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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: Q&A w/Jeremy Vandehey, Suicide prevention bills, ACA subsidy expansion

| Mar 9, 2021 | Oregon

This autumn, we mark our 10th anniversary of hosting our Oregon State of Reform conference and covering health policy in the state. It's been because of the support from some diverse and unique organizations over the years, like FamilyCare and CareOregon, Regence and PacificSource, PH Tech and Kaiser, HMA and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Herd immunity, Rep. Moore-Green, Workforce report

| Feb 9, 2021 | Oregon

We are now covering state health policy in 15 states, providing more independent coverage of state and market-level health care coverage than any outlet in the country, so far as we can tell. It's a long way from our first story on Oregon health care back in 2012! If you'd...[ Read More ]

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 ]