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(This page does not include my ongoing writing for Reuters Health, Commercial Property Executive and The Center for Medical Education and editing for Harvard Health Publications nor my previous writing for and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and editing on

Managed Healthcare Executive, January 2016
"Four ways to reduce readmissions"
Article describing the detail-oriented approaches hospitals have to take so they can slash readmission rates

Managed Healthcare Executive, November 2015
"Preventive services: An underutilized resource"
Feature article looking at how health plans can drive better member engagement with preventive services

Freelance Academy Press
Proofread/copy-edited the revised second edition of "Fighting with the German Longsword," by Christian Tobler.

Managed Healthcare Executive, August 2015
"Medicaid incentives: Worth the effort?"
Feature on the early, mixed results from the Medicaid Incentives for Chronic Diseases initiative and similar wellness programs

IHS Engineering 360, April 30, 2015
"Hardening the Energy Coast"
Feature about a Gulf Coast electric utility's efforts to ensure both its own and its customers' resilience following a hurricane

Managed Healthcare Executive, March 2015
"Measles re-emerges"
Feature on the causes of the measles outbreak that started in Disneyland

Medical Economics, Dec. 25, 2014
"The future of malpractice reform"
In-depth feature on why numerous efforts to enact malpractice tort reform simply haven't worked and on what measures are being proposed instead

SCTLive (Shopping Centers Today), Nov. 20, 2014
"Cultivating independent tenants can be a worthwhile investment, panel says"
Report on a panel discussion about non-chain tenants in shopping centers

Managed Healthcare Executive, November 2014
"Autism: Taming a nightmare"
Feature article about the challenges of autism for the managed-care industry

Managed Healthcare Executive, September 2014
"Denial-of-benefits appeals need consistency"
A look at how the Affordable Care Act is tightening appeals processes

Managed Healthcare Executive, July 2014
"What now, ICD-10?"
Feature about the current status of ICD-10 implementation

Managed Healthcare Executive, May 2014
"Prognosis on end-of-life care"
Lead feature of a cover package about the ethics, politics and economics of end-of-life care

Managed Healthcare Executive, April 2014
"Is it time to exit Medicare Advantage?"
A feature assessing whether, as the Affordable Care Act trims payments to Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Advantage is still a good business proposition for private providers

Medical Economics, Feb. 25, 2014
"Monopolizing medicine"
A cover feature package examining the growth of hospital mergers and their potential to affect physicians

Medical Economics, Jan. 25, 2014
"When will Medicaid pay more?"
Feature-length update on Medicaid-Medicare parity

Medical Economics, Oct. 10, 2013
"Uncovering the mysteries of RUC"
An in-depth look at the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, a little-known group that advises the federal government on Medicare reimbursements (versions of this article also appeared on and in Urology Times, Managed Healthcare Executive and Ophthalmology Times)

Medical Economics, Aug. 10, 2013
"Tort reform"
Cover story package examining, among other issues, whether physicians' concerns about being sued are overblown

Medical Economics, July 25, 2013
"The ACA effect"
Cover feature looking at the Affordable Care Act's effects on primary-care physicians, including potential qualitative changes to the patient pool

The Architect's Newspaper, April 17, 2013
"A Tale of Two Hospitals"
Feature article about two vacant hospitals in Chicago

Medical Economics, April 10, 2013
"Out-of-network payments"
Feature-length update on out-of-network payments, following a proposed settlement in a lawsuit against a major insurer

Medical Economics, Sept. 25, 2012
"War or detente?"
Cover story package about the financial side of the payer-provider relationship

Commercial Property Executive magazine, May 2012
"Mission: Critical – High-Tech Spaces Present Special Management Challenges"
Column on property management of high-tech occupancies, such as biotech labs and data centers.

