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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.

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 ]

Regular session | Group Health Foundation | Ray Manahan

| Apr 11, 2017 | Washington

First Hillary Clinton. Then Gonzaga University. I'm not so great at picking winners, I guess. In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," I imply a few other predictions about our legislature and our Congress. So, consider the source for those when you read this month's edition. 1. Olympia: Budget...[ Read More ]

Medicaid Plus | Anna Loengard | Bills to watch

| Apr 6, 2017 | Hawaii

Reform is on again, off again in Washington DC. But with a month to go, lots of initiatives are still at play in the legislature. We track some of those this month - but we also launch our State of Reform podcast in this month's edition. So, here are "5...[ 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 ]

Covered CA | Policy leadership | Block grants

| Apr 4, 2017 | California

With our 2017 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference set for April 27th, you know the event will be timely, well attended, and will have some great speakers.  So, because those speakers will be talking about the same things we typically feature in our newsletter, we have selected...[ Read More ]

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 ]

Greg Walden | AHCA | Kate Othus

| Mar 22, 2017 | Oregon

This is a big week in American health care with the vote on the AHCA tomorrow night. The consequences will be far reaching, including the possible collapse of the individual market in at least one state (Alaska). Oregon will likely fare better than the 49th State up north, but how...[ Read More ]

Sen. Murkowski | Medicaid cost data | Thursday night

| Mar 21, 2017 | Alaska

This is a big week in US health policy with a vote on the American Health Care Act scheduled for Thursday night. The impacts to Alaska could be extreme, based on reports below, which puts the congressional delegation committed to repealing Obamacare in a tough spot - one that could...[ Read More ]

AHCA and CA | Rx legislation | Marty and Mohit

| Mar 16, 2017 | California

We are six weeks way from our annual 2017 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference and things are coming together nicely.  In fact, the items on our watch list this month are items you'll see on our agenda next month! We hope to see you on April 27th...[ Read More ]