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Balance billing legislation passes in the House

| Mar 7, 2017 | Washington

HB 2114 passed through the House of Representatives by a vote of 81-17. Representative Eileen Cody and Representative Gerry Pollet introduced the bill at the request of the insurance commissioner to end surprise billing. The current version of the bill prohibits balance billing for emergency health care services for a...[ Read More ]

Gov. Walker introduces new legislation for prescribing opioids

| Mar 6, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker continues to address Alaska’s opioid epidemic with new legislation. Gov. Walker previously addressed the opioid crisis in his State of the State in January. He later issued a State Disaster Declaration, which created an Overdose Response program. His new bill focuses on how opioids are prescribed and...[ Read More ]

California’s Whole Person Care Pilot Program

| Mar 2, 2017 | California

Harbage Consulting released a report on California’s new initiative, the Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilot program, which was launched in November 2016. The WPC program was authorized through California’s section 1115 waiver, Medi-Cal 2020 and will coordinate health, behavioral health, and social services to improve Medi-Cal beneficiaries’ health outcomes. No...[ Read More ]

Oregon community hospitals’ margins decrease

| Mar 1, 2017 | Oregon

Apprise Health Insights’ quarterly report on Oregon’s community hospitals shows a decrease in operating margins and inpatient discharges but a rise in ER visits and charity care. “This report illustrates the unique challenges hospitals face as we traverse a new era of health care transformation, post-ACA,” said Andy Van Pelt,...[ Read More ]

FamilyCare Health suing OHA over rates, again

| Mar 1, 2017 | Oregon

FamilyCare Health, a Portland based CCO, filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Oregon Health Authority over disagreements about rate setting. This is not the first time FamilyCare and the OHA have disagreed over rate setting. The two organizations struggled to reach a consensus on the 2015 and 2016 rates. In...[ Read More ]

The changing landscape for health care & safety net programs

| Feb 28, 2017 | Washington

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center hosted a policy briefing on the changing health care landscape. Misha Werschkul, executive director for the Budget & Policy Center, was joined by Dr. Bob Crittenden, Teresa Mosqueda , and Liz Schott. Dr. Bob Crittenden, Governor Inslee’s senior health policy advisor, focused on...[ Read More ]