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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 Hawaii: US Senate, Marcus Oshiro, Schatz bill

| Sep 7, 2017 | Hawaii

Summer is almost over, school is getting started, and Congress is back to work. My summer included a trip to Italy, seeing the total eclipse, and spending 6 hours on an 18" ledge 50 feet above the ocean. Thanks to the US Navy for saving me and my kids from...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Sen. Hirono, proposed rates & reductions, Joy Barua

| Aug 10, 2017 | Hawaii

I think we're all recovering from a little bit of whiplash following events in DC this July. While we're looking forward to a (hopefully) quiet recess, we couldn't resist giving a shout out to Senator Hirono for her work before looking at what's been happening in Hawaii's health care while...[ Read More ]

5 Things HI: Scott Miscovich, BCRA, hospital charity care

| Jul 19, 2017 | Hawaii

I hear there is an interesting slate of summer movies out, but the latest episode of "Game of Thrones" has much of my attention.  And, by "Game of Thrones," I mean the debacle happening on health policy in Washington DC as the Senate ties itself in knots. It's some of...[ Read More ]

5 Things HI: Michael Robinson, Pacific VA, HMSA performance

| Jun 8, 2017 | Hawaii

Health policy isn't disconnected from political reality. So, it's possible the most important health policy activity today comes from Jim Comey's testimoney before the US Senate. If you weren't up at 4:00 am for his remarks, you can read them here. They read like a Hollywood screenplay. With that, here...[ Read More ]

AHCA vote | Christine Sakuda | Jimmy Kimmel

| May 4, 2017 | Hawaii

I spent the morning watching C-SPAN and the vote on the AHCA. I can't help but think the gulf between health policy makers and those that work in health care is perhaps as wide as it has ever been. Regardless of one's politics, perhaps today's vote is a call for...[ Read More ]

Medicaid Plus | Anna Loengard | Bills to watch

| Apr 6, 2017 | Hawaii

Reform is on again, off again in Washington DC. But with a month to go, lots of initiatives are still at play in the legislature. We track some of those this month - but we also launch our State of Reform podcast in this month's edition. So, here are "5...[ Read More ]

Reform's impacts in HI | Budget takes hit | Carla D'Angelo

| Mar 14, 2017 | Hawaii

It's hard not to watch the events in Washington DC health policy right now. We're tracking the impacts on Hawaii from an implementation of the Congressional Republicans' ACA replacement bill. "Replace," this week's House budget, and a few key legislative bills. It's what we're watching in Hawaii health care for...[ Read More ]

Ige's budget cuts | Bills moving | Three things from DC

| Feb 17, 2017 | Hawaii

We are a few weeks removed from our 2017 Hawaii Health Policy Conference, a time when the legislature had yet to begin.  The session is now underway, bills are moving and revenues are falling. Those are some of the 5 Things We're Watching this month in Hawaii health care.  As...[ Read More ]

Michael Stollar | Jiseki Health | January 12th

| Jan 3, 2017 | Hawaii

Welcome to 2017 and what is expected to be a year of upheaval in health care. This month, we're tracking some of the issues that offer the most potential disruption for the year - almost all of which you'll hear about at our conference on January 12th! I hope we'll...[ Read More ]

Leadership changes | Paula Arcena | Rep. Tom Price

| Dec 13, 2016 | Hawaii

We are now closer to Christmas and the winter holidays than we are the General Election, something we might all celebrate a little. We are also closer to our January 12th event than November 8th - meaning much of what we're watching this month you'll see on our conference agenda...[ Read More ]