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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: 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 ]

5 Things Texas: Charles Smith, Amazon, "What you missed"

| Feb 8, 2018 | Texas

We are still coming down from hosting so many good friends at our 2018 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference one week ago, today!  It was a wonderful event, and we were very honored to host about 300 of you in Austin. But, time stops for no one!  So,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Waiver approved, W. Stephen Love, #JPM2018

| Jan 11, 2018 | Texas

We are thrilled to be hosting about 300 of you in three weeks at our 2018 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  And, because so much of what we're watching in Texas health care will also be featured on our agenda next month, we thought we'd highlight a couple...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: 1115 waiver, CHIP funding, primary elections

| Dec 14, 2017 | Texas

We were excited to release our Topical Agenda last week for our 2018 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up on February 1st.  This year, we'll be at the newly constructed - and yet to open - AT&T Convention Center on the UT campus. If you haven't registered...[ Read More ]