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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.

Scott Miscovich, BCRA, hospital charity care

| Jul 19, 2017 | Hawaii

I hear there is an interesting slate of summer movies out, but the latest episode of "Game of Thrones" has much of my attention.  And, by "Game of Thrones," I mean the debacle happening on health policy in Washington DC as the Senate ties itself in knots. It's some of...[ Read More ]

Senate's updated BCRA, Providence, Jorge Rivera

| Jul 13, 2017 | Washington

I read some of Thomas Paine's writings over the 4th of July, and I couldn't help but think this famous quote is a great fit for the state of health policy today: "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this...[ Read More ]

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 ]

Two trends, Ralph Prows, CBO score

| Jun 29, 2017 | Oregon

I'm trying to find a distraction from health policy in the Italian hills of Umbria with my family, so I am 9 hours ahead of Oregon at the moment. With the session (hopefully) ending soon, and Congress about to go on break, hopefully we'll all be without the distraction of...[ Read More ]

AHCA, Juneau, Beth Johnson

| Jun 22, 2017 | Alaska

These are "interesting times," indeed. We focus this issue primarily on the AHCA, but we can't overlook Juneau or thoughtful voices working towards innovation and collaboration in Alaska's health care system. It's "What We're Watching" in Alaska health care. 1.  Senate version of the AHCA is out Here are a...[ Read More ]

Two trends, AHCA Senate vote, Jason Burke

| Jun 21, 2017 | California

As summer arrives with its first heat wave, we also get closer to a Senate vote on the AHCA. But we're keeping our eyes on a lot of other things this month. Here's 5 Things We're Watching for June. 1.  Two important trends in health care Sen. Lara's single payer...[ Read More ]

Individual market, learning from Nevada, North Central

| Jun 19, 2017 | Washington

For the first time since March, 2015, we are going to just one edition this month. The June-uary weather - following such a tough winter and spring - has convinced us to get out of town for a bit.  So, less clutter from me for your inbox this month! 1. ...[ Read More ]

Michael Robinson, Pacific VA, HMSA performance

| Jun 8, 2017 | Hawaii

Health policy isn't disconnected from political reality. So, it's possible the most important health policy activity today comes from Jim Comey's testimoney before the US Senate. If you weren't up at 4:00 am for his remarks, you can read them here. They read like a Hollywood screenplay. With that, here...[ 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 ]

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 ]