By Carol Gentry
09/28/12 © Health News Florida
If you're a newcomer to Florida, you may not recognize the name Fred Schulte.
Now a senior reporter at The Center for Public Integrity, Fred raised all kinds of heck in the 1980s and early '90s as a reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, investigating HMOs and Medicaid fraud and lots more.
He won many of journalism's top prizes and was a Pulitzer finalist at least three times.
A lot of reporters would have retired on their laurels and gone into more lucrative fields with better hours. But he refused to go. Despite the crazy hours and hard work, investigative reporting is a calling. Nothing else appeals.
Schulte's most recent work is a series on how electronic medical records are making it easier for doctors to "upcode," or inflate the diagnostic codes so that they bring in more money from Medicare and Medicaid,
Congratulations on great work, Fred!
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