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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: Sen. Dan Sullivan, Amazon in health care, Lori Wing-Heier

| Sep 19, 2017 | Alaska

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming 2017 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference in two weeks!  If you haven't reviewed the Topical Agenda, check it out here. Now, on to 5 Things We're Watching in Alaska health care, many of which you'll hear...[ 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 ]

5 Things AK: 1332 waiver, Sitka Community Hospital, Noel Rea

| Jul 25, 2017 | Alaska

Usually, summer in Alaska and in Washington DC is a slower time for health policy.  Nothing feels slow about health care today, however.  Among the many things, here are 5 Things We're Watching in Alaska health care for your review. As always, thanks for reading our stuff. 1.  Moving pieces...[ Read More ]

5 Things AK: AHCA, Juneau, Beth Johnson

| Jun 22, 2017 | Alaska

These are "interesting times," indeed. We focus this issue primarily on the AHCA, but we can't overlook Juneau or thoughtful voices working towards innovation and collaboration in Alaska's health care system. It's "What We're Watching" in Alaska health care. 1.  Senate version of the AHCA is out Here are a...[ 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 ]

Governor's race | Becky Hultberg | Budget

| Apr 19, 2017 | Alaska

We've got a little health policy on our list this month, but April's newsletter is more about the content happening around the policy talk. We are tracking the idea of "re-building trust," the comings and goings of folks in the system, and some interesting collaborations. Next month, we host our...[ Read More ]

Sen. Murkowski | Medicaid cost data | Thursday night

| Mar 21, 2017 | Alaska

This is a big week in US health policy with a vote on the American Health Care Act scheduled for Thursday night. The impacts to Alaska could be extreme, based on reports below, which puts the congressional delegation committed to repealing Obamacare in a tough spot - one that could...[ Read More ]

Access vs. cost | Governor's race | Berkowitz on transparency

| Mar 6, 2017 | Alaska

Much of what's happening in Alaska health care can be seen as a collective but indirect policy debate:  should Alaska's priority in health care be access, cost or quality? Access has been the collective priority in recent decades, but the conversation is changing. The important discussions shaping how and whether...[ Read More ]

80th percentile | Rep. Andy Josephson | 1332 waiver finalized

DJ Wilson | Jan 24, 2017 | Alaska

There is plenty of health policy action in D.C., for sure. But, the Walker Administration is fully engaged in implementing the transformation called for in SB74. In the legislature, solving the fiscal shortfall probably requires addressing Medicaid costs. We're tracking some of these moving parts in this edition of 5...[ Read More ]

Walker's budget | E.F. Hutton | 1332 waiver

| Dec 22, 2016 | Alaska

There is a storm brewing in health policy in 2017, and it will create a level of anxiety many of us in health care thought we had finally waded through.  So, take time to enjoy this Christmas and holiday season.  Here are "5 Things We're Watching" that will be waiting...[ Read More ]