This month’s edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” includes a run-down of bills we’re watching in the legislature, additional coverage from our conference, and a conversation with Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. State-based exchange, lead poisoning bills considered in legislature The Michigan Legislature … Read more

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is working on efforts to build out alternative payment models (APMs) to move away from fee-for-service in Michigan. They are aiming to shift monetary incentives to a “global” or per-person payment structure.  At our 2022 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference, Phillip Bergquist, CEO of MPCA, discussed his … Read more

Heading into 2022, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) plans to focus on addressing health equity concerns and implementing information technology (IT) services in clinics that allow for “holistic” care and more time spent with patients, says new MPCA CEO Phillip Bergquist.      Bergquist became the new MPCA CEO in early November and was … Read more

Over the last few months, Patrick Jones has been doing great work leading our reporting of health reform and health policy in Michigan. He is part of a seven-member news room at State of Reform, led by our managing editor, Emily Boerger. It’s a strong team I’m very honored to be a part of. We … Read more

Phillip Bergquist is the chief operating officer at the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) and leads MPCA’s engagement with state and federal legislation.  In this Q&A, Bergquist highlights MPCA’s priorities in the upcoming FY 2022 health and human services budget and their support of a new payment approach and behavioral health integration.      Patrick … Read more