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5 Things Michigan: Health in the budget, MHA policy priorities, Addressing racial disparities

| Jul 8, 2021 | Michigan

While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, 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 and health policy in Michigan and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Maternal health, Healthy Hawai'i Strategic Plan, Workforce shortages

| Jul 7, 2021 | Hawaii

While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, 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 and health policy in Hawaii and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

DCBS releases preliminary 2022 rate decisions

| Jul 1, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) this week released the state’s preliminary 2022 rate decisions for individual and small employer health insurance plans. In the individual market, six insurers filed an average 1.8% rate increase. These range from a 4.9% rate increase proposed by Regence BlueCross BlueShield...[ Read More ]

Physician practice acquisitions accelerated during the pandemic, study finds

| Jun 30, 2021 | Federal

Physician acquisitions have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to information from the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI). The latest data shows by January 2021, hospitals and other corporate entities owned close to half of all physician practices in the United States and employed close to 70% of all physicians in...[ Read More ]

DOC announces contract with national corrections health care expert

| Jun 29, 2021 | Washington

Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Cheryl Strange announced on Tuesday the DOC has contracted with a national expert on prison medical care to support DOC Health Services. Strange, who was appointed to the role of DOC secretary in April, announced Dr. Homer Venters is being retained to work...[ Read More ]

Three lessons from Vox’s story on physician mental health

| Jun 25, 2021 | Federal

In a 4,700-word piece titled “The doctors are not all right,” Vox Senior Health Correspondent Julia Belluz explores the structural barriers in place that make it difficult for doctors to access mental health care. The article highlights stories of physicians who have died by suicide, COVID-19’s impacts on physician mental...[ Read More ]

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