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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: End of session, Q&A w/ Lindsey Kato, Rural hospitals

| May 19, 2022 | Alaska

Yesterday marked the final day of the 2022 legislative session following days of budget negotiations and policy conversations. With that in mind, this edition of "5 Things We're Watching" includes a look at some of the last minute bill movement that took place at the capitol in the final days. We...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Workforce shortage, Overdose deaths, Inflation & Medicare

| Apr 21, 2022 | Alaska

As State of Reform continues to expand and grow, we're excited to announce that we've hired a new full time reporter to cover the intersection of health care and health policy in Alaska. Shane Ersland comes to State of Reform with over 10 years of journalism experience, having most recently...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A w/ Rep. Snyder, Student mental health, DHSS split

| Feb 16, 2022 | Alaska

Though the COVID-19 case rate remains high across the entire state, the latest dashboard data shows that last week saw a 45% decrease in cases compared to the first week in February. There are also currently 103 COVID hospitalizations in the state—a significant improvement compared to earlier this month. As we navigate these ever-changing and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: 2022 health policy, Q&A w/ Rep. Geran Tarr, Job projections

| Jan 20, 2022 | Alaska

We're hosting several events in the coming weeks that I want to be sure are on your radar. In less than a month, we'll host the 2022 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference. We will soon release our Detailed Agenda for this virtual event, which will include the full list of confirmed...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health in the budget, Broadband report, People First Initiative

| Dec 23, 2021 | Alaska

In case you missed it, on Monday we released the Topical Agenda for the 2022 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference. The event is coming up on February 17 and will be fully virtual, allowing attendees from across the country to participate! This conference will feature conversations on federal health policy, innovations...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Youth mental health, Medicaid redetermination, HUD grants

| Nov 17, 2021 | Alaska

With the Thanksgiving holiday next week, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you on behalf of the entire State of Reform team for your continued support. Whether it's through attending our conferences, reading our coverage of health care and health policy in Alaska, or sponsoring our events,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A w/ Sen. Begich, COVID hospitalization costs, Health care wage gap

| Oct 20, 2021 | Alaska

This edition of 5 Things We're Watching touches on a broad range of issues impacting Alaska's health care system. We feature a conversation on improving health equity in the state, the latest data on COVID hospitalization and treatment costs, and State of Reform Reporter Ethan Kispert has a forward-looking policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health policy preview, Keynote video w/ Dr. Anne Zink, Adult ICU closures

| Sep 23, 2021 | Alaska

You may have seen my note yesterday about our news that State of Reform is now part of the HMA family of companies. It's a smart, mission-driven group of folks at work to improve the health care systems for the communities they serve. So, there is strong cultural alignment with us,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Value-driven systems of care, Republican leadership, Vaccine hesitancy

| Aug 25, 2021 | Alaska

We are very excited to be joining everyone again at State of Reform again this year. I'm disappointed it won't be in person, something I know we would all prefer if things were different. But, with new cases now much higher in Alaska than previously, and only 47% of Alaskans...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Sandra Heffern, Rural telehealth, Federal action

| Jul 26, 2021 | Alaska

Thank you to our team of reporters, led by our Managing Editor Emily Boerger, for holding down the fort while I was away on a family break. We have 8 reporters these days. They cover health care and health policy in Alaska and 14 other states across the country. We've...[ Read More ]