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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 ]

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 ]

Providence resignation | High provider prices | Jeff Heatherington

| Mar 6, 2017 | Oregon

Expect news in the next week on a major financing proposal to close the Medicaid budget gap in Salem - which is among the most important health policy issues in Oregon this year.  But, until then, we've got 5 Things We're Watching in Oregon health care for the month of...[ Read More ]

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 ]