Health and Human Services Region 5 Director Michael Cabonargi discussed the challenges rural hospitals face at the 2023 Illinois State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  About 140 hospitals in the region—which is based in Chicago, and serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin—closed or ceased providing direct care from 2010-2018, Cabonargi said. Those numbers … Read more

We closed out the 2023 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month with remarks from CDR. Matthew C. Johns, Regional Health Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in Region 9. Johns discussed health policy movement on the federal level and … Read more

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference last week! It was an exciting day filled with insightful presentations and engaging conversations. In this edition of “5 Things We’re Watching,” we feature keynote videos from the conference, coverage of our panel conversation on … Read more

In this month’s newsletter we feature a conversation on rural health care with ORPRN’s Dr. Melinda Davis, a video on federal health policy from HHS Regional Director (Region 10) Ingrid Ulrey, and details on Oregon’s recently-approved Medicaid mobile crisis services program. We also have a couple of updates on our upcoming 2022 Oregon State of … Read more

Texas’s trigger law banning most abortions even in cases of rape and incest officially took effect on Thursday. Texas’s trigger law now imposes criminal and civil penalties and professional discipline on abortion providers who violate the law—risking second-degree felony charges and a fine of at least $100,000.      The law, which was passed during … Read more

Program awarded for innovation in improving equity in postpartum care Parkland Health’s extending Maternal Care After Pregnancy (eMCAP) program was nationally recognized by winning the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge, a national competition launched by the HHS Office on Women’s Health and the Centers for Medicare and … Read more

CHRISTUS Spohn Health System sent out notifications this week to patients whose personal health information may have been breached after a sample of data allegedly stolen from its network was posted on the AvosLocker dark web leak site.      The data included patients’ names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, diagnoses, and other medical … Read more

A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Women’s Health aims to use in-patient data to address maternal and infant mortality. The HHS Perinatal Improvement Collaborative includes over 200 hospitals across the U.S., including some of Virginia’s most renowned health systems — University of Virginia (UVA) Health, Bon … Read more

California will receive nearly $19.3 million in federal funding for improving maternal and child health outcomes, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday. The financial support is part of a $350 million HHS initiative aimed at strengthening the outcomes of maternal and child health across the nation. HHS Secretary Xavier … Read more

Six Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act (NHHCIA) award recipients across the state received $20 million from the Biden Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced last week.      The funding, which will last through July 2023, will focus on bolstering COVID response efforts for Native Hawaiians, as well as enhancing health care … Read more