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Steven Ross Johnson

Reporter/Chicago

Steven Ross Johnson has been a staff reporter for Modern Healthcare magazine since 2013 and covers issues involving public health and other healthcare news. Johnson has been a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Progress Illinois, the Chicago Reporter and the Times of Northwest Indiana and a government affairs reporter for the Courier-News in Elgin, Ill. He received a bachelor's degree in communications from Columbia College in Chicago and a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

AI shows success in reducing premature births


November 06, 2018

Kentucky-based Medicaid managed-care health insurer Passport Health Plan has introduced a pilot program to address the high rate of premature births among its members by using analytics to identify at-risk patients earlier in their pregnancies.

Dr. Hanh Nguyen, of Washington Permanente Medical Group, shares information with a patient at Rainier Medical Center in Seattle.

Industry slow to improve patient health literacy


November 03, 2018

America's low health literacy rate has raised concerns about whether hospitals are taking the wrong approaches to educate patients, or if financial incentives for providers are too small.

Keeping patients safe with therapy dogs, fending off MRSA


October 27, 2018

New research has found that patients who spent more time with therapy dogs increased their risk of contracting the superbug MRSA—a warning to hospitals that haven't examined their policies surrounding the popular programs.

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