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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.

Sen. Cruz, Memorial Hermann, Hon. Carl Islett

| Jul 13, 2017 | Texas

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." That quote comes from Thomas Paine a few...[ Read More ]

Anthony Haley, patient costs, AHCA

| Jun 7, 2017 | Texas

Just when you thought you could enjoy summer, it looks like we're heading for both a special Texas legislative session and a US Senate vote on the AHCA in the weeks ahead. The sands are shifting under our feet. Those two things and a few others are What We're Watching...[ 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 ]

Freestanding ERs | Geronimo Rodriguez | Mental health

| Apr 4, 2017 | Texas

I'm taking over for Eric this month as your loyal scribe.  So, go easy on me! Setting aside the Republicans' health reform bill in DC has diminished predictability rather than added to it.  In Austin, most of the attention is on closing the remaining gaps in the state budget between...[ Read More ]

DaVita's misdeeds | Anne Rote | Why the GOP is struggling with "Replace"

| Mar 9, 2017 | Texas

For those of us that experienced the ACA debate in 2009, the current "repeal and replace" debate is oddly familiar. But, what's next is anyone's guess as the long-awaited Republican alternative is quickly taking on water from all sides. Meanwhile in Austin, the Legislature is focused on the budget -- with...[ Read More ]

Rep. Garnet Coleman | Providers v. health plans | The broken individual market

| Jan 10, 2017 | Texas

The holiday season is over and the work of health policy already looks to be fast and furious in the New Year. The new Congress assembled last week, with the ACA immediately in the crosshairs. The Texas Legislature is now convened. And President-elect Trump will be inaugurated on the 20th. Already, there...[ Read More ]

Texas & Medicaid | James Capretta | The ACA's poisoned politics

| Dec 20, 2016 | Texas

While the holidays mean work life for many is slowing down, big challenges and opportunities are on the horizon for health care. So, here are 5 Things We're Watching in Texas health care as we head into the heart of the holiday season.  1. Texas' Medicaid Opportunity The selection of Seema...[ Read More ]