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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: COVID-19, Sen. James Manning, Health impacts of climate change

| Mar 16, 2020 | Oregon

From our coverage below, you'll see Portland is about two weeks behind Seattle. And, as Seattle tracks Italy, by about 2 weeks, that means Oregon is about four weeks behind what could be a new epicenter in the disease spread. I know closing restaurants and staying home can be agitating,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Health legislation, MFAR comments, Sen. Arnie Roblan

| Feb 12, 2020 | Oregon

Mental health, public health, and health care financing: we're spending our time on those topics in this edition of 5 Things We're Watching in Oregon health care. It's what I do while I wait for the Blazers to get back over .500.  (I may have time on my hands...)  So,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Retirements in the legislature, "What You Missed," John Kitzhaber

| Dec 12, 2019 | Oregon

2019 has been a big year for us at State of Reform.  We held our 8th annual conference in Portland, and now host State of Reform in 13 markets (crazy, right?)  More importantly, perhaps, we recently hired Madeline Shannon of The Newport News-Times to help us cover Oregon health policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Salem insiders, Lessons from CCO 1.0, "One on One Conversations"

| Nov 7, 2019 | Oregon

Next week, we hold our 2019 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference, one of the state's largest, most important health care and health policy events on the calendar.  We'll have almost 400 folks in the room at the Hilton downtown, but it won't be quite the same without you! So,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: FMAP drop, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Cost of care

| Oct 9, 2019 | Oregon

We are five weeks out from our annual health policy conference. It is the key revenue generator that funds all of our Oregon health policy reporting and analysis throughout the year. So, thanks for your consideration in joining us. It'll be our 8th conference in Portland, with a strong line up...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Blue Button 2.0, Topical Agenda, Drug price transparency

| Sep 20, 2019 | Oregon

We are about 8 weeks out from our 2019 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference and registration is already well ahead of previous years. There's a reasonable chance we will actually sell out this year, given the space allowances at the hotel. So, if you know you want to be with...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Kitzhaber, Hultberg, Prov/CareOR deal

| Aug 22, 2019 | Oregon

It's been a transformational last few weeks for Oregon health care. From personnel changes to organizational shifts, we cover some of that below - and we don't even touch on the clash between Centene and Portland-area hospitals...   With help from Emily Boerger     1. “Don Quixote” goes to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: CCO 2.0 awards, Convening Panel, Provider burnout

| Jul 19, 2019 | Oregon

A huge thank you to the inimitable Emily Boerger for holding down this newsletter while I was on vacation with my family. We spent a few weeks in Bosnia, Croatia, and Montenegro. The siege of Sarajevo remains a story everyone should know. The massacre at Srebenica under the watchful eye of UN troops...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Sen. Monnes Anderson, OHPB meeting, ER boarding bill

| Jun 13, 2019 | Oregon

Yesterday was a scorcher, getting to 98 degrees at PDX. Anytime Portland is as hot as Medford, that's not good for the city, or its housing insecure folks. Stay cool as best you can, and maybe buy some extra water or sunscreen for folks on the streets that could use...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: DataDx, Medical debt legislation, opioid tapering

| May 23, 2019 | Oregon

We have announced our date for our 2019 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference. It's a little later in the calendar this year on November 12th.  But, the hope is that will move us a little closer to the next legislature, and provide perhaps a bit more clarity about the...[ Read More ]