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5 Things California: Cynthia Buiza, Plan-Provider Relations, Scott Christman

| Sep 4, 2019 | California

This is the last 5 Things newsletter you'll get from me before our 2019 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference on September 18th. And, because the topics we watch for this newsletter are also often the topics teed up at State of Reform, I wanted to feature a few of...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Sen. Navarette, Ballot initiative, "Don Quixote"

| Aug 30, 2019 | Arizona

With temperatures in Phoenix set to hit 112F this weekend, it doesn't feel like summer is almost over. The city hit 115F just a few weeks ago on August 5th, the high hit twice this summer (second time on July 15). The heat gives you a good opportunity to read some of our...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Doug Bowes, Providence, Cascade Care

| Aug 29, 2019 | Washington

With our 2019 Inland NW State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up in two weeks, some of what we're watching in health care also shows up on the Topical Agenda for Spokane. So, if you're interested in some of the more timely, more practical conversations in health care and health...[ Read More ]

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 ]

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