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Swedish CEO resigns after Seattle Times articles

| Feb 21, 2017 | Washington

In the wake of two heavily critical Seattle Times articles, Swedish CEO Tony Armada has resigned. But the controversy surrounding Swedish is unlikely to diminish soon. Two weeks ago, Swedish caregivers were notified about the impending articles in The Seattle Times criticizing current Swedish practices. The email was sent out...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Ward Hinger

Kylie Walsh | Feb 21, 2017 | Alaska

Ward Hinger, the CEO of Imaging Associates, talks through the challenges of containing costs and keeping care local in rural Alaska. He joined us at our 2016 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. My group is very focused on containing costs because we recognize that patients are, their deductibles...[ Read More ]

Column: Guiding Principles for a Bipartisan Bill

| Feb 21, 2017 | Federal, Texas

We continue to hear sporadic news from Washington, D.C. regarding the Affordable Care Act. “Repeal and Replace,” “Repeal and Restore,” “Repeal and Repair,” “Don’t End but Mend”–the slogans are many. Hopefully, our country’s leadership will garner bipartisan support to craft a fair and equitable bill to help all American residents....[ Read More ]

Hawaii bills at first lateral

| Feb 21, 2017 | Hawaii

February 17th was “first lateral,” the legislative deadline for all bills to be assigned to their final committee in the originating chamber.  Any bills with multiple committee referrals that haven’t yet been heard are no longer in play. Moving on are bills that address some of Hawaii’s most troubling health...[ Read More ]

California Legislature and governor disagree over budget

| Feb 21, 2017 | California

The California Legislature and the governor are disagreeing over the governor’s proposed state budget due to different visions about California’s role in dealing with the new administration. While Governor Jerry Brown is focused on maintaining a few key programs, the legislature is expressing desire to use the budget to expand...[ Read More ]

Washington state senator asks U.S. AG to intervene in King County's safe-injection site plan

Erin Fenner | Feb 17, 2017 | Washington

As King County officials work to open two safe-injection sites, state Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, is working at the state and federal level to block the sites. Miloscia's bill that would ban sites where heroin users can safely inject around medical professionals, has passed out of committee, according to a...[ Read More ]

Ige's budget cuts | Bills moving | Three things from DC

| Feb 17, 2017 | Hawaii

We are a few weeks removed from our 2017 Hawaii Health Policy Conference, a time when the legislature had yet to begin.  The session is now underway, bills are moving and revenues are falling. Those are some of the 5 Things We're Watching this month in Hawaii health care.  As...[ Read More ]

Providence & Times |  PEBB & HCA | Three things from DC

| Feb 17, 2017 | Washington

Since January 1st, we've held 8 convenings of various sizes in Washington, Hawaii, Texas, Oregon and California. It's been very cool to hear the conversations taking place across the country during this time of transition - but exhausting. Luckily, things slow down for us for a bit, and we can...[ Read More ]

Email: "Unusual news and request from Qliance"

| Feb 16, 2017 | Washington

I received this email from Erika Bliss, the CEO at Qliance, Thursday afternoon.  I thought it noteworthy for a host of reasons, so with Erika's permission, I wanted to share it with our readers. -- DJ -----------------------------------------------------------   Hello family and friends, I awoke today to a surprise message from...[ Read More ]

Governor Walker driving multi-pronged response to opioid epidemic

| Feb 16, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker was joined by Chief Medical Officer and Division of Health Director Dr. Jay Butler at a press conference today to discuss the State Disaster Declaration he issued on Monday. The Declaration authorizes the Commissioner and the State Medical Officer of the Department of Health and Social Services...[ Read More ]