13, 2015, 11:01 p.m.A ProPublica analysis of nearly 17,000 surgeons finds stark differences in complications rates for some of the most routine elective procedures.
Feb. 6, 2015, 5:05 p.m.A firm sold 18,000 knee-replacement tools before the government called a halt.
Nov. 21, 2014, 9:30 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.
Jan. 9, 2014, 10:57 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, 9:06 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.
Dec. 18, 2013, 1:29 p.m.Worker’s comp data collected from five states shows temps are far more likely to be injured on the job.
Dec. 18, 2013, 1:27 p.m.Temp workers are thrown into dangerous work with little training and suffer injuries far more often than permanent employees.
March 21, 2013, 1:30 p.m.It's estimated that more than a million people per year suffer infections, medical mistakes and other harm in the hospital. But even if patients are lucky enough to physically recover, their lives may never be the same.
March 14, 2013, 12:40 p.m.An exchange between ProPublica and the California Redistricting Commission.
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