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5 Things California: Dialysis on ballot, legislative session, health care spending

| Aug 18, 2017 | California

Summer is almost over, though some memories will linger longer than others. One of mine is spending 6 hours holding my kids on an 18" ledge, on a 50' foot cliff, while trapped by a high tide.  It wasn't great. But, it was a reminder that no matter who we...[ Read More ]

Governor Brown appoints Acting Director of the Oregon Health Authority

| Aug 18, 2017 | Oregon

Governor Kate Brown appointed Patrick Allen as Acting Director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). In a letter, Governor Brown directed Allen to operate the agency with a commitment to transparency, accountability, and the wise use of taxpayer dollars, and to evaluate all existing staff according to these standards. “Pat...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Ken Thorpe

Kylie Walsh | Aug 17, 2017 | California

Ken Thorpe, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Chairman, joins us in this edition of What They're Watching to talk about Medicare reform. Well, there's sort of two sets of activities going on at the federal level. You know, the first one is on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act...[ Read More ]

Letter: Oregon Gov. Brown on veto of psychologist prescriber bill

| Aug 16, 2017 | Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown vetoed House Bill 3355 this week, which would have authorized certain psychologists to prescribe mental health drugs. You can view her original letter to Secretary of State Dennis Richardson explaining the veto here. Dear Secretary Richardson, I am returning Enrolled House Bill 3355 unsigned and disapproved. Access...[ Read More ]

UnitedHealth Group Announces New Leadership Roles

| Aug 16, 2017 | Federal

The board of directors of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) announced that David S. Wichmann, president of UnitedHealth Group, will succeed Stephen J. Hemsley as chief executive officer and become a director of the company, effective Sept. 1, 2017. On the same date, Hemsley will take the newly created role of...[ Read More ]

Preliminary first year findings from the evaluation of fully integrated managed care in Southwest Washington

| Aug 16, 2017 | Washington

The Fully Integrated Managed Care (FIMC) approach to delivering Medicaid-funded physical and behavioral health care was implemented in the Southwest Washington region (Clark and Skamania counties) in April 2016. The FIMC model integrates purchasing of Medicaid physical and behavioral health services within a single accountable managed care organization (MCO), in...[ Read More ]

Column: How a 100-year-old commitment drives future economic growth

| Aug 15, 2017 | Oregon, Washington

Long-term economic development depends on a steadfast commitment rooted in investments in innovation, infrastructure and community. As a 100-year-old homegrown company, Cambia Health Solutions learned what it takes to persevere in a turbulent industry while upholding our mission to deliver person-centric health care in an economically sustainable way. The success...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health care growth, Sen. Murkowski, Executive moves

| Aug 15, 2017 | Alaska

Summer is winding down, for better or worse.  But, after spending 6 hours with three kids on an 18" ledge, 50-feet above a surprise tide along the coast, I can tell you I'm ready to slow down a bit.  Thanks to the US Navy Search and Rescue for saving my...[ Read More ]

Washington Health Benefit Exchange names nine organizations to provide in-person assistance and outreach for health insurance customers

| Aug 15, 2017 | Washington

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced the nine lead organizations chosen to oversee in-person assistance provided to Washington residents during the upcoming open enrollment period scheduled to begin on Nov. 1. The public health agencies, regional health networks, and community organizations selected to provide free support to individuals and...[ Read More ]

Murkowski: 'The role I played (on health care) was an important one'

DJ Wilson | Aug 14, 2017 | Alaska

Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke to a group of interns about her role as a Senator, and what their experience in Washington DC has been like. The conversation was taped and posted on YouTube. The questions ranged across Sen. Murkowski's career, including what she learned during her time as an intern...[ Read More ]