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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 Oregon: Health policy preview, Committee membership, Vaccine rollout

| Jan 14, 2021 | Oregon

If you understand the unique character of our republican democracy, you can find calm in this anxious time. In six days, Joe Biden will be inaugurated President of the United States. He may not have been your candidate. That disappointment is a luxury of being in a democracy. The orderly...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Budget proposal, Biden era health policy, Vaccine science

| Dec 10, 2020 | Oregon

This is indeed a "dark winter," as was predicted. But, I'm hopeful that we are perhaps at our nadir. We are 11 days away from the days getting longer. We are four days away from the likely first vaccines to distributed in the US. And, of course we are zero days...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Health policy preview, My COVID experience, Election results

| Nov 10, 2020 | Oregon

Thanks to all of you who joined our 2020 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference. I wanted to offer a particular shout out to Eric Hunter and his team at Care Oregon, and to Jeff Heatherington and the Heatherington Foundation. Both served as Event Sponsors of this year's event....[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Wave in Medicaid, Public health reboot, Racism in health care

Emily Boerger | Oct 14, 2020 | Oregon

I'm jumping in for DJ in this edition ahead of our hosting the 2020 Oregon State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference next week! While this is our first virtual conference we’ve held in Oregon, it’s actually our 9th year hosting State of Reform in the state. Thanks to your support, State...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Topical Agenda, State Health Improvement Plan, Medicaid enrollments

| Sep 10, 2020 | Oregon

Six months ago, it wasn't clear that State of Reform would still be here today. All of our content is funded through revenue from live events. And, COVID put a damper on all of those. We moved to the virtual space, trying to build a platform that could foster community,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Special session, Trillium decision, Linda Roman

| Aug 13, 2020 | Oregon

We've been writing this newsletter now for 9 years, visiting your inbox once a month with five things we think are worth keeping an eye on. They might not be the same five things that you think are always the most important thing for your organization. But, hopefully you find...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: "Low value" care report, Behavioral health policy, Key meetings

| Jul 15, 2020 | Oregon

Our Convening Panel met yesterday ahead of our 2020 Oregon State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference. This year's event will offer some unique tools customized to the State of Reform experience, where we hope to continue to foster the kind of content, networking, and conversations that play a central...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: COVID uptick, Black leaders in health care, Rep. Marty Wilde

| Jun 16, 2020 | Oregon

I'm particularly excited to be hosting a unique conversation on Black leadership in US health care this Friday. Among the speakers is Eric Hunter, CEO of CareOregon. It's a free event, and I feature it for you in item 1 below. Growing up in Bend, Oregon, didn't provide me with a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Budget deficit, Special session series, Greg Van Pelt

| May 13, 2020 | Oregon

One of the ways we are responding to this COVID crisis is to create interactive virtual conversations that tee up some of the most important issues and challenges in health care today. Next week, we host our first multi-state panel discussion called "5 Slides We're Discussing," exploring how Medicaid plans in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Gov. Brown's leadership, May primary, Art Suchorzewski

| Apr 15, 2020 | Oregon

If you haven't signed up for our State of Reform Daily newsletter, you can do so here. We post about 10-12 stories each day covering the nexus of health care and health policy across a range of topics. You can also sign up for our COVID newsletter, out daily in the evening....[ Read More ]