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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: Q&A w/ Sen. Begich, COVID hospitalization costs, Health care wage gap

| Oct 20, 2021 | Alaska

This edition of 5 Things We're Watching touches on a broad range of issues impacting Alaska's health care system. We feature a conversation on improving health equity in the state, the latest data on COVID hospitalization and treatment costs, and State of Reform Reporter Ethan Kispert has a forward-looking policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health policy preview, Keynote video w/ Dr. Anne Zink, Adult ICU closures

| Sep 23, 2021 | Alaska

You may have seen my note yesterday about our news that State of Reform is now part of the HMA family of companies. It's a smart, mission-driven group of folks at work to improve the health care systems for the communities they serve. So, there is strong cultural alignment with us,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Value-driven systems of care, Republican leadership, Vaccine hesitancy

| Aug 25, 2021 | Alaska

We are very excited to be joining everyone again at State of Reform again this year. I'm disappointed it won't be in person, something I know we would all prefer if things were different. But, with new cases now much higher in Alaska than previously, and only 47% of Alaskans...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Sandra Heffern, Rural telehealth, Federal action

| Jul 26, 2021 | Alaska

Thank you to our team of reporters, led by our Managing Editor Emily Boerger, for holding down the fort while I was away on a family break. We have 8 reporters these days. They cover health care and health policy in Alaska and 14 other states across the country. We've...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Deferred care, Alaska Native mortality rates, ACA ruling in context

| Jun 24, 2021 | Alaska

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 Alaska and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Overdose surge, Convening panel, Federal health policy agenda

| May 27, 2021 | Alaska

This fall on September 14, we plan to host a hybrid event for our 2021 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. It'll be in-person at the Dena'Ina Convention Center, as well as virtually at our digital conference platform. So, if you register, you can choose either to be in-person or...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: ARPA funding proposal, Q&A w/Verné Boerner, Budget conversations

| Apr 21, 2021 | Alaska

We are now covering health policy in 15 states and active coverage of federal policy coming out of Washington DC! So, if you'd like to register for our morning briefing, with a run down of all of our reporting across our entire site, you can get signed up here. We'd...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Policy moving, DHSS executive order, Federal Detailed Agenda

| Mar 17, 2021 | Alaska

My Gonzaga Bulldogs are getting set to tear through the NCAA "March Madness" basketball tournament, both the men and women's team. Games start tomorrow. But, as any Zag, Seahawk or Blazer fan knows, experience tells me we will find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A w/Commissioner Crum, "Chronic COVID," Liability legislation

| Feb 17, 2021 | Alaska

We are now covering state health policy in 15 states, providing more independent coverage of state and market-level health care coverage than any outlet in the country, so far as we can tell. It’s a long way from our first story on Alaska health care back in December of 2011!...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health legislation, State budget, DHSS split

| Jan 20, 2021 | Alaska

We are now on the other side of the 45th peaceful transfer of power since our Constitution was ratified in 1789. It is one of the most uncommon things in the great swath of human history, having hardly been done without swords or battles of some sort. Here, in America,...[ Read More ]