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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 Alaska: Gov. Walker's budget, Shawn West, 1115 waivers

| Jan 17, 2018 | Alaska

Session is now underway, and Gov. Walker is out with his budget proposal for FY 2019.  We're also tracking a series of other contextual items beyond health care in Alaska, which we have curated for you below.  Here's what we've got our eye on for health care in the state...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Medicaid reform, Premera, Providence

| Dec 20, 2017 | Alaska

I hope the holiday season is wonderful and magical for your family and friends this year. I know we all have our struggles, some more than others. But, it's a good time of year for most of us in health care to appreciate all that we have, all that we've...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: AG sues Purdue, Special session, Bill Popp

| Nov 15, 2017 | Alaska

DJ is on a (much needed) vacation, so he left me the keys for this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. Normally, I'm reporting on health policy or producing our podcasts, but today you get me in email form, too. Anyway, enough about me. On to What We're Watching in Alaska health care...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Benefits of CSR cuts, Al Wall, Alaska Common Ground

| Oct 16, 2017 | Alaska

We are still coming down from hanging out with 300 of our closest friends in Alaska health care two weeks ago at our 2017 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  It was a great event, and I think it captured a new level of energy, enthusiasm and - dare...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Sen. Dan Sullivan, Amazon in health care, Lori Wing-Heier

| Sep 19, 2017 | Alaska

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming 2017 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference in two weeks!  If you haven't reviewed the Topical Agenda, check it out here. Now, on to 5 Things We're Watching in Alaska health care, many of which you'll hear...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health care growth, Sen. Murkowski, Executive moves

| Aug 15, 2017 | Alaska

Summer is winding down, for better or worse.  But, after spending 6 hours with three kids on an 18" ledge, 50-feet above a surprise tide along the coast, I can tell you I'm ready to slow down a bit.  Thanks to the US Navy Search and Rescue for saving my...[ Read More ]

5 Things AK: 1332 waiver, Sitka Community Hospital, Noel Rea

| Jul 25, 2017 | Alaska

Usually, summer in Alaska and in Washington DC is a slower time for health policy.  Nothing feels slow about health care today, however.  Among the many things, here are 5 Things We're Watching in Alaska health care for your review. As always, thanks for reading our stuff. 1.  Moving pieces...[ Read More ]

5 Things AK: AHCA, Juneau, Beth Johnson

| Jun 22, 2017 | Alaska

These are "interesting times," indeed. We focus this issue primarily on the AHCA, but we can't overlook Juneau or thoughtful voices working towards innovation and collaboration in Alaska's health care system. It's "What We're Watching" in Alaska health care. 1.  Senate version of the AHCA is out Here are a...[ Read More ]

Economic growth, Jim Capretta, Dr. Ryan McGhan

| May 23, 2017 | Alaska

As the fiscal situation in Juneau drags on, and the economic recession begins to deepen, we turn this month to health care costs in Alaska.  They make up the context of almost everything happening in Alaska health policy right now - from the AHCA to RFPs to economic activity. It's...[ Read More ]

Governor's race | Becky Hultberg | Budget

| Apr 19, 2017 | Alaska

We've got a little health policy on our list this month, but April's newsletter is more about the content happening around the policy talk. We are tracking the idea of "re-building trust," the comings and goings of folks in the system, and some interesting collaborations. Next month, we host our...[ Read More ]