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What They're Watching: Richard Popiel

Kylie Walsh | Jan 19, 2018 | Washington

Richard Popiel is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Cambia Health Solutions. He joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to talk about understanding the consumer through the use of data. One of the things that is core to our company is really understanding the...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Trahan Whitten

Kylie Walsh | Jan 19, 2018 | California

Trahan Whitten is the Executive Vice President at Toyon Associates. He joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to talk about the confusion from the federal level. Most of our clients are trying to respond to what’s going on with the Affordable Care Act and the impact of...[ Read More ]

DHSS letter to State of Reform on Alaska's 1115 Waiver

| Jan 19, 2018 | Alaska

The following letter was sent to State of Reform from Department of Health and Social Services Deputy Commissioner Karen Forrest in response to our most recent "5 Things Alaska" email.  January 18, 2018 Mr. Wilson, Please be aware that information around funding for Section 1115 waivers, provided in the recent...[ Read More ]

Podcast: Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Healthcare Reform and Politics

Kylie Walsh | Jan 19, 2018 | Federal

As governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley led one of the most innovative reform efforts to have been implemented in any state. By moving hospitals to a fixed and predictable payment model, incentives for the organizations were redirected from quantity to a new focus on quality. O’Malley was a candidate for...[ Read More ]

Senators question Trump Administration Medicaid Waiver authority

| Jan 18, 2018 | Federal

Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray, lead Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Maria Cantwell, a senior Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, and 27 other Senate Democrats sent a letter to Acting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric Hargan expressing serious concern with recent administrative...[ Read More ]

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 Oregon: Implications from FamilyCare, John Kitzhaber, Measure 101

| Jan 17, 2018 | Oregon

Welcome to 2018!  The new years holiday already seems like months ago. We've got original content and curation for you across Oregon's health care system, as well as from beyond it. So, with that, here are 5 Things We're Watching in Oregon health care for January. Thanks, as always, for...[ Read More ]

Five reasons John Kitzhaber should be OHSU's next president

| Jan 17, 2018 | Oregon

There are few positions in Oregon health care that have the potential to fundamentally reshape health care in the state, the country and the world like that of President of OHSU. Now, to be candid, for as big as OHSU is, and as important a player in Oregon as it...[ Read More ]

Four implications of FamilyCare's closing

DJ Wilson | Jan 16, 2018 | Oregon

At the end of this month, FamilyCare will cease operations following a long standing argument with the State of Oregon about rates for the Portland-area CCO. A skeleton crew will remain to manage the "run out" of payments to providers that have otherwise cared for patients while FamilyCare remained contracted...[ Read More ]

WSHA welcomes Rhonda Curry as Vice President, Membership and Communications

| Jan 16, 2018 | Washington

Following a nationwide search, the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is proud to announce Rhonda Curry will be joining the leadership team as Vice President for Membership and Communications. Curry has more than two decades of experience as a public affairs executive. Partnering with leadership, media, government and community, she...[ Read More ]