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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:  ASO RFP, Jay Butler, What you missed

| Oct 19, 2018 | Alaska

Normally, we limit this newsletter to 5 Things each month.  But, with a lot of moving parts in Alaska health care this month, we're throwing in a few more for you to scan, read, and review...  So, here are seven things for you in this month's edition of 5 Things...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska:  Managed care, defining "local," key health care legislators 

| Sep 18, 2018 | Alaska

This is the time of year when the things we are watching in Alaska health care and health policy take shape on the agenda we are preparing for you at our 2018 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  In other words, you'll find the most important topics in Alaska health...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Fundraising in primary, price transparency, Gubernatorial podcasts

| Aug 15, 2018 | Alaska

Last week, I took my kids up to the top of Mt. Baldy in Eagle River, and then up to Byron Glacier outside of Girdwood.  And, unlike our hiking trips last year, we didn't need the US Navy to come save us, so it was a success all around...!  With...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Providence Family Medicine Center, Breakfast with Candidates, Michael Humphrey

| Jul 18, 2018 | Alaska

Big thanks to Kylie and the team who held down the fort for me while I was out, but I'm back in the saddle here at State of Reform. We've got details for you this month about the future of coordinated care in Alaska Medicaid, about the pending Alaska gubernatorial...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: UnitedHealthcare, Natasha Pineda, health system performance

| Jun 19, 2018 | Alaska

DJ is taking a much needed vacation, so I'm bringing you this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. I'm usually covering health policy in Alaska and several other states. DJ will be back next month, but until then, here's what we're watching in Alaska health care for June.   Kylie Walsh State...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Jon Schleder, pharmacy bill, alcohol use

| May 15, 2018 | Alaska

Later today, we host our Convening Panel meeting for our upcoming 2018 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. This year's conference is coming up on October 10th, if you want to put it on your calendar!  Last year, we hit 300 attendees at the event, which was an amazing turn out......[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: United hiring CEO, Facebook seeks hospital data, #thosewecarry

| Apr 11, 2018 | Alaska

The clock is running with five days left in the regular legislative session. A number of key questions remain in the budget, but few things sharpen a legislator's mind than a looming election.  The session, and a few other items, are what we're watching in Alaska health care this month....[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Harsh comments on waiver, Legislation moving, Wilson Agency sells

| Mar 20, 2018 | Alaska

It feels like the momentum of success that has been a hallmark of the last few years in Alaska health care is coming to an end. I may be wrong - hopefully I am. But with the 1115 waiver request running into severe and harsh criticism, with The Wilson Agency...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: 1115 Waiver, legislative update, John Wagner

, | Feb 21, 2018 | Alaska

We hope you enjoyed your three-day weekend. DJ is out this week, so he left us in charge of this edition of 5 Things We're Watching, which includes an update on the 1115 waiver and DJ's thoughts on Amazon entering health care. Thanks for reading our stuff, and DJ will...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Gov. Walker's budget, Shawn West, 1115 waivers

| Jan 17, 2018 | Alaska

Session is now underway, and Gov. Walker is out with his budget proposal for FY 2019.  We're also tracking a series of other contextual items beyond health care in Alaska, which we have curated for you below.  Here's what we've got our eye on for health care in the state...[ Read More ]