OK, this really isn't news (it's been public for several weeks now), but I was recently selected as one of seven finalists in the 3rd Annual NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Awards:

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the health of Americans by spurring workable and creative solutions to pressing health care problems.

...The NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Award recognizes excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care topics through analysis grounded in empirical evidence. The three-year-old award carries a $10,000 prize and is judged by an independent panel of experts:

  • Julia Belluz,
  • Christopher J. Conover, Duke University
  • Austin Frakt, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Matthew Holt, The Health Care Blog
  • Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View
  • Michael Millenson, Health Quality Advisors LLC
  • Alan Murray, Time Inc. & Fortune
  • Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University

Last year's winner was a colleague of mine, of sorts: Andrew Sprung, aka "Xpostfactoid", who writes occasional freelance pieces over at as I do from time to time.

Anyway, I was holding off on posting anything about it until the winner was announced. It wasn't me*, but that's fine; I truly am honored to be among the finalists, which include...

Congratulations to the finalists for the 3rd Annual NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Award! We received over 100 entries for the award, representing the best health care digital media from 2016.

I'll be honest...I was a bit stunned that my big ol' pie chart is considered to be in the same league as a 4-part PBS FRONTLINE series and so forth, but I'm deeply honored regardless. Huge congrats to the other finalists (a few of whom I've referenced here at ACA Signups before, such as Anna Barry-Jester and Zachary Tracer).

Anyway, the other cool thing is that they have this big Awards Dinner thing the first week of June in DC which I'll be attending; it'll be nice to finally meet some of the other healthcare wonks/reporters I've been hobnobbing with online for the past 3+ years.

*(I'm not going to say who did win, since I'm not sure if that's been made public yet or not)

UPDATE: OK, they just announced the winners publicly; congrats to all!

Winners Named in 23rd Annual NIHCM Research and Journalism Awards

General Circulation Print Journalism Award

Jon Kamp, Jeanne Whalen, Arian Campo-Flores, Joseph Walker, Valerie Bauerlein, Jennifer Levitz, Scott Calvert and Brian Spegele, "Hooked: The global causes and human consequences of America's addiction to opioids," The Wall Street Journal, 5/19/2016, 6/23/2016, 10/5/2016, 11/4/2016, 11/22/2016, 12/15/2016, 12/23/2016, 12/29/2016

Trade Journalism Award

Bob Herman and Fan Fei, “Wounded Care,” Modern Healthcare

Television and Radio Journalism Award

Howard Berkes, Robert Little, Nicole Beemsterboer, Benny Becker and Jeff Young, “Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge in Appalachia,” All Things Considered, NPR, and Ohio Valley ReSource, 12/15/2016, 12/16/2016

Digital Media Award

David Armstrong, Matthew Orr and Natalia Bronshtein, “STAT: Coverage of the opioid crisis," STAT (Part 1, 2, 3, 4)

Research Award

Keith Marzilli Ericson and Amanda Starc, “How Product Standardization Affects Choice: Evidence from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Exchange,” Journal of Health Economics

Honorable Mention:

Jason Abaluck, Leila Agha, Chris Kabrhel, Ali Raja and Arjun Venkatesh, “The Determinants of Productivity in Medical Testing: Intensity and Allocation of Care,” American Economic Review