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What They’re Watching: Rep. Ken McCarty, House Health & Social Services Committee

| Jan 19, 2023 | Alaska

Rep. Ken McCarty (R-Eagle River), a member of the House Health & Social Services Committee, said one of his primary healthcare concerns is ensuring that providers are reimbursed adequately for the services they provide.     “I’m concerned about our providers. To make sure they get paid. There’s a lot...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Charissa Fotinos, MD, Washington State Health Care Authority

| Jan 18, 2023 | Washington

Charissa Fotinos, MD, Medicaid director for the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), said preparing for the approaching unwind of the public health emergency is a primary focus of the HCA.      “The public health emergency is not ending, but we received information from the federal government that we...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Liz Close, PhD, Utah Nurses Association

| Dec 20, 2022 | Utah

In this edition of "What They're Watching, Utah Nurses Association Executive Director Liz Close, PhD, describes the challenges the nursing profession has faced having entered the pandemic with an already-burn-out workforce.     To solve the increasing burnout nurses in the state are feeling, UNA is meeting with nurses to...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Shruti Kothari, Blue Shield of California

| Dec 19, 2022 | California

In this edition of "What They're Watching," we sat down with Shruti Kothari, Director of Industry Initiatives for Blue Shield of California, to hear about her focus on health data sharing in California.     As part of the Connecting for Better Health Coalition, Kothari and her organization are committed...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Hawaii DOH Community Programs Supervisor discusses state’s transition to 988 crisis line, increased call volume

| Dec 15, 2022 | Hawaii

Hawaii implemented its 988 crisis response line in July to provide more efficient access to those in need of assistance during mental health or suicide crises. Individuals with an 808 area code can now call 988 to connect to the Hawaii Department of Health’s (DOH) Hawaii CARES crisis line to...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Adela Flores-Brennan, Medicaid Director

| Dec 13, 2022 | Colorado

In this edition of "What They're Watching," we talked to Colorado's Medicaid Director Adela Flores Brennan about what she's prioritizing as the leader of the state's healthcare safety net program for vulnerable Coloradans. Among her main focus areas are increasing oral health access in the state and continuing the state's...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Claudia Tucker, Teladoc Health

| Dec 12, 2022 | Texas

In this edition of "What They're Watching," Claudia Tucker, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at Teladoc Health—an organization that focuses on increasing telemedicine to improve whole-person care—discusses her focus on health equity and how she wants to see the commercial-level telehealth policy changes also be applied to Medicaid-covered telehealth...[ Read More ]

Q&A: UH Manoa’s NHCOE Principal Investigator says grant funds will help Native Hawaiians pursue health-related careers

| Dec 9, 2022 | Hawaii

The Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence (NHCOE), at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), was recently awarded a $3.4 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. Funds will support Native Hawaiians pursue careers in...[ Read More ]