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As most native Clevelanders know, this city has a lot to offer. Chief among Northeast Ohio’s many gems is our world-renowned healthcare. And from my perspective – that of a native who has witnessed our ups and downs through the years (see “Cleveland Browns”) - our healthcare institutions have always been the one thing that has made our region shine. As director of government affairs at The Center for Health Affairs, every day I’m afforded the opportunity to work with our region’s hospitals on some of the community’s most pressing health issues. What keeps my work interesting is that it is constantly changing, which is why I’ll be providing up-to-date posts on what’s happening here @NEOHospitals. When I’m not immersed in this stuff, I’m usually traveling, hiking with my pup Jazzy, making homemade pizza, or relaxing around a bonfire out back. If you’re interested in the work we do, I hope you’ll give us a follow. Any questions or comments, feel free to shoot me a note via Twitter or email.

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Video Introduces Partnership to Address Opioid Epidemic

9/1/2017  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted By Tony Gutowski

The establishment of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium is the result of years of work by community leaders and hospitals to reduce the widespread effect of the heroin and opioid epidemic in Northeast Ohio.

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Ohio Budget Bill Clears Senate Vote, Heads to Conference Committee

6/22/2017  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted By Tony Gutowski

With just eight short days until Governor Kasich signs the SFY 18 – 19 Ohio budget into law, members of the Ohio General Assembly are headed to Conference Committee to hammer out the details of the deal.

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Balancing Ohio’s Budget: Declining Revenues, Greater Oversight of Medicaid

5/10/2017  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted By Tony Gutowski

On Tuesday, the Ohio House approved a nearly $64 billion two-year spending plan for the state. The proposal from the Ohio House, which now heads over to the Senate, was met with robust debate from members on both sides stressing the importance of balancing Ohio’s budget and bracing for what has continued to be a disappointing year for Ohio’s tax receipts.

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21st Century Cures: A Golden Opportunity for Northeast Ohio

3/31/2017  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted By Tony Gutowski

In late 2016, Congress passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act (referred to as “Cures”). Embedded within the $6.3 billion package is $970 million earmarked to combat the prescription opioid and heroin crisis through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Repeal and Replace - Potential Path and Implications

1/13/2017  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted By Tony Gutowski

One of the campaign promises President-elect Trump made to his supporters was to ask Congress to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on his first day in office.

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