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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.

Medicaid costs | OHA cuts | Martin O'Malley

| Jan 25, 2017 | Oregon

Oregon's budget deficit as a percentage of its overall budget is among the largest you'll ever see in a state. It could offer a transformational opportunity for health care - but it probably also means an extended session into July. It's some of what we're watching this month.   1. ...[ Read More ]

FMAP and OR budget | Evan O'Kelly | CCO re-org legislation

| Dec 22, 2016 | Oregon

2017 will be among the most dynamic years in health policy in some time. So, rest and rejuvenate this Christmas and holiday season.  Here are 5 Things that will be waiting for you when you return...        1. Walden: A central figure in ACA repeal As we highlighted last...[ Read More ]

Kitzhaber remembers Sen. Bates | Charity care costs | OHSU develops APCD

| Aug 17, 2016 | Oregon

This month, we remember one of Oregon's health care leaders, Sen. Alan Bates. We're also watching other ways that Oregon is leading the nation on issues of mental health parity, price transparency, and quality. And, we're looking ahead to September 28th and our2016 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  More there soon.  ...[ Read More ]

OHSU on MACRA | 2017 CCO benchmarks | health policy in national elections

| Jul 20, 2016 | Oregon

MACRA may be the most catalytic element in health care over the next five years. It would be hard to tell that from its absence from party platforms, and opposition from providers. However, not only is it on our radar for Oregon health care this month, it's on our Topical...[ Read More ]

Brown, Pierce fundraising | CCO report cards |House Republican health policy

, | Jun 23, 2016 | Oregon

These are the 'dog days' of the season, where real work can get done if we're not otherwise distracted by the things that make life worth living:  family, friends, the outdoors and everything else that makes summer great. So, while before we head out for a long weekend, we focus...[ Read More ]

Waiver update | Single payer | Three lessons from tech

| May 25, 2016 | Oregon

The weather is getting great ahead of what should be an abnormally hot summer. But we have our noses in public records, candidate statements, and CMS rules. It's bliss - if you're into that sort of thing. Which is why we have a few things for you this month that...[ Read More ]

Exchange RFP | The next 1115 waiver | Changes for CCOs

JJ Lee | Apr 20, 2016 | Oregon

Transition?  That seems to be what we see across Oregon health care. From Medicare to pharma to the OHP, it seems like there are a number of things in play right now.  These aren't so much policy questions. Rather, the movement today is more about how the markets are responding...[ Read More ]

Basic Health Plan | BJ Cavnor | Power of presidential rhetoric

JJ Lee | Mar 17, 2016 | Oregon

We're seeing a lot of green today to celebrate the Irish. It's also the sign of money, which is part what we're keeping our eye on this month. Following a legislative session that had some gnashing their teeth in frustration, it's probably a good idea to start lifting our collective...[ Read More ]

4 Moda missteps | CEO search at CareOregon | Risk corridors

JJ Lee | Feb 22, 2016 | Oregon

In the last few months, we've spent a lot of time looking at the root causes of Moda's recent problems, and considered also how other plans have addressed similar challenges. As a result, you'll see quite a bit of independent reporting, analysis and commentary at our site, www.stateofeform.com. As always,...[ Read More ]

Strategies on risk corridors: Moda, Premera, PacificSource

DJ Wilson | Feb 22, 2016 | Alaska, Oregon, Washington

In a story regarding the challenges at Moda and the root causes of those, I talked through the risk corridors built into the ACA, and which have featured so prominently in the coverage of Moda's position. It was this write down following Q3 2015 that spurred regulatory action of Moda...[ Read More ]