CROR Outcomes, Fall 2011
(CROR Outcomes is the quarterly newsletter of the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.)
Two profiles and two features, including one about a research project on assessing substance abuse in a vocational rehabilitation context

CROR Outcomes, Spring 2011
Two profiles and two features, including one on a study intended to identify quality measures for post-stroke rehabilitation

Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, October 2010
"Biofuels May Be Green, But Color The Risk Yellow"
Cover story examining the hazards posed by the growing use of biofuels

CROR Outcomes, Fall 2010
Two profiles and two features, including one on a project to train rehabilitation researchers to work with large databases

Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, August 2010
"Technology, WMD Threat Drive Hazmat Equipment Evolution"
Cover feature reviewing trends in equipment for response to hazardous materials incidents

Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, January 2010
"CHEMTREC, A Key Hazmat Tool, Expands Its Capabilities"
An update on the Chemical Transportation Emergency Center, a 24/7/365 resource for emergency responders

Chicago Lawyer magazine, September 2009
Feature about the outstanding record of Chicago-Kent College of Law in moot court competition

Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, August 2009
"Economic Slowdown Increases Demand For Used Apparatus"
Trend feature on the market for used fire trucks

Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, June 2009
"NFPA Expands Aerial Envelope Control Provisions"
Feature focusing on electronic controls for aerial ladders and platforms, in the context of a consensus standard from the National Fire Protection Association

Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, May 2009
"Portable Tanks Get Lighter With Enhancements Added"
Feature update on incremental improvements in dump/drop tanks (widely used by rural fire departments)

Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, February 2009
"Extrication Requires Effective Tools, Training and Thinking"
Cover feature on the ongoing coevolution of automobile construction and rescue tools

Chemistry, Fall 2007
"Aqueous solutions"
Feature on new technologies for purifying and desalinating drinking water

360°: The Merrill Lynch Management Magazine, June 2007
"Finding the right road at Navteq"
Case study of a turnaround at a major digital-mapping company

9-1-1 Magazine, Nov/Dec 2005
"London's Bridge"
Profile of the London Fire Brigade's dispatch center

, Autumn 2005
Column on Web sites of interest to chemists and undergraduate chemistry students.

Fra Noi: Chicagoland's Italian American Voice, May 2005
"Living by the sword"
Profile of Greg Mele, co-founder and chief instructor of the Chicago Swordplay Guild

Fire Chief, July 2004
"Fewer Topics, More Depth at U.K./U.S. Meet"
Report on the ninth United Kingdom/United States Fire Service Symposium

Real Estate Mid-America, February 2004
Cleveland Market Pulse: "Steady Improvement Ahead"
Feature-length review of the office, industrial and retail markets in the Cleveland region.

, Winter (2003–)2004
Column on Web sites of interest to chemists and undergraduate chemistry students.

Fire Chief, October 2003
"Profane and Yet Profound"
Obituary for Chief Charlie Rule, 1936–2003.

Real Estate Mid-America, October 2003
"Tough Economies Require Firm Foundations"
Feature on how commercial construction firms across the Midwest are trying to cope with the recession.

Fire Chief, May 2003
"Labor, training at forefront of U.K./U.S. Symposium"
Report on the 8th United Kingdom/United States Fire Service Symposium, Plymouth, England, April 2003.

, Spring 2003
Column on Web sites of interest to chemists and undergraduate chemistry students.

Fire Engineering, February 2003
"I Can Speak Clearly Now"
Technology Today column on air-mask amplifiers.

, Winter (2002–)2003
Column on Web sites of interest to chemists and undergraduate chemistry students.

Real Estate Chicago, October 2002
"Sublease Emerges From the Shadows"
Cover feature on how the office sublease market is increasingly affecting the direct-lease market.

NFPA Journal
(National Fire Protection Assn.), July/August 2002
"Evacuation Access"
Feature on emergency egress from commercial occupancies for people with disabilities.

, June 2002
"Assigning Blame"
Column about the pitfalls of story assignments and how to avoid them.

Real Estate Chicago, June 2002
"Stringent Security -- and Other Property Management Stresses"
Feature on issues and trends in property management, focusing primarily on security in office buildings.

, Spring/Summer 2002
Column on Web sites of interest to chemists and undergraduate chemistry students.

Aviation Week's Homeland Security & Defense
, April 24, 2002
"Federal emergency stockpiles growing to counter WMD threat"
Report on the rapid expansion of federal emergency stockpiles, primarily FEMA's Territorial Logistics Centers and the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile Program.

