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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 Washington: Frank Chopp, Amazon, Richard Popiel

| Feb 13, 2018 | Washington

We have a few legislative tidbits for you, and some observations on what Amazon's announcement has revealed about our health care system. We also have a video and a podcast teed up for you as part of our multi-media approach to elevating voices among health care thought leaders.  It's some...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Sen. Randi Becker, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Amazon and healthcare

| Jan 22, 2018 | Washington

We are in week three of the legislative session, day three of the federal government shutdown. But, day one of Amazon's automated grocery shopping experience. In a year, will we be talking about the positive (versus negative) disruption of government in 2018? Or of Amazon? It's what we're watching in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Re-insurance bill, #JPM2018, Stephen Rose

| Jan 9, 2018 | Washington

The session is underway, men named Michael are meeting in San Francisco, and last week's State of Reform event seems like it was a month ago.  If you joined us last week in SeaTac, thank you!  It means a tremendous amount to have your support and engagement with us. But,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Networking reception, Coordinated Care, value based payments

| Dec 27, 2017 | Washington

I'm looking forward to seeing a number of you next week for our 2018 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  We've got an amazing lineup of providers, regulators, elected officials, plans, pharma, HIT, mental health, and agency leaders!  It's a great group of folks, and we'd be honored to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Providence, Optum, Laurel Lee

| Dec 12, 2017 | Washington

We had hoped to have our Detailed Agenda ready for you today, but we instead decided to address the blitz of merger news out that have local impacts.  You'll get our Detailed Agenda later this week but I wanted to offer a few thoughts on some of the other news...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: NPN & DaVita, Lani Todd, US Senate

| Nov 28, 2017 | Washington

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was fabulous, your family was kept all safe and warm, and that all of your clothes still fit perfectly! This time of year is always a good reminder to say thank you to those of you cheering us on, who partner with us to bring...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Election night take aways, Teresa Mosqueda, Rebecca Parrish

| Nov 8, 2017 | Washington

It was a big night last night in the Wilson household: Karianna won re-election to the Verdant Health Commission!  Sure, it was uncontested, but only because she scared away the competition. There were plenty of contested races we were watching, too! They are squarely on our radar screen in this...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: ACH funding cuts, benefits of ending CSRs, Amerigroup President Craig Smith

| Oct 24, 2017 | Washington

Lots of good, original content for you in this edition of 5 Things We're Watching in Washington State healthcare. We have our Topical Agenda coming out next week for our 2018 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference, so keep your eye out for that in your inbox. Also, be...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Executive order, Rick Weaver, HBE financials

| Oct 10, 2017 | Washington

This could be the week where President Trump releases a consequential executive order that undermines the commercial markets both on and off the exchange. Or, not.  It's hard to say how things will play out given DC's inability to substantively and successfully deal with health policy. So, we've got that...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Sen. Cantwell, Convening Panel, Peter Adler

| Sep 26, 2017 | Washington

We have quite a bit of original content for you this issue, with links to three videos and three podcasts. We also have the Cliff's Notes version of yesterday's US Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill. Quite a few moving parts as we scan health policy in Washington...[ Read More ]