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Creating a disaster-proof hospital

| Nov 22, 2016 | Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Texas, Washington

Zika increases risk of auto-immune disease

| Oct 7, 2016 | Texas

As surveillance of potential Zika cases is escalating in parts of Texas, an interesting new study reveals the risk of the mosquito-borne illness: an increased risk of the otherwise rare auto-immune disease: The strongest evidence yet that infection with the Zika virus can lead to the later development of Guillain-Barré...[ Read More ]

Attention on opioid abuse in Louisiana -- and nationally -- escalates

| Oct 3, 2016

A year ago, you could listen to leaders in the health care system talk about key issues in their field and you'd hear some similar themes, with nary a mention of opioid abuse. The challenges of adapting to a post-ACA world, especially insurers adapting to a roller coaster of an...[ Read More ]

Medicaid expansion, Zika...how about some opioids too?

| Sep 22, 2016

Louisiana has a number of hot topics in health policy on its proverbial plate now, including Medicaid expansion and the risk of Zika. Next on the watch list: opioids and their abuse. Dr. SreRam Kuy, Chief Medical Officer for Louisiana Medicaid, was recently interviewed by Mostly Medicaid. She cited the need...[ Read More ]

What you missed: 2016 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference

DJ Wilson | Sep 19, 2016 | Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Texas, Washington

Last week, we wrapped up our first big event of the season - our 2016 Inland NW State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  You can review the Topical Agenda here for a sense of the content, speakers and dynamics of the event. This week, we hold two Convening Panel meetings...[ Read More ]

Treating Zika not an easy fix

| Sep 7, 2016 | Texas

There is a dual track of news about Zika emerging: the challenge of a shortage of treatments and vaccines to address the disease even as public health awareness and concerns are growing. One example of the concern is concentrations of mosquitoes that can carry Zika are ample in central Texas:...[ Read More ]

Louisiana Medicaid expansion indicates big coverage gains

| Sep 2, 2016

Medicaid expansion might still be controversial in some circles, with 19 states not participating in the program, but the impacts for health care coverage appear significant as expansion is implemented in Louisiana. A troublingly high 20% of the state's population was without health care coverage prior to Medicaid expansion. That metric...[ Read More ]