Aviation Week's Homeland Security & Defense
, April 17, 2002
"State strategies vary widely on stockpiling crisis supplies"
Trend story on the highly diverse ways in which states are approaching the issue of disaster stockpiles.

Aviation Week's Homeland Security & Defense
, April 10, 2002
"Airtight vessel could protect people from bio-chem agents"
Brief on a high-tech bomb-disposal vessel under construction for the Arlington County (Va.) Fire Department.

Real Estate Chicago, March 2002
"Outward Bound"
Feature on the increasing geographic expansion of the warehouse/distribution market in northeastern Illinois.

NFPA Journal
(National Fire Protection Assn.), March/April 2002
"Protecting Records: Post 9-11"
Feature on the crucial role of records protection in business continuity planning.

Aviation Week's Homeland Security & Defense
, March 6, 2002
"Secure communications tops needs of emergency response teams"
Trend story on the emergency management community's highest-priority training and equipment needs.

Aviation Week's Homeland Security & Defense
, Feb. 6, 2002
"Interagency group pushing standards for WMD gear"
Profile of the InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability, a consortium of national organizations and federal, state and local agencies.

Real Estate Chicago, January/February 2002
"Solving the Design-Build Puzzle"
Feature on the Chicago area's design-build industry, focusing on design-build's overall growth and the variations in the process.

Aviation Week's Homeland Security & Defense
, Jan. 30, 2002
"Feds likely to pay for bulk of new firefighter funding"
Trend story on where post–9-11 fire department funding will come from and what fire departments plan to spend it on.

, Dec. 15, 2001
"Split decisions"
Column about the why and how of editorial positions that are shared between two or more magazines.

Mike Holt Enterprises Inc., Tamarac, Fla.
Copy-edited an 80-page workbook on the 2002 revisions to the National Electrical Code and a 225-page manual, "Understanding the National Electrical Code."

Safety & Health (National Safety Council), December 2001
"Getting Recharged"
Feature-length update on National Fire Protection Association standards, primarily the 2002 revision of the National Electrical Code.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Nov. 21, 2001
"Analysis of Mammography Trials Renews Debate on Mortality Reduction" and "Conference Addresses Potential Flaws in Peer-Review Process"
A pair of news stories, on a controversial meta-analysis of screening mammography and on the Fourth International Congress on Peer Review in Biomedical Publication, Barcelona.

American City & County, November 2001
"Preparing for the worst"
Feature on urban terrorism response planning. (contributor)

Real Estate Chicago, October 2001
"A Firm Enough Foundation"
Feature on the commercial construction industry in the Chicago area and how it's adapting to the economic downturn.

Family Safety & Health (National Safety Council), Winter 2001-02
"Win the Fight Against Diabetes"
Feature on the basics of diabetes and recent advances in treatment.

American City & County, September 2001
"Hot topic"
Feature on how local governments will be affected by the recent adoption of National Fire Protection Association 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments.

Real Estate Chicago, September 2001
"One-Stop Senior Living"
Feature on senior housing in the Chicago area, focusing on how the industry is trying to integrate its various product types.

Safety & Health (National Safety Council), September 2001
"OSHA enforcement: More of the same, or less?"
News analysis story on OSHA inspections under the Bush administration.

University Business, September 2001
"Designer Dorms"
Cover story on trends in student housing, including financing, design, amenities and technology.

National Real Estate Investor (Multifamily Monitor supp.), August 2001
"The sun shines on affordable housing"
Profile of SunAmerica Affordable Housing Partners, Los Angeles.

Real Estate Chicago, June 2001
"Chicago: Brownfield Redevelopment Capital of the USA"
Survey of Chicago-area brownfields redevelopment projects and players.

Folio:, June 1, 2001
"Extreme Launch"
Profile of an entrepreneur who used an innovative Web-based strategy to launch a new niche magazine.

Current projects

Although my current workload focuses on short-term assignments for the clients listed at the top of this page, I also write features on a semi-regular basis.

References available on request.

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