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What They're Watching: Paul Hegyi, San Diego County Medical Society

| Feb 16, 2022 | California

Paul Hegyi, CEO of the San Diego County Medical Society, says the county has been dealing with a backlog of patients who previously had their care deferred. Deferrals have caused patient conditions to worsen, consequently increasing the cost of caring for them. "Some people are still afraid to go into...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Ashley Shearer, Queen’s Medical Center

| Feb 10, 2022 | Hawaii

Ashley Shearer, LCSW, Director of Care Coordination, Utilization Management, and Clinical Documentation Integrity at the Queen’s Medical Center, is working to address Hawaii’s high emergency department utilizers, especially those who come in for non-emergent needs. Shearer’s work with the Queen’s Care Coalition aims to identify the broader, health-adjacent needs of...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Sheree Paloutzian, Quest Diagnostics

| Feb 2, 2022 | California

Sheree Paloutzian, Ph.D., senior director of health plans and payer markets in the west region for Quest Diagnostics, says her organization is primarily focused on reducing the cost of health care. In this edition of "What They're Watching," Paloutzian explains that Quest is working with health plans to implement value-based...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Kristof Stremikis, California Health Care Foundation

| Jan 18, 2022 | California

For Kristof Stremikis, director of market analysis and insight at California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), lowering the cost of health care is top-of-mind heading into 2022. The increasing costs of health services, he said, are causing many Californians to defer their care—which is likely to have damaging impacts on the...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Steve Brennan, Change Healthcare

| Jan 3, 2022 | California

The ethical use of health data is a high priority for Change Healthcare, according to the organization's senior manager for state health policy, Steve Brennan. At the 2021 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference in December, he highlighted California's implementation of the 2020 California Privacy Rights Act and...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Gary Rotto, SDSU School of Public Health

| Dec 21, 2021 | California

In the newest video in our "What They're Watching" series, Gary Rotto, lecturer at the San Diego State University School of Public Health, talks about his anticipation for the launch of CalAIM's community supports, public health, and the health professional workforce.     Rotto—who teaches public health at SDSU—said the...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Norma Diaz, Community Health Group

| Dec 9, 2021 | California

In the first edition of the "What They're Watching" interview series we've curated from the 2021 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference, Community Health Group CEO Norma Diaz shares how her organization is laser-focused on serving its members above all else.      Diaz says she visits members’...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Siman Qaasim

Michael Goldberg | Oct 22, 2020 | Arizona

Siman Qaasim is the President and CEO at Children's Action Alliance.  In this pre-COVID edition of 'What They're Watching," Qaasim discusses oral health, delivery system transformation, increasing public benefits, and legislative strategy toward health care investment.     I've been been spending a lot of time thinking about the oral...[ Read More ]