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5 Things Washington: Health in the budget, Health policy recap, Cost of care

| Mar 10, 2022 | Washington

Today marks the final day of the 2022 legislative session. Despite it being a short session, lawmakers were able to pass several pieces of meaningful health-related legislation. In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," we look back at the session through a deep dive into health funding in the...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Sheree Paloutzian, Quest Diagnostics

| Feb 2, 2022 | California

Sheree Paloutzian, Ph.D., senior director of health plans and payer markets in the west region for Quest Diagnostics, says her organization is primarily focused on reducing the cost of health care. In this edition of "What They're Watching," Paloutzian explains that Quest is working with health plans to implement value-based...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Kristof Stremikis, California Health Care Foundation

| Jan 18, 2022 | California

For Kristof Stremikis, director of market analysis and insight at California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), lowering the cost of health care is top-of-mind heading into 2022. The increasing costs of health services, he said, are causing many Californians to defer their care—which is likely to have damaging impacts on the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Legislative leadership, Rx policy, Cost of care

| Dec 30, 2021 | Washington

We are one week out from our 2022 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference. The conference will feature 4 keynotes, 20 breakout sessions, and close to 80 curated speakers who will talk through some of the most pressing and impactful issues facing Washington's health care system. In light of increasing infections due to the...[ Read More ]

The status of federal price transparency requirements

| Dec 28, 2021 | Federal

The health sector has long resisted revealing the prices it charges payers and consumers, but bipartisan pressure from Washington is forcing it to change. New rules are beginning to take effect, or will in the coming years, which will push into the public domain a flood of pricing data. The...[ Read More ]

5 Things Virginia: Public comments on reinsurance waiver, Paid family & medical leave bill, Cost efficiency

| Nov 17, 2021

With the Thanksgiving holiday next week, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you on behalf of the entire State of Reform team for your continued support. Whether it's through attending our conferences, reading our coverage of health care and health policy in Virginia, or sponsoring our events,...[ Read More ]