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AG Ferguson joins lawsuit defending key Obamacare provision

| May 24, 2017 | Washington

Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit in order to defend the Affordable Care Act — and the more than 800,000 Washingtonians who depend on it for their health care. In House v. Price, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives challenged a...[ Read More ]

HCA announces MCOs for North Central ACH

| May 23, 2017 | Washington

The Health Care Authority has announced the Apparently Successful Bidders for the Integrated Managed Care (IMC) Mid-Adopter RFP. The Apparently Successful Bidders are Molina Healthcare, Coordinated Care, and Amerigroup. The three organizations have been selected to serve as the Managed Care Organizations for the North Central Accountable Community of Health....[ 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 ]

CBO, Qliance, Jim Capretta

| May 23, 2017 | Washington

As always, we have 5 Things We're Watching ready for you - but candidly, this list could be 12 or 13 items long. There's a great deal going on, certainly, but I can't help but wonder if it's all distraction. Are we improving the system rapidly enough to be able...[ Read More ]

ZOOM+Care Expands In Seattle

| May 23, 2017 | Oregon, Washington

ZOOM+Care, the innovator of on-demand healthcare, today announced plans to expand its iconic retail and digital healthcare services in Seattle. This week the company is opening two additional neighborhood clinics in Bellevue and Capitol Hill, and it plans to open three more in the greater Seattle area by the end...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Dr. Ryan McGhan

DJ Wilson | May 23, 2017 | Alaska

Dr. Ryan McGhan is a physician with the Alaska Hospitalist Group based in Anchorage.  In this edition of What They're Watching, he offers a pretty sober and candid view of the challenge of health care in Alaska. He says that as a country, we should probably "spend some time thinking...[ Read More ]

Lessons from Qliance closing its doors

DJ Wilson | May 23, 2017 | Washington

The news that Qliance is closing its doors gives us an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned from the enterprise.  The direct primary care (DPC) model espoused by Qliance struck some folks as an important innovation in care delivery, one focused on bringing more primary care services to the...[ Read More ]

Special Session called, DHSS risks budget cuts

| May 18, 2017 | Alaska

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has called the Legislature into a Special Session after the House and Senate failed to pass a budget. The 30-day special session opened this morning. Governor Walker’s Executive Proclamation says the Special Session will focus on Opioids prescription and monitoring Operating budget Mental health budget Capital...[ Read More ]

Qliance Medical Management closing

| May 18, 2017 | Washington

Qliance Medical Management has announced it is closing after a decade of providing direct primary care. The Seattle-based chain of clinics charged members a monthly fee of less than $100 for unlimited access to primary and urgent care instead of the traditional fee-for-service model and insurance reimbursements. In an internal...[ Read More ]

Update on Alaska’s Medicaid Coordinated Care Demonstration Project

| May 18, 2017 | Alaska

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services issued a Request for Proposals at the end of 2016 for the implementation of coordinated care demonstration projects for Medicaid beneficiaries as part of the Health Alaska Medicaid reform under Senate Bill 74, which passed last year. Proposals were due in April. The...[ Read More ]