Arizona is bracing for the impact of climbing positive rates all over the country, with ADHS encouraging Arizona residents to stay the course in order to keep cases from drastically increasing.
On date of publication, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 data dashboard, there were 1,044 new cases reported...Arizona News
Window shopping is available on HealthCare.gov before the 2021 Open Enrollment Period (OEP) starts November 1, but those with qualifying events, including a recent job loss, can enroll now for 2020 coverage.
Next year's proposed rate changes range from a decrease of about 7% to an increase of about 9% as more Arizonan's are expected...Arizona News
Arizona might not be experiencing the national so-called “second wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic, but hospitals are certainly bracing themselves for the possibility that cases could rise again. Many hospitals nationwide are struggling to grapple with the effects of the second wave, as funding and financial relief from Washington also...Arizona News
As the highly anticipated presidential election fast approaches, the campaigns are working overtime to tout their contrasting positions on a variety of important healthcare issues.
As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise across the country, no topic is more pressing than the pandemic. According to an NPR analysis relying on...Arizona News
On Oct. 20, CMS approved a waiver that allows adult Medicaid beneficiaries in Nebraska to receive additional benefits, including vision and dental, if they participate in work requirements. The program is set to go into effect in April 2021.
Nebraska’s new Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration called “Heritage Health Adult" is...CMS Rules
Value-based care continues to be a focus in the news this week, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma penned an op-ed in Modern Healthcare about the Centers’ support for models driven by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. These programs have on the whole lost more money than they’ve...National News
Amy Coney Barrett was sworn into the Supreme Court this week, bringing the total number of Trump appointees to three and the total number of “conservative” justices on the Supreme Court to six. This means that it’s a very good time to recall that the case California v. Texas is currently under review by the court.
In this case,...Arizona News
On Oct. 20 Healthgrades published its 2021 Specialty Excellence Awards, including the top hospitals for neurosciences, spine surgery and cardiac care.
Healthgrades 2021 report to the nation evaluates the risks associated with outcomes in elective care and shows why consumers should research hospital quality to make informed...National News
The federal agency retracted the September change it made to the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting rules after being warned by hospitals and lawmakers that some providers might have to return payments.
According to a recent HHS announcement, the agency amended the reporting instructions on October 22 to allow hospitals to...Arizona News
After nearly 25 years in Sedona, Northern Arizona Healthcare is committed to operating the ER in the Northern Arizona city for at least five more years.
After receiving feedback from community stakeholders the healthcare system said it will periodically review its operations, but for now, it also has plans to develop a breast cancer...Arizona News
HonorHealth's Chief Transformational Officer earned the award for outstanding record of digital transformation at HonorHealth and in the state of Arizona, in addition to his efforts and impact during the COVID‐19 pandemic.
The awards were presented at the 2020 Health Current Virtual Summit & Trade Show on October 14, 2020...Arizona News
It was a nail biter, but late last week UnitedHealthcare finally confirmed it would be offering individual and family plans in Maricopa County during the upcoming open enrollment on HealthCare.gov beginning November 1.
UnitedHealthcare is already a major local market force with nearly 1.7 million Arizona members across commercial,...Arizona News
The infection rate in Arizona is steadily on the upswing across the state. At time of publication the number of new cases reported for Oct. 21 are 975, bringing the state total to 233,912. There were 17 new deaths reported today, the total is now 5,854. Deaths reported today will be retroactively reassigned to date of death. With 10,720...National News
In a study sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) released this week, Remdesivir was not shown to reduce deaths or hospital stays. Remdesivir is the only antiviral drug authorized for the treatment of COVID-19 and was granted emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration May 1.
A trial by the National...Arizona News
Last week, the American Medical Association released the 19th iteration of its recurring report on health insurance in the U.S., revealing dwindling competition among insurers across the country.
The report found that 74% of American health care markets are highly concentrated, meaning they are largely dominated by a small...Arizona News
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, authorized under the Affordable Care Act, is tasked with compiling new models of care and payment in order to streamline and improve methods of reimbursement and tighten spending for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. There are many who believe in the potential of value-based...Arizona News
On Oct. 12, Phoenix-based Abrazo Health opened a hospital in Surprise, Arizona. The Abrazo Surprise Hospital has a 13-bed emergency department, eight inpatient rooms, one operating room, ultrasound, x-ray, CT scan, laboratory and pharmacy.
The neighborhood hospital provides 24/7 emergency care and surgical services, with inpatient...Arizona News
Devoted Health, run locally by longtime Arizona healthcare faces, Keith Dines, Rick Rock and Brian Riveland, MD is offering 2021 HMO products in Maricopa County while Banner Health offers both HMO and PPO products in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties.
As Medicare Advantage annual enrollment continues through Dec. 7, Arizona's Medicare...Arizona News
This week the Trump Administration announced that laboratories performing COVID-19 testing that take longer than two days to process results will have payments cut $25 per test beginning January 1. This follows the backlog of tests in Arizona in July and August after the state’s largest COVID-19 spike to date.
Back in August, THR...Arizona News
Last week CMS said it has taken steps to advance a package of state-led reforms that could result in thousands of uninsured Georgians gaining access to coverage. Specifically, CMS announced the approval of Georgia's new Medicaid section 1115 demonstration called "Pathways to Coverage."
CMS began implementing work requirements for...
Last week, Arizona Department of Health Services director, Dr. Cara Christ explained some discrepancies in data reporting and said that there was “no end in sight” for the emergency declarations. Cases at universities in general are down, save for a rise in cases at Grand Canyon University. But on the bright side, a report from the...
Insurance giant UnitedHealth revealed its policy recommendation package “The Path Forward To A Next-Generation Health System” last week, a reform proposal that states could use via the Affordable Care Act’s waiver authority to move low-income exchange enrollees into a Medicaid buy-in program.
In Arizona, UnitedHealthcare covers...
This week, while cases of COVID-19 are generally up across the country, efforts to improve access to testing and create a vaccine are moving forward. According to government officials, Operation Warp Speed is supposedly on track for 700 million doses of a vaccine while companies report difficulties continuing trials.
In Dr. Gerald’s...
Beginning January 1, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will use American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) registry-reported data as part of its new Alternate Quality Measures Set—demonstrating a shared interest in promoting value-based care and ensuring that payment models for musculoskeletal care can...