Our Code of Ethics

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT - By Aurora Aguilar, Ed­i­tor

In­tegrity and ac­cu­racy set the foun­da­tion of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween jour­nal­ists and their au­di­ences. We pride our­selves on be­ing the most cred­i­ble source of healthcare busi­ness news and in­for­ma­tion avail­able. Our Edi­to­rial Code of Ethics, which is reg­u­larly up­dated and can be found un­der the “About Us” sec­tion of Mod­ern­Health­care.com, of­fers the parameters un­der which we work. This is an edited ver­sion.

Ac­cess: The edi­to­rial staff de­ter­mines who has ac­cess to the staff. Staff mem­bers will not dis­crim­i­nate based on a source’s sta­tus as an advertiser or po­ten­tial advertiser. Ac­cess to the staff will not be a stated or im­plied con­di­tion of a busi­ness ar­range­ment with an advertiser or po­ten­tial advertiser.

At­tri­bu­tion: Mod­ern Healthcare prefers on-the-record sources. Re­porters are dis­cour­aged from con­duct­ing off-the-record in­ter­views. Re­porters may cite confidential sources with the ed­i­tor’s per­mis­sion, and all confidential sources must be dis­closed to the ed­i­tor. Sources are confidential for the mag­a­zine and all its pub­li­ca­tions, not for the in­di­vid­ual re­porter.

Blogs: Edi­to­rial staff mem­bers are free to op­er­ate their own per­sonal blogs and web­sites, as long as the con­tent of the blog or site does not jeop­ar­dize the cred­i­bil­ity of the staff mem­ber as it per­tains to his or her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at Mod­ern Healthcare. Edi­to­rial staff mem­bers may not write or post con­tent for their per­sonal blogs or web­sites on work time.

Con­fer­ences, trade shows, ex­hi­bi­tions: The pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of ed­i­tors and re­porters who at­tend con­fer­ences, trade shows, ex­hi­bi­tions or sim­i­lar events are to col­lect news, learn in­dus­try trends and cul­ti­vate new sources. Ed­i­tors and re­porters are not re­quired to meet with ad­ver­tis­ers or po­ten­tial ad­ver­tis­ers but may do so at their own dis­cre­tion.

Con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ments: No mem­ber of the Mod­ern Healthcare edi­to­rial staff may sign a con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment to review doc­u­ments, photos or other ma­te­rial in re­search­ing a story for pub­li­ca­tion. Such an agree­ment im­prop­erly cedes con­trol over what Mod­ern Healthcare can and can­not pub­lish to a third party.

Con­flicts: Edi­to­rial staff mem­bers and their fam­ily mem­bers should avoid con­flicts of in­ter­est, such as in­vest­ments in or work­ing for or­ga­ni­za­tions or com­pa­nies cov­ered by Mod­ern Healthcare. Edi­to­rial staff mem­bers must disclose such con­flicts to se­nior ed­i­tors for res­o­lu­tion and pos­si­ble dis­clo­sure to read­ers.

Fa­vors, food, gifts, trips: Edi­to­rial staff mem­bers will not ac­cept fa­vors, food or gifts from sources or po­ten­tial sources un­less they are un­so­licited and of nom­i­nal value. Edi­to­rial staff mem­bers will not ac­cept free trips from sources or po­ten­tial sources. Pre­pub­li­ca­tion review:

Pre­pub­li­ca­tion review of draft or com­pleted edi­to­rial con­tent by sources is pro­hib­ited. The pro­hi­bi­tion does not ap­ply to fact-check­ing. At their dis­cre­tion, re­porters may read quotes back to sources to en­sure their ac­cu­racy be­fore pub­li­ca­tion.

Spon­sored edi­to­rial con­tent: One or more ad­ver­tis­ers may spon­sor edi­to­rial con­tent as long as the edi­to­rial staff con­trols the con­tent. Spon­sors will have no con­trol over the edi­to­rial con­tent. The names and/or lo­gos of spon­sors will not ap­pear on the cover of such ed­i­to­ri­ally con­trolled con­tent. Spon­sors may re­ceive an ac­knowl­edg­ment, in­clud­ing lo­gos, on the first-avail­able in­side edi­to­rial page of an ed­i­to­ri­ally con­trolled spe­cial sec­tion or sup­ple­ment.

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