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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 Alaska: Becky Hultberg, Budget decisions, Medical tourism

| Aug 27, 2019 | Alaska

While we cover the legislative budget cuts in this issue, we are also connecting dots with Alaska to the Outside, notably Oregon and Mexico. We're also finalizing our list of speakers for our 2019 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up in 5 weeks. So, lots of moving...[ 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 Utah: Sen. Gene Davis, Medicaid expansion, New ambulatory care clinic

| Aug 22, 2019 | Utah

In this time of national economic expansion, it feels like we should be making more progress on the big issues we face together as Americans.  With yield curves inverting, a recession feels like it looms ahead, cutting our collective margin for error. However, in my rare moments of cynicism, I'm reminded...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado:  "Don Quixote," Hospital value report, 1332 waiver update

| Aug 20, 2019 | Colorado

We are nearing the end of summer, with fall elections (recall campaign?) and Democratic debates on the horizon. The Broncos and Nuggets are getting ready to play, which is a good autumnal distraction.  But, before you know it, you'll be watching returns from Iowa and New Hampshire on cable TV....[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Legislative update, BH Integration, Holly Smith

| Aug 20, 2019 | California

I'm at the LA Business Journal Health Care Leadership Forum and Awards event today with about 140 LA area health care leaders. It's a good event that reminds me of the importance of focusing on what's working, and the innovation already finding success. Like Carmen Ibarra's organization, The Achievable Foundation, which is...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, SEBB update, Morris Pettit

| Aug 15, 2019 | Washington

Early registration for our upcoming 2019 Inland NW State of Reform Health Policy Conference is strong, already exceeding each of our previous six conferences.  Since the agenda is full of the most pressing topics in Washington State health care, and since we try to cover those in this newsletter, you'll see some...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Waiver approval, Dan Juberg, Insulin cost bill

| Aug 8, 2019 | Hawaii

Big mahalo for reading our newsletter, and for supporting our work at State of Reform! We are starting to begin our thinking and planning for our 2019 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference, with our Convening Panel meeting coming up next month. We're always interested in our readers' ideas...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Keynote panel, Asm. Devon Mathis, Executive moves

| Aug 7, 2019 | California

The end of the legislative session is on the horizon, and a number of folks in Sacramento are ready to take a breath. At our 2019 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference, we will hear from a number of insiders with their take on the session, the progress of...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Price transparency, mental health, "Keynote Conversations"

| Aug 6, 2019 | Texas

We are five weeks away from the 2019 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference, and we're rounding the corner to the home stretch! If you haven't had a chance to review the Topical Agenda, take a look as the content areas continue to evolve based on stakeholder input. Registration...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: House Speaker election, Deb Murphy, Rural residency programs

| Jul 23, 2019 | Washington

I'm in DC this week as part of a group thinking through what might be possible for national health reform in 2021. Regardless of who wins in 2020, there will be continued demand for some action on health care at the federal level. It seems to me, however, that the...[ Read More ]