The pace slowed compared to the previous two years as demand for drugs, hospital care and physician services weakened.
The analysis from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) showed a shift from the...Arizona News
Legislative authorization would allow dental therapists to perform basic dental work, such as filling cavities.
The Arizona Dental Association opposed the idea this year and last year. Recently the Arizona Legislature's Health Committee of Reference voted 5-4 in favor of allowing the Arizona Legislature to consider a bill to allow...Arizona News
Commercial real estate developers, construction industry and financing institutions all have a stake in the outcome.
When the Affordable Care Act was initially enacted many Arizonans who had not had health insurance received access to care through insurance outside of emergency rooms for the first time in their lives.
Due to...Arizona News
Attend a free public preview of Banner — University Medicine North.
The Arizona Daily Star reports the three-floor Banner – University Medicine North occupies 13 acres at 3838 N. Campbell Ave., just east of the cancer center. The clinic, which officially opens Dec. 28, was designed to replace a multitude of cramped and aging...Arizona News
New hospital in Ireland may confuse patients, jeopardizing health.
Under construction in Dublin, "Phoenix Children's Hospital Ireland," was named after the mythical bird symbolizing renewal, hope and optimism. It will combine three medical centers into one national children's hospital when it opens in 2022.
After unsuccessfully...Arizona Comings & Goings
Snyder brings 20 years of public and private sector health care experience to her new role.
She has been serving as the Medicaid director for the state of Texas in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, overseeing a $29 billion program serving 4.7 million people. At AHCCCS she will oversee daily administrative and program...National News
The move creates the largest non-profit health system in the nation.
The agreement announced today creates a system across 28 states that includes more than 700 care sites, 139 hospitals with approximately 159,000 employees plus 25,000 physicians and specialists.
Retaining their leadership positions is Kevin E. Lofton, chief...National News
DaVita is one of the largest doctor groups in the nation.
The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and was entered into on December 5, 2017.
UnitedHealth's Optum health-services division has been gobbling up physician practices and this recent agreement comes on the heals of Rx giant CVS Health's $69 billion deal to buy...National News
Prescription drug spending is a billion dollar expense for insurers and self-insured employers.
Allying with a pharmacy benefit manager may be tempting when looking at discounts, annual drug savings, promotion of generic drugs and cheaper prescription alternatives. They can also help payers facilitate enhanced care delivery....Arizona News
The AHCCCS insurer manages the care for 156,000 Medicaid patients and expects the agreement will expand its provider network, enhance services and better meet the care needs of its culturally diverse members.
Using Equality Health's proprietary CareEmpower platform to manage patient health information and a network of doctors trained...National News
Without Congressional action, Medicare beneficiaries will face a cap of $2,010 for PT and speech therapy services as of January 1, 2018.
Earlier this year, a bi-partisan group of legislators introduced the “Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act” (H.R. 807/S.253), a bill that would permanently repeal the Medicare...National News
The Health Care Transformation Task Force examined ACOs in Medicare programs to find scalable and generally applicable strategies for success reducing costs and improving care quality.
Creating a high-value culture, engaging in proactive population health management, and implementing an infrastructure that promotes continuous...National News
Payer-pharmaceutical alliances may be powerful if the right partners are involved.
The CVS-Aetna deal creates the first health-care triple threat, combining CVS' pharmacy and pharmacy benefits manager platform with Aetna's insurance business. The threat to pharmacies-or those that own them-is the way in which the two will leverage...Arizona News
Health Current, Arizona's health information exchange, has awarded its 2017 "Health IT Awards".
The Health IT Awards recognize an individual and an organization that has demonstrated leadership in advancing health IT and made a significant, positive impact on their local communities.
The Health Current 2017 Health IT Awards...National News
The Senate version touched on many issues besides taxes.
The Senate tax bill must still be reconciled with House legislation that does not include the mandate’s repeal. But that is unlikely to be a major issue, given support in the GOP conference for repealing the mandate.
No Democrats in either chamber voted for the GOP tax...News
Both companies tout merger as integrating to further empower consumers.
Aetna shareholders will get $145.00 per share in cash and .8378 CVS shares for each Aetna share. This values the Aetna shares at $207 per share and approximates that Aetna value at $69B. Aetna has about $8B in debt, making the entire transaction $77B. The...Arizona Comings & Goings
Summit Health Management: Keith Dines is now senior strategic advisor, Blue Beckham is now the VP of business development and network management, and Trina Foster is now director of operations.National News
AAA says repealing the mandate could raise premiums, cause insurers to become insolvent or leave the market altogether. The American Academy of Actuaries, whose tagline is Objective. Independent. Effective. wrote a letter to Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader and Chuck Schumer, Senate minority leader, to share the potential adverse...National News
Senators voted 52-48 to take up the House-passed legislation, which is being used as a vehicle for the Senate bill.
The party-line vote was an important victory for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump. But it was not a guarantee of ultimate success, as several Republican lawmakers agreed to open debate on the bill so...National News
Shorter open enrollment period, much less outreach funding, less convenient online access all lead to dire predictions.
In spite of surveys indicating 30 percent of Americans were unaware of the open enrollment for the ACA market place record numbers of people are signing up.
Through the first 18 days, nearly 2.3 million people...National News
The report concludes that the VA provided inadequate oversight and calls into question the extent to which VA medical centers are held accountable for ensuring that veterans receive safe, high quality care.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center (VAMC) officials are responsible for reviewing the clinical care delivered...Arizona News
Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy offers the sixth annual dental event Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9
At Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, organizers hope to help about 2,000 people — both adults and children. The help is free — first come, first served — and no identification or other documentation is...National News
The plan designs were touted as promoting price shopping and cost discussions with doctors.
A study published in Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine, based on a national poll of 1,637 adults under age 65 who had High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) for at least a year, provides new insight into the behavior of...