A new year of publication marks the beginning of some big changes at MODERN HEALTHCARE.
First, you'll notice a slightly different look to this week's issue. The redesign features a refined cover, more informative headlines and enhanced presentation of charts and other graphics. The project was led by Assistant Managing Editor Keith Horist, Art Director Kevin McConkey and Copy Editor Martha Stone.
Second, we have closed our Dallas and Florida bureaus while expanding our New York and Los Angeles editorial offices.
All our reporters are assigned subject and geographic areas to cover. Their direct telephone numbers are listed each week on our contents page. Following is the roster of reporters and their beats:
Mary Chris Jaklevic covers physician issues, medical groups and the American Medical Association. Her assigned states are Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota.
Bruce Japsen covers investor-owned hospitals and healthcare marketing. His states are Florida, Tennessee and Texas.
J. Duncan Moore Jr. follows quality issues, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, human resources and public health/hospitals. His assigned states are Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma.
John Morrissey covers information systems, telemedicine, Internet/telecommunications, Maryland and Massachusetts.
Lisa Scott follows specialty hospitals, including children's, rural and teaching institutions. She also covers the Catholic Health Association and not-for-profit systems. Her states are Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Charlotte Snow covers post-acute services, including outpatient care, long-term care, subacute care and home healthcare, as well as psychiatric and rehabilitation services. Her states are North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Karen Pallarito heads our New York bureau. She covers finance and issues pertaining to chief financial officers. She stays atop developments in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
Scott Hensley, also based in New York, covers technology, diagnostic imaging, outsourcing, group purchasing and alliances. He follows news in Delaware, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Louise Kertesz, our Los Angeles bureau chief, follows managed care, insurers and Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans. Her states include Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.
Ron Shinkman, also based in Los Angeles, is assigned purchaser/payer issues, business coalitions and healthcare governance. His broad western territory includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Eric Weissenstein, Washington bureau chief, follows Medicare Part A issues and federal healthcare policy.
Jonathan Gardner, also based in Washington, covers Medicare Part B, veterans/military healthcare and the District of Columbia.
A new reporter will succeed David Burda covering Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi, as well as legal issues, risk management, malpractice, community benefits/ownership issues and the American Hospital Association. Burda was recently promoted to news editor.
The third development is the hiring of Vickie Austin as the new marketing director of MODERN HEALTHCARE.
Austin, 40, spent the past two years as medical group vice president for Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. Previously she was a national account executive of McMurry Publishing in Phoenix. She spent five years as a marketing director for Humana hospitals in Phoenix and three years as manager of communications for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Memorial Health Systems.