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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 Texas:  Opioids, Topical Agenda, Sendero Health

| Dec 14, 2018 | Texas

I hope you're able to get away and enjoy the Christmas holiday now less than two weeks away - or the recent Hannukah celebration or any other festive or religious event that is on your calendar this time of year.  It's important that we make time to recharge our batteries...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Pre-filed bills, Rep. John Zerwas, vaccine legislation

| Nov 14, 2018 | Texas

The legislature still doesn't start for two months, but things are already moving.  Pre-filed legislation is out, as are rider reports from the last session budget.  There is even a comical faux Twitter account for projected-to-be-new Speaker Dennis Bonnen. With things afoot in Austin, we're also gearing up for our 2019 Texas State...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Tenant & BPCI, Carrie de Moor, Medicaid & CHIP

| Oct 15, 2018 | Texas

There are 23 days until election day.  And, 96 days until the start of the legislative session.  Just think about how many questions about the future of our politics, of our country, and of Texas will be answered between now and then. And, that'll be just the beginning. Until then,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Sen. Charles Schwertner, HHSC LAR, Congressional Dems

| Sep 14, 2018 | Texas

With September 11th this week, it's worth taking a bit of time to review these photos from 9/11 now housed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. If you have more time, check out ESPN's short documentary "First Pitch" about President Bush taking the mound at Yankee Stadium in the post-9/11...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: John Petrila, UHRIP funding, 2018 elections

| Aug 20, 2018 | Texas

Welcome to Monday morning!  If you're new to 5 Things, we offer this monthly newsletter with five things that we think are worth keeping an eye on in Texas health care. Some may be very pressing. Some may be more forward looking. But each is likely to impact the Texas...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Individual market, Wesley Durkalski, Rep. Donna Howard

| Jul 5, 2018 | Texas

I hope you had you a Happy Fourth of July yesterday. DJ is taking a much deserved vacation, so I'm bringing you this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. I'm usually covering health policy in Texas, and a number of other states. DJ will be back next month, but until there, here's...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: HHSC, Drew Peterson, California elections

| Jun 6, 2018 | Texas

In our 5 Things We're Watching newsletters, we work to elevate the topics we think are worth your attention across the health care industry, regardless of where those ideas or coverage come from. So in addition to the five topics below, we're also watching and reading The Dallas Morning News...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Women's health programs, Medicare changes, future of managed care

| May 3, 2018 | Texas

This newsletter, 5 Things We're Watching, tries to deliver you thoughtful market and policy intelligence on Texas health care and health policy once a month.  It's free, of course. If we are on the right track or if we could do something a little better, I'd appreciate the input.  In...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: House hearing on reform, Nora Belcher, health disparities by county

| Apr 5, 2018 | Texas

We have 5 Things We're Watching in Texas health care teed up for you this issue, with lots of independent, original content.  Altogether, we have curated 17 links for you, connecting the dots across policy and market activity, providing what we think is a unique perspective on health care in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Kevin Denmark, Lessons from Idaho, Maternal Health

| Mar 8, 2018 | Texas

This morning's news that Cigna has acquired ExpressScripts seems like a counter to CVS's purchase of Aetna, accelerating a trend in health care that may be more disruptive to the system than Amazon's entry. We'll have coverage of the deal later in the day.  Until then, here are 5 Things We're Watching...[ Read More ]