Steve Johnson

1,121 Flips | 37 Magazines | 3 Following | 23 Followers | @steveTFP | I'm the healthcare reporter for the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.  I'm a former senior producer at AOL's Patch, the Associated Press and MSNBC.com, and I taught online journalism for three years at Montclair State University.

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Stanford University’s been in the news lately, what with expanding its tuition waiver last year and now facing renewed scrutiny over its ultra-low …

American Airlines gave its workers a raise. Wall Street freaked out.

This is why we can’t have nice things.<p>American Airlines agreed this week to do something nice for its employees and arguably foresighted for its business by giving flight attendants and pilots a preemptive raise, in order to close a gap that had opened up between their compensation and the …

5 robots that are about to revolutionize the workforce — and put jobs at risk

When it comes to productivity, humans don't come close to robots. Machines don't need sleep, won't slack off or ask for a raise and generally don't …

Drug Overdose Mortality by State

With Push, small publishers have a cheaper, quicker way to develop their own mobile apps

Does every news organization need an app? It’s been a sticky question since Apple opened up the App Store nearly a decade ago. The app pendulum has swung in both directions multiple times over the years: For some publishers, apps remain an essential part of the distribution formula, while for …

Estimates: Average ACA Marketplace Premiums for Silver Plans Would Need to Increase by 19% to Compensate for Lack of Funding for Cost-Sharing Subsidies

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that the average premium for a benchmark silver plan in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces would …

Health Care

The cost of cancer: new drugs show success at a steep price

(Reuters) - Newer cancer drugs that enlist the body’s immune system are improving the odds of survival, but competition between them is not reining in prices that can now top $250,000 a year.<p>A cancer cell (white) being attacked by two cytotoxic T cells (red), part of a natural immune response …

First drug for aggressive MS wins FDA approval after 40-year odyssey

What is it?<p>STAT Plus is a premium subscription that delivers daily market-moving biopharma coverage and in-depth science reporting from a team with …

Set up a VPN in 10 minutes for free—and yes, Americans urgently need one, thanks to Congress

• Sell your browsing history to basically any corporation or government that wants to buy it<br>• Hijack your searches and share them with third parties<br>• Monitor all your traffic by injecting their own malware-filled ads into the websites you visit<br>• Stuff undetectable, un-deletable tracking cookies into all of …

Privacy

Why the white middle class is dying faster, explained in 6 charts

The complicated collapse of middle-aged white Americans.<p>In 2015, a blockbuster study came to a surprising conclusion: Middle-aged white Americans are dying younger for the first time in decades, despite positive life expectancy trends in other wealthy countries and other segments of the US …

Understanding the Intersection of Medicaid and Work

Medicaid is the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low incomes. Overall, the Medicaid program covers one in five Americans, …

Sticker Shock Forces Thousands Of Cancer Patients To Skip Drugs, Skimp On Treatment

John Krahne received alarming news from his doctor last December. His brain tumors were stable, but his lung tumors had grown noticeably larger.<p>The …

Doctors top Glassdoor's list of 25 highest paying jobs in America

Dive Brief:<p>Physicians earn more than any other profession in the U.S., according to Glassdoor’s recently released 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America …

Actuaries’ analysis of ACA alternatives can inform news coverage

For those of us deluged with analyses and opinions from the left and the right over replacements for the Affordable Care Act – the actuarial cavalry …

With billions at stake, a federal judge just nullified the GOP's most cynical attack on Obamacare

Moda Health, a small Oregon health insurer, just won a $214-million judgment against the federal government. Normally that wouldn't be worth reporting, except that in awarding Moda the money, the federal judge in the case dismantled the most cynical attack on the Affordable Care Act that …

Health Care

Details On Death Certificates Offer Layers Of Clues To Opioid Epidemic

Dr. James Gill walked through the morgue in Farmington, Conn., recently, past the dock where the bodies come in, past the tissue donations area, and stopped outside the autopsy room.<p>"We kind of have a typical board listing all of the decedents for the day," Gill said, pointing to the list of names …

People With Medical Debt Most Likely To Be Dunned By Collection Agencies

More people have health insurance than ever before, but many still struggle to pay for care. According to a new report, medical debt is the No. 1 …

New Report Shows Continued Reduction in Hospital-Acquired Conditions - News & Media

In December 2016, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a preliminary update to the National Scorecard on Rates of …

Chattanooga area doctors make changes amidst nationwide shortage

POLL: Have you gotten medical care from a physician assistant?<p>Nurse practioner Megan England checks a chart Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at UT Erlanger …

Erlanger immersed in $100 million project to computerize medical records

Gallery: Erlanger spending $100 million to computerize medical records<p>It takes a while to figure out some of the signs atop the cubicles in the big …

Health Care

More robots in Chattanooga operating rooms [photos, video]

<b>“There is a medical technology Cold War where if I buy one robot, you buy two, I buy this generation, you buy the next and put a billboard out there.</b> …

Medicine

Fear makes prostate cancer even more deadly

Dan Potter, left, and Keith Hall stand Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in CHI Memorial's Missionary Ridge Building.<p>Dan Potter, left, and Keith Hall stand …

Cancer

Is the best Chattanooga metro area hospital in Calhoun, Georgia?

Ratings<p>To see the ratings, search online for “Hospital Compare” or go to www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html to search for hospitals within …

Chattanooga physicians say relying on internet to self-diagnose is a bad idea

POLL: Do you research ailments online before seeing a doctor?<p>ONLINE RESOURCES<p>For those who have been diagnosed with an ailment, there are helpful …

Bacteria found in U.S. could become immune to all current antibiotics, health officials warn

<b>“"This is terrifying — I don't think we can overestimate the danger here."”</b><p>POLL: Are you worried about drug-resistant bacteria?<p>Health officials are …

More women turning to long-acting contraceptives

POLL: Should more be done to make contraceptives available?<p>Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives<p>500 percent<p>LARC use increase since 2002 in …

Public Health

Tennessee doctors: No one knew painkillers were so deadly

POLL: Do you know someone with chronic pain?<p>An opioid crisis.<p>An opioid crisis.<p>Photo by f.duckett<p>TENNESSEE OPIOID LAWS<p>In recent years, Tennessee …

Prosthetics

Hospitals strive to reduce deaths due to doctor, staff mistakes

Dr. Joe Cofer is angry.<p>As Erlanger hospital's chief quality officer, Cofer is responsible for ensuring the care patients get is as good as possible, …

Medicine