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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 Utah: Hospitals & COVID, Crisis response, VBC recommendations

| Jan 20, 2022 | Utah

This newsletter features an update from Utah hospitals, a report detailing successful crisis intervention efforts, and some counsel on transitioning to value-based care from Castell Health. As always, thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform    1. Hospital workforce challenges persist Despite postponing elective surgeries, raising salaries, and calling...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/ Rich Saunders, Cox's budget, DHHS transition plan

| Dec 21, 2021 | Utah

This is the last "5 Things" newsletter before the holidays, so we want to wish all of you a wonderful and safe holiday season! This newsletter includes a conversation with Rich Saunders, details on the DHHS transition plan, and health items in Gov. Cox's budget. Thanks for reading, and we'll...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/ Tracy Gruber, Vaccine mandate policy, Rep. Dailey-Provost talks legislation

| Nov 18, 2021 | Utah

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you for reading our stuff. Our reporting and our conferences aren't possible without the engagement of stakeholders like you. So we're grateful to have your support. Wishing everyone a safe holiday next week! Thanks for reading.   Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform ...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: DOH merger update, "Safe UT" app proves successful, Q&A w/ Ashley Moretz

| Oct 21, 2021 | Utah

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features an update on Utah's DOH-DHS merger, a conversation on the state of rural hospitals with DOH's Ashley Moretz, and the SafeUT app's success at supporting mental health needs during the pandemic. Thanks for reading, and if you have any tips or recommendations...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/ Rep. Candice Pierucci, Interim committee meeting, Medicaid vaccination rates

| Sep 23, 2021 | Utah

We had a bit of news yesterday. State of Reform has joined the HMA family of companies. That family includes the Leavitt Partners, which is a national institution among health consultancies based in SLC. So, this alignment deepens our roots in Utah and connects Leavitt and State of Reform at the hip....[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/Melissa Freigang, Hospital transparency, COVID in nursing homes

| Aug 18, 2021 | Utah

It's an odd time in COVID. Public opinion has turned gloomy, with Gallup reporting that more people are pessimistic about the future of COVID and getting the disease than are optimistic. That's the first time since January that more folks are worried than hopeful. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: DOH merger update, Greg Bell, Federal coverage gap

| Jul 29, 2021 | Utah

Thanks to the team for holding things down while I stepped away on vacation. Our managing editor, Emily Boerger, leads a team of reporters covering Utah and fourteen other states as they navigate the shoals of health reform. This week, we tee up conversations with Greg Bell, with Eric Cannon and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/Emma Chacon, ACA decision, Health equity

| Jun 17, 2021 | Utah

While DJ is out of office, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care in Utah and a number of other states. Feel free to email me any feedback or tips...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: SLCo RFA, Interim study plan, ARPA funds

| May 27, 2021 | Utah

It's mental health awareness month in May. And, though we're at the end of the month, it feels like time to double down on being intentional about addressing our mental health needs. According to the US Census Household Pulse Survey, about 53% of Utahns self-attested to "feeling nervous, anxious, or...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Department merger, Mental health, Rx policy discussion

| Apr 22, 2021 | Utah

We held our 2021 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference last week, and learned a lot of very important, compelling things. We feature some of that for you below, but most of the key takeaways will stay with the 200+ folks in the "metaphorical" room with us last week....[ Read More ]