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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 California: Q&A with Sen. Pat Bates, Telehealth legislation, Changes to Medi-Cal

| May 19, 2020 | California

We launch a new series tomorrow called "5 Slides We're Discussing" where some of the most thoughtful folks in health care bring a slide capturing some of the biggest challenges we face today. I discuss this more below, but we'd love to have you register at either of our first...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: May revise, Contact tracing, COVID in rural California

| May 7, 2020 | California

A new study reviews the four flu pandemics of the last 100 years. (I didn’t know we had four either.) The frustrating takeaway from the three most likely scenarios: “Based on the most recent flu pandemics, this outbreak will likely last 18 to 24 months… It likely won’t be halted until 60%...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Financial impacts on providers, "The Special Session," CalAIM

| Apr 24, 2020 | California

For many of us, we are not simply "working from home." We're at home, trying to work. It's not the same. And as these weeks grind into months, we should try to give ourselves a little grace to feel less productive than normal. And, the room to simply be sad...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: State budget, Counties on COVID-19, CARES Act funding

| Apr 9, 2020 | California

We have launched two new daily emails for you if you are interested in tracking our coverage at the nexus of health care and health policy even further. One afternoon newsletter covers our reporting on COVID, while an early morning newsletter gives you a run down of all of our daily reporting at...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: COVID-19 update, 1135 waiver, Chet Uma

| Mar 19, 2020 | California

America now has 11,234 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 85% of which came in the last seven days. Organizations like JP Morgan predict a 2% economic contraction in Q1 and a 3% contraction in Q2, miring us already in a recession. These are precarious times. So, do your best to add a little love and empathy...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Coronavirus, Medi-Cal procurement, Maria Lemus

| Mar 4, 2020 | California

California just announced it's first death from the coronavirus as we finalized this newsletter. It took place in Placer County. Taken together, our national and community-level response to this is a failure of the first order. California is still working to get test kits deployed following the debacle at the CDC related...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: State of the State, Convening Panel, Beth Andersen

| Feb 19, 2020 | California

Early voting is underway for the March 3rd presidential primary, where the haul of delegates from California (495) will swamp the early delegate counts from Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina (155). My money is on a brokered convention, where no candidate enters the DNC with a majority of delegates....[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Brad Gilbert, Bills we're watching, Chris Daher

| Feb 6, 2020 | California

Our Convening Panel will be meeting this month ahead of our 2020 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up on May 12th. So, now is a good time to send us any ideas you have for topics for this year's event. We'll get those in the mix for our...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Reactions to the budget, DHCS director, Kimberly Gallo

| Jan 23, 2020 | California

We are covering the budget, the courts, and agency issues in this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. If you've been reading us for a while, you'll know these are meant to be five short reads on things we think are important for senior health care executives and health policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Newsom's budget, MFAR rule, Tayler Trotter

| Jan 7, 2020 | California

With a new year comes a new legislative session! Legislators are reconvening in Sacramento this week for what could be an ambitious year, catalyzed by the national political climate and some pent up enthusiasm for bigger reforms in health care. We are tracking some early signals to see how the...[ Read More ]