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Coalition forms to oppose potential long-term care budget cuts in Washington State

Michael Goldberg | Jul 1, 2020 | Washington

A group of Long-Term Care advocates in Washington State have formed a coalition in response to potential budget cuts to services utilized by senior citizens and people with disabilities. The coalition — which includes AARP, SEIU 775, Washington Health Care Association, Casa Latina, and several other organizations — formed after...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Budget bill, 5 Slides video, Steve Robertson

| Jul 1, 2020 | Hawaii

Welcome to the second half of 2020! I appreciate very much your taking the time to read our stuff, to hear from our guests, and to forward this newsletter to other folks you think might want to subscribe. Our broader ohana in Hawaii, made up of everyone of you that follows...[ Read More ]

Inland Empire Health Plan releases year one results from Health Homes Program

Emily Boerger | Jul 1, 2020 | California

In June, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) released the year one results for its Health Homes Program (HHP). The HHP, which provides integrated care management for the plan’s most vulnerable members, saw improvements in both utilization and outcomes during its first year. IEHP’s program launched on January 1, 2019, for...[ Read More ]

Health care funding in California’s new budget

Emily Boerger | Jul 1, 2020 | California

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the 2020 Budget Act on Monday, approving a $202.1 billion spending plan agreement reached with lawmakers last week. The new budget strays from Newsom’s May Revise proposal which relied on a series of cuts to health care and safety net programs in response to the expected...[ Read More ]

Contact tracing remains inadequate in most states

| Jun 30, 2020 | Federal

At this point in the unfolding coronavirus crisis, political leaders have been on notice for months that effective contact tracing will be critical to minimizing harm to human health and the national economy. With a vaccine or an effective therapeutic still months away, federal and state authorities must rely on...[ Read More ]

Intermountain Healthcare Participating in Patient ID Now Coalition to Develop Nationwide Patient Identification Strategy

| Jun 30, 2020 | Utah

Six leading healthcare organizations have announced the formation of a national coalition called Patient ID Now, which is committed to addressing the issue of patient identification by advocating for legislation and regulations. The founding members of Patient ID Now are the American College of Surgeons, the American Health Information Management...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Steve Robertson, Hawaii Pacific Health

Emily Boerger | Jun 30, 2020 | Hawaii

Steve Robertson is the Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Revenue Management and IT, at Hawaii Pacific Health. He joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss tech innovations in health care, particularly highlighting voice-enabled technologies, artificial intelligence, and genomics.     “We spent the last...[ Read More ]

Legislative subcommittee holds meeting on COVID-19 impacts on behavioral health

Emily Boerger | Jun 30, 2020 | Washington

The Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee held a meeting Monday morning to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on behavioral health in Washington State. During the meeting, the committee heard from multiple panels on a range of topics including the state’s response, COVID’s impact on behavioral health clients and providers,...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching - Karim Kaissi

Michael Goldberg | Jun 30, 2020 | Texas

Karim Kaissi, FACHE, is the President of the Central US region at CareMore Health and Aspire at Anthem, Inc. He joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss bridging silos in health care     So there's a lot of dysfunction in health care, it's a fragmented...[ Read More ]

Update on the Alaska Healthcare Transformation Project

| Jun 29, 2020 | Alaska

Sandra Heffern is the project coordinator for the Alaska Healthcare Transformation Project. She provided the following project update in an emailed statement:     I hope this finds you all healthy, safe and managing this time of pandemic as best you can.  On behalf of the Project Management Committee I...[ Read More ]

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