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CMA & CHHS COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds webinar scheduled for July 14

Emily Boerger | Jul 10, 2020 | California

The California Medical Association and the California Health and Human Services Agency, in partnership with CAPA and OPSC, are hosting a new monthly Virtual Grand Rounds series on COVID-19. The first webinar, State of COVID-19 with California Public Health Leaders, will take place July 14 from 12pm-1:30pm and is free...[ Read More ]

We're taking the week off

Michael Goldberg | Jul 6, 2020 | Federal

Between covering health care and health policy across nine states, the COVID-19 pandemic, and transitioning to a new virtual model, the past few months have been a whirlwind at State of Reform. Before gearing up for the rest of a busy summer, we're going to take this week off from...[ Read More ]

Registration for “5 Slides: Mental Health in a Time of COVID in Texas” is now open!

Emily Boerger | Jul 6, 2020 | Texas

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn has caused widespread despair and feelings of vulnerability. State of Reform is eager to take up the topic of mental health in our upcoming “5 Slides: Mental Health in a Time of COVID in Texas” virtual convening. The conversation is teed up for...[ Read More ]

Video & highlights from “5 Slides: Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health”

Emily Boerger | Jul 6, 2020 | Washington

Last week State of Reform held our “5 Slides: Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health” virtual convening with Tom Sebastian, CEO of Compass Health, Megan Gary, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Psychiatry, at Kaiser Permanente, and Jeff Hite, PsyD, a Provider Program Director for Beacon Health Options. During the convening, the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Steve Love, Mask order, Mental health & COVID-19

| Jul 6, 2020 | Texas

I hope you were able to have a safe, outdoor and family-centered 4th of July holiday! My neighborhood, typically filled with kids playing and retirees walking dogs, became a veritable war zone on the 4th. It was loud, bright, dangerous, and totally uncalled for. Much of the fault may or...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Steve Love on North Texas hospitals amid COVID-19

Michael Goldberg | Jul 6, 2020 | Texas

Steve Love is the President and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.  With the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas, Love has been at the forefront of preparing for increased strain on capacity in North Texas hospitals. I spoke with Love to hear about what he's doing to ensure...[ Read More ]

UW Medicine psychiatric consult line for providers expands to 24/7

Emily Boerger | Jul 2, 2020 | Washington

UW Medicine announced on Wednesday its statewide Psychiatry Consultation Line (PCL) will now be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The PCL offers consultation services to health care providers providing care to adults with behavioral health problems. According to UW Medicine, the Psychiatry Consultation Line has received...[ Read More ]

Gov. Abbott issues Executive Order requiring face coverings and proclamation limiting gatherings

Michael Goldberg | Jul 2, 2020 | Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order today mandating the use of face coverings in order to slow the spread of CoVID-19. The order requires that all Texans wear covering over their nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few...[ Read More ]

HCA announces apparently successful bidders for Cascade Care public option plans

Emily Boerger | Jul 2, 2020 | Washington

The Health Care Authority announced on Thursday the apparently successful bidders (ASBs) for the Cascade Care public option RFA. The five carriers are: Bridgespan, Community Health Network of Washington, Coordinated Care, LifeWise, and UnitedHealthcare. The Health Care Authority says the ASBs proposed a coverage plan for almost every county in...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: 2020 Budget Act, Health Homes Program, COVID-19 costs

| Jul 2, 2020 | California

We are six weeks out from our 2020 Northern California Health Policy Conference coming up on August 18th! Based on input from a range of folks, we've added four more break out sessions on topics getting discussed among senior health care executives and health policy leaders right now in California. This...[ Read More ]

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