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DJ Wilson | Apr 19, 2018 | California

I'm really looking forward to getting together next week with the senior health policy makers and health care executives that make up our State of Reform community.  Hopefully, if you're reading this, you'll be with us as well. I wanted to share with you the list of organizations already confirmed...[ Read More ]

California hospitals must cough up millions to meet charity care rules

| Apr 19, 2018 | California

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has ordered three California hospitals to pay out millions of dollars to local nonprofits, declining their requests to be freed from charity obligations required under state law. The hospitals, based in the Central Valley and Los Angeles, argued that there isn’t as much need to support charity...[ Read More ]

Washington Health Benefit Exchange lowers carrier assessment rate by 55 percent

| Apr 19, 2018 | Washington

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced it is lowering its carrier assessment rate by 55 percent, from $7.46 to $3.36 per member per month, on all 2019 health plans purchased through Washington Healthplanfinder – a reduction passed on directly to consumers through lowered premium prices. The Exchange Board acted...[ Read More ]

Wyden Report: Health care industry receives $100 billion in benefits under new tax bill

| Apr 18, 2018 | Federal

US Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) has released a report on the impact the tax law has had on the health care industry. The report, titled “Trump Tax Law and the Health Care Industry: A $100 Billion Bonanza,” reveals that the health care industry is expected to...[ Read More ]

AK Legislature passes few health policy bills

| Apr 18, 2018 | Alaska

As Alaska’s Legislative Session continues, we have an update on health policy bills that passed this year. However, the Legislature has currently only passed 36 pieces of legislation, few related to health policy. The House has passed 64 bills, while the Senate has passed 37 bills out of the chamber....[ Read More ]

HealthInsight and Qualis Health announce formal merger agreement

| Apr 18, 2018 | Washington

The governing boards of HealthInsight and Qualis Health have approved a formal agreement to merge the two organizations and their operations across the U.S., as anticipated since the February announcement of their intention to merge. The merger is final and effective today. The new, merged organization builds on the successes,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Lessons from CA, Facebook seeks health data, health disparities

| Apr 18, 2018 | Oregon

If there is a more disappointing way to end this NBA season than two Trailblazer losses at home, I don't know what it is...  Looking towards health policy to cheer me up isn't a useful salve. Increased regulatory activism, heart ache among providers, and stubborn health disparities are on our...[ Read More ]

Gov. Ige appoints Troy Hashimoto to Maui House Seat, replacing long-time Rep. Joe Souki

| Apr 18, 2018 | Hawaii

Gov. David Ige appointed Troy Hashimoto to the Maui House seat previously occupied by former Rep. Joe Souki. Hashimoto has served as executive assistant to Maui County Council Chair Mike White since 2011. He was also Maui County Democratic Party chair from 2013 to 2017. In addition, Hashimoto is the...[ Read More ]

Blue Shield of California announces Elizabeth Mitchell as Senior VP of Healthcare and Community Health Transformation

| Apr 18, 2018 | California

Elizabeth Mitchell has joined Blue Shield of California’s executive leadership team as senior vice president of healthcare and community health transformation. Mitchell will lead Blue Shield’s collaborations with health care providers, community leaders and other stakeholders to design innovative clinical and community programs, and healthcare delivery and payment systems that...[ Read More ]

New audit report finds errors in HHSC and DSHS-handled state contracts

Emily Boerger | Apr 17, 2018 | Texas

A new audit report shows errors in HHSC and DSHS’s procurement contract to develop the Texas Electronic Vital Events Registrar (TxEVER). According to the State Auditor’s Office, HHSC’s evaluation of vendor proposals was based on inaccurate evaluations and unverified information. TxEVER is the new electronic state birth and death records...[ Read More ]