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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.

Gonzaga | State budget | Congress

| Mar 28, 2017 | Washington

"Our long national nightmare is over."  Meaning Gonzaga is finally in the Final Four!  Since my success in predicting Clinton's victory didn't go so well, I'll just say I'm looking forward to a trip to Phoenix this weekend to watch some good basketball. And hopefully an Oregon loss. Till then,...[ Read More ]

WEA account win | Don Antonucci resigns | Podcast launched

| Mar 16, 2017 | Washington

It's hard to not watch what's happening in DC right now, but we have a few nuggets from this Washington that are worth keeping an eye on. Don Antonucci, Washington state teachers, and Dave Reichert are among a few for this edition of 5 Things We're Watching in health care...[ Read More ]

Ralph Pascualy | Block grants | Andrew Over

| Mar 6, 2017 | Washington

I'm a little contrarian in this edition of 5 Things, but I'm channeling my inner Ralph Pascualy from his email to Providence CEO Rod Hochman (read it below): "When truth speaks to power, it’s out of respect and not insolence." If you don't hear from me next month, maybe this...[ Read More ]

Providence & Times |  PEBB & HCA | Three things from DC

| Feb 17, 2017 | Washington

Since January 1st, we've held 8 convenings of various sizes in Washington, Hawaii, Texas, Oregon and California. It's been very cool to hear the conversations taking place across the country during this time of transition - but exhausting. Luckily, things slow down for us for a bit, and we can...[ Read More ]

24-24 tie in Senate | Murray, Cantwell, Price | Dawn Johnson

| Jan 25, 2017 | Washington

I sometimes think that things might be relatively straightforward in health care - and January was one of those times.  Yet... not so much. From commercial insurance to Medicaid policy, there are so many variables in flux that even looking ahead to April is a task. So, here are 5...[ Read More ]

Three governors | legislature starts | Republicans don't the votes

| Jan 13, 2017 | Washington

We are late getting this out to you this week, but wanted it in your inbox before the weekend. Last week's conference was a wonderful success.  From our team to those of you who could make it, it was an honor hosting all of your with us.  Thank you for...[ Read More ]

12 spots left | ACHs | Kelly Stanford

| Dec 29, 2016 | Washington

Our conference is coming up one week from today when we'll host about 600 of our closest friends in Washington State health care. So, some of these 5 Things We're Watching will be found on our agenda, too. If I don't see you next week, from our team to yours,...[ Read More ]

6 policies for insurance mkt | We're #2! | Big data and consumers

| Dec 13, 2016 | Washington

The federal model of our Constitution empowers states to be the lead actors in many areas of policy. Insurance law is one of those areas typically delegated to the states. We have our eyes on insurance this edition, plus a few political items of note.  1. "Seriously undermine our health insurance...[ Read More ]

Rep. Tom Price | Sen. Slade Gorton | Heat map

| Nov 29, 2016 | Washington

"We all go forward with the presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens, because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy." Those comments from post-election highlights from Obama, Clinton and Trump for your review here. I think the clip calls us to our...[ Read More ]

After the election | Patient centricity | #HWSymposium

| Oct 26, 2016 | Washington

After 6 years of writing this newsletter, last edition, I messed up pretty good. I left out an entire introduction section, and failed to link to Molly Voris's video comments. So, thanks to the loyal seven readers of this email for not ridiculing me too much about that slip up....[ Read More ]