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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.

5 Things Alaska: AG sues Purdue, Special session, Bill Popp

| Nov 15, 2017 | Alaska

DJ is on a (much needed) vacation, so he left me the keys for this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. Normally, I'm reporting on health policy or producing our podcasts, but today you get me in email form, too. Anyway, enough about me. On to What We're Watching in Alaska health care...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: CCO 2018 rates, SUD research committee, Laura McKeane

| Nov 14, 2017 | Oregon

DJ is on a (much needed) vacation, so he left me the keys for this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. Emily Boerger on our team is pitching in. Normally, I'm reporting on health policy or producing our podcasts. Anyway, enough about me.  On to What We're Watching in Oregon health care and...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Nick Macchione, Whole person care, Lisa Chan-Sawin

| Nov 9, 2017 | California

We are excited to be hosting about 300 of our closest friends in California health care and health policy on December 5th at the 2017 Southern California Health Policy Conference! You can take a look at our Topical Agenda to scan the day's discussions. The Detailed Agenda has a list...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Election night take aways, Teresa Mosqueda, Rebecca Parrish

| Nov 8, 2017 | Washington

It was a big night last night in the Wilson household: Karianna won re-election to the Verdant Health Commission!  Sure, it was uncontested, but only because she scared away the competition. There were plenty of contested races we were watching, too! They are squarely on our radar screen in this...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Shannon Otenaike, Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse, CHIP Funding

| Nov 2, 2017 | Texas

We are three months away from our 2018 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference on February 1st.  And, given how quickly things are moving, the health policy world as we know it will turn upside down three or four more times between now and then... So, rather than focus...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Michael Gold, Hilton Raethel, Brian Schatz

| Nov 1, 2017 | Hawaii

I hope your week has been full of treats rather than tricks! Last night was full of too much candy at our house. We'll be trying to siphon off sugar from our kids' stockpile for the next few days without them knowing...  I wish us all luck. We're working with...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: ACH funding cuts, benefits of ending CSRs, Amerigroup President Craig Smith

| Oct 24, 2017 | Washington

Lots of good, original content for you in this edition of 5 Things We're Watching in Washington State healthcare. We have our Topical Agenda coming out next week for our 2018 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference, so keep your eye out for that in your inbox. Also, be...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: The benefits of CSR cuts, HHSC turnover, Dr. Lynda Chin

| Oct 18, 2017 | Texas

For a time when the legislature is not in session, it still feels like there are so many balls in the air in health policy that we are hustling to make sure none of them drop. So, to some degree, this issue of 5 Things has written itself. Harvey, Trump,...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Understanding CSR cuts, Insurance Commissioner David Jones, Abbie Totten

| Oct 17, 2017 | California

As you know, the purpose of this newsletter is simply to highlight those moving pieces in California's health care system that we think are worth keeping track of. These aren't always the most important items for every one of our 50,000 California email subscribers. But, hopefully you find a nugget...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Benefits of CSR cuts, Al Wall, Alaska Common Ground

| Oct 16, 2017 | Alaska

We are still coming down from hanging out with 300 of our closest friends in Alaska health care two weeks ago at our 2017 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  It was a great event, and I think it captured a new level of energy, enthusiasm and - dare...[ Read More ]