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2019 Oregon State of Reform Conference: What You Missed

Emily Boerger | Nov 13, 2019 | Oregon

Earlier this week we hosted our 2019 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference with over 350 attendees from across the silos of heath care to cover some of the most complex issues in health care policy and reform. Check out what you missed, and hopefully we’ll see you next...[ Read More ]

Texas Breaks Ground on Construction at Rusk State Hospital

| Nov 13, 2019 | Texas

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, along with state and local officials, today broke ground on a $200 million construction project at Rusk State Hospital. “Every day we care for the most vulnerable Texans and this new facility will provide an even more supportive environment...[ Read More ]

Topical Agenda for the 2020 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference now available!

Michael Goldberg | Nov 13, 2019 | Washington

The Topical Agenda for our 2020 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Seattle on January 9th is now available! Our agenda is built with input from stakeholders across all silos in the Oregon health care system. We’ll explore the politics of reforming health care, focus on key health...[ Read More ]

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Arizona To Serve AHCCCS-Eligible Arizonans With Purchase Of Steward Health Choice Arizona

| Nov 13, 2019 | Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) plans to acquire Steward Health Choice Arizona from Steward Health Care System LLC, including the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Complete Care plan and the “Generations” Medicare health plan for dual-eligible special needs members. The acquisition will give BCBSAZ the capability...[ Read More ]

TMC survey shows physician shortage not as bad as previously predicted

Emily Viles | Nov 13, 2019 | Texas

The Texas Medical Center recently released their 2019 national survey from physicians and consumers. The survey provides insight into the public’s attitude about a number of hot button issues in health care.  The most recent survey, now in its 5th year, focuses on topics like the cost of health care,...[ Read More ]

One- third of reproductive age women have health conditions that may complicate pregnancy

| Nov 12, 2019 | Utah

One in three women of reproductive age have at least one chronic condition that could compromise their health or lead to adverse outcomes during pregnancy, according to University of Utah Health scientists. Yet few of these women are using the most effective forms of contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancies. The researchers say...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Billy Wynne, Wynne Health Group

Emily Viles | Nov 12, 2019 | Colorado

One thing that I've been working on is trying to evaluate the difference between having multiple carriers participate in the state coverage option program which is what the state proposed, versus having just one carrier offer one plan in each of the different metal tiers or you know actuarial value...[ Read More ]

October HEDIS report shows results variable by domain

Emily Viles | Nov 12, 2019 | Colorado

The most recent HEDIS report from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing shows that Colorado Medicaid’s weighted averages indicate low program performance statewide compared to national standards.  HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) is a set of standardized performance measures designed to ensure that purchasers and...[ Read More ]

OHA reassigns Oregon Health Plan members in 5 counties to new coordinated care organizations for 2020 to preserve access to care

| Nov 11, 2019 | Oregon

Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members in 5 counties will be reassigned to different coordinated care organizations (CCOs), when new contracts for Medicaid health plans begin on January 1, 2020. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is moving members because the CCOs to which some OHP members were originally assigned (or members had chosen...[ Read More ]

L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan set to open their first jointly operated community resource center

| Nov 11, 2019 | California

L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan [Wednesday] invited community leaders to their first jointly operated Community Resource Center for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new center, which will open to the public early next month, is part of the $146 million commitment announced in...[ Read More ]

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