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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 Arizona: Prefiled bills, Excess COVID deaths, Q&A w/ Justin Chase

| Dec 29, 2021 | Arizona

I hope everyone had a wonderful, safe holiday break! In light of the rising concern surrounding the Omicron variant, we hope you are staying safe and making informed decisions about your health. The last Arizona "5 Things" newsletter of 2021 features an update on prefiled health bills (the 2022 legislative...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Prefiled bills, Q&A w/ Rep. Alma Hernandez, Native American health

| Nov 24, 2021 | Arizona

On this Thanksgiving eve, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to stakeholders like you who engage with our content and events. Our work reporting on Arizona health policy is only possible with your involvement, so thank you very much for continuing to support us. I hope everyone has a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: AzHHA on workforce shortage, Q&A w/ Rep. Kelli Butler, Health data for Black Arizonans

| Oct 26, 2021 | Arizona

Arizona currently has among the highest COVID-19 death rates in the country, with an average 51 deaths per day, and a rate of 0.70 deaths per 100,000. In the midst of legal battles over the state's refusal to adopt President Biden's vaccine mandate for health facilities, 53% of Arizonans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19....[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Q&A w/ Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, Agency budget requests, ARPA funds

| Sep 30, 2021 | Arizona

For the uninitiated, the legislative session seems a long ways off. But, if the key issue is always money, then the budget is the primary object of each legislative session. And that conversation begins this month with budget requests coming in from state agencies. ASU's finest, reporter Ethan Kispert, has...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Competitive Contract Expansion, Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, Hospital transparency

| Aug 25, 2021 | Arizona

Projections for Arizona show that COVID may not be as bad this fall and winter as it was last year when Arizona had one of the worst levels of the virus in the US. While overall vaccination rates are still low in Arizona relative to other states, estimates are that 30%...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Christ's departure, Banner vaccine mandate, COVID response RFP

| Jul 29, 2021 | Arizona

Thanks to my team for holding things together during some much needed vacation for me and my family. Emily Boerger, our managing editor, leads a team of folks covering Arizona health policy who all filled in ably. You'll see many of their bylines mentioned or linked to in this month's...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Waiver amendment, ACA decision, Cara Christ keynote

| Jun 17, 2021 | Arizona

While DJ is out of office, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care in Arizona and a number of other states. In this edition of 5 Things, we bring...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, Four corner discussion, Dr. Cara Christ

| May 19, 2021 | Arizona

We are now less than one week out from our annual State of Reform event. This year, we have a US Senator, a "four corner" conversation with legislative leaders, and some of the most thoughtful voices from Arizona health care you'll find gathered in one (albeit virtual) place. We'd love...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Tension in the Legislature, Update from AHCCCS, COVID-19's impact on kids

| Apr 27, 2021 | Arizona

This Thursday, we will release our list of about 60 speakers we've curated for you at our 2021 Arizona State of Reform Health Policy Conference on May 25th. The virtual event convenes about 250 folks from across Arizona's health care and health policy communities in one place, engaging across a range...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Policy cutoff, Q&A w/Sen. Bowie, Convening Panel

| Mar 25, 2021 | Arizona

This newsletter tries to feature five of the more interesting things happening this month in Arizona health care. Our content is written for the same kind of senior health care executives and health policy leaders that we expect to be with us on May 25th at our annual policy conference....[ Read More ]