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5 Things We’re Watching is our regularly distributed market and policy intelligence newsletter. Each newsletter includes five items of relevance specific to your market. Enjoy links to original source documentation, thoughtful coverage from other outlets, and independent reporting from State of Reform.

Economic growth, Jim Capretta, Dr. Ryan McGhan

| May 23, 2017 | Alaska

As the fiscal situation in Juneau drags on, and the economic recession begins to deepen, we turn this month to health care costs in Alaska.  They make up the context of almost everything happening in Alaska health policy right now - from the AHCA to RFPs to economic activity. It's...[ Read More ]

CBO, Qliance, Jim Capretta

| May 23, 2017 | Washington

As always, we have 5 Things We're Watching ready for you - but candidly, this list could be 12 or 13 items long. There's a great deal going on, certainly, but I can't help but wonder if it's all distraction. Are we improving the system rapidly enough to be able...[ Read More ]

Trumpression, Knute Buehler, Jim Capretta

| May 18, 2017 | Oregon

"Grow confident making decisions amidst the chaos." This from the boardroom wall of an insurance company I know - and a good reminder that just when we thought things might settle down, even more upheaval appears on the horizon. It's part of what we're watching in Oregon health care in...[ Read More ]

Legislative run down, #stopunderpayments, Rep. Burrows

| May 15, 2017 | Texas

We are down to our last two weeks of the regular session, and with no session next year, the foundation of state policy is about to be finalized for the next 18 months. That doesn't mean the messaging or the markets will stop however. So, we're watching all three: policy,...[ Read More ]

Teresa Mosqueda | Mario Molina | Dorothy Teeter

| May 9, 2017 | Washington

What a few weeks it has been. We are in the middle of action at the federal, state and local levels. Some board rooms are responding actively. Some are taking cover. Regardless of how organizations respond to the environment today, I recall the old adage among executives at Group Health...[ Read More ]

AHCA vote | Christine Sakuda | Jimmy Kimmel

| May 4, 2017 | Hawaii

I spent the morning watching C-SPAN and the vote on the AHCA. I can't help but think the gulf between health policy makers and those that work in health care is perhaps as wide as it has ever been. Regardless of one's politics, perhaps today's vote is a call for...[ Read More ]

AHCA vote | Molina brothers | Highlights from last week

| May 4, 2017 | California

Another big day in health policy.  The House is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act at 10:00 am PST.  We'll be watching C-Span to watch the vote count come in. Otherwise, lots of other things to keep our eye on - including the 5 we have below....[ Read More ]

Alzheimer's | AHCA vote | Kat Latet

| Apr 26, 2017 | Washington

When we talk about mental health, can we start with the weather? Gawd...  Cliff Mass compares the "atmospheric river" (a real thing, actually) we've been enduring to Darth Vader's Empire and to Jaws for the horror of it all. The photos and predictions will depress you. Hopefully, the 5 Things...[ Read More ]

Social capital | Diane Lund | Medicaid FFS

| Apr 20, 2017 | Oregon

A central purpose of State of Reform is to help foster the social capital needed to support system reform. Think of social capital as the trust, relationships, and collaborative spirit needed to allow diverse parties to take risk together to improve things. We try to create the platform but it...[ Read More ]

Governor's race | Becky Hultberg | Budget

| Apr 19, 2017 | Alaska

We've got a little health policy on our list this month, but April's newsletter is more about the content happening around the policy talk. We are tracking the idea of "re-building trust," the comings and goings of folks in the system, and some interesting collaborations. Next month, we host our...[ Read More ]