On Wednesday, Arizona reported 433 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 885,042 since recording cases began. There were two new deaths, creating a pandemic total to date of 17,715. Nearly half (47.5%) of eligible Arizonans are now fully vaccinated and 42.8% of Americans nationwide. Intensive care unit beds in Arizona are 9%...
Last week, HHS announced that a record 31 million Americans have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. That number accounts for those with ACA Marketplace plans and those who are covered as a result of Medicaid expansion.
HHS also pointed out that the uninsured rate has declined in every state since the ACA was put...
According to the Harvard Business Review, the fastest-growing states - including Texas, Florida, and Georgia, consistently rank last when it comes to health and health care.
The reasons for this include:
States have large numbers of uninsured adults
High levels of premature death from treatable conditions
Less investment...National News
According to a new study, Medicare Advantage enrollment has doubled since 2010 and outperforms Traditional Medicare in most metrics. Black people and dually-eligible beneficiaries are also outpacing the growth of white people and non-dual eligibles in Medicare Advantage enrollment. In other news, stakeholders are requesting that the...News
The Biden administration is looking into making more payment models offered through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) mandatory in the future as it moves forward on value-based care coverage.
Over the past 10 years, CMMI has tested 54 models and only five have been shown to produce effective cost savings for the...National News
Last Monday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a breakthrough new treatment for Alzheimer's disease. The treatment is the first of its kind in decades but many in the scientific community remain skeptical of the new drug's effectiveness.
Aduhelm -- the brand name of aducanumab -- is designed to eliminate clumps of a toxic...Arizona News
The nation's largest health insurer by membership announced a new policy to deter patients from seeking care in hospital emergency departments. UnitedHealthcare announced the change would take effect on July 1, and it would evaluate emergency room claims using "a number of factors" to determine whether or not the issue was truly an...Arizona News
Effective on June 1, CBIZ, a leading provider of financial, insurance and advisory services, announced it acquired Schramm Health Partners (Optumas) in Arizona.
Optumas specializes in providing actuarial services to state government healthcare agencies to help with the administration of Medicaid programs. Founded 15 years ago,...Arizona News
Jewish Family & Children’s Service announced the opening of the JFCS West Valley Healthcare Center, located at 1840 N. 95th Avenue, Suite 160 in Phoenix.
There is a great need to provide integrated healthcare to underserved communities across the Valley, and JFCS has completed its plan to open four integrated healthcare centers...National News
The Biden administration has spent the first five months in office reviewing value-based care reimbursement programs authorized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and hospice providers, both integral parts of the Medicare program, still await instruction or expansion of...National News
Last Friday, President Joe Biden revealed his $6 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2022. As anticipated, the president focuses on infrastructure, but unlike his predecessors includes big increases in health care spending as part of that infrastructure.
Most notably, the proposal includes a 23% increase for the U.S. Department...National News
Last week, Senator Patty Murray (D., Wash.) and Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D., N.J.) released a letter asking for stakeholder input on a potential federal public health insurance option, commonly known as the public option. The request comes just as President Joe Biden unveiled his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022 in which he...National News
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a nightmare for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). And while it has improved things dramatically, the vaccine has been far from a panacea for these facilities—and their employees, occupants, and occupants' family members.
COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes have slowed...Open
There were 915 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Arizona on Wednesday and 20 new COVID-19 related deaths. The total number of deaths is now 17,648. Nine percent of intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients statewide and 18% of ICU beds are available. 46.5% of eligible Arizonans have received at least one dose of the...
With business in Arizona, Oregon, Nevada and California, a definitive agreement could result in P3 becoming a publicly listed company. Upon closing of the transaction, the company is expected to remain listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market.
Sherif Abdou, CEO of P3 Health Partners, said:
Today marks an important milestone in our...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule last Wednesday that delays the implementation of a Trump-era rule which would incentivize the use of value-based drug pricing agreements for the Medicaid program. The original version of the regulation was finalized in December 2021, but the Biden...Arizona News
This past week, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) announced two policy modifications that will effect both patients and participating providers.
Referring, Ordering, Prescribing, Attending (ROPA) requires that all healthcare providers who refer members for items or services, order non-physician services,...National News
Last week the Department of Justice announced criminal charges against 14 defendants in seven federal districts across the country for allegedly participating in various healthcare fraud schemes that exploited the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in over $143 million in false billings before being blocked.
As well a the DOJ, the...Arizona News
In May, 35 hospitals and healthcare organizations reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights that nearly 2.7 million people were affected by data breaches.
The medical industry is a huge target for ransomware scams and hacking. Massive amounts of patient health information create an...
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) announced that 33 hospitals have joined in a statewide collaborative to protect moms before, during and after labor and delivery. The goal of the collaborative is to reduce severe maternal morbidity related to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy by 20% within 18 months. The Alliance...
The collaboration between Benson Hospital Partners and Concert Health gives patients in Southeastern Arizona access to high-quality behavioral health support through primary care.
Benson Hospital, a critical access hospital that operates rural health clinics in Southern Arizona, announced a partnership with Concert Health, a...Arizona News
On June 1, Northern Cochise Community Hospital joined TMC HealthCare, which will bring additional medical resources and stability to southeastern Arizona.
Steve Metts, chairman of the Northern Cochise Community Hospital Board of Directors, said,
Living in a rural area, access to health care can often be a challenge. Northern Cochise...Arizona News
For its 2021 bond sale, Valleywise Health has received some of the highest ratings awarded by Moody’s Investment Services and Fitch, two national credit rating agencies.
Moody’s assigned an “Aa3” rating and Fitch an “AA-“ rating to the healthcare district’s general obligation bonds that were approved by Maricopa County...Arizona News
HonorHealth has announced the opening of the Bob Bové Neuroscience Institute, the newest comprehensive neuroscience center at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center.
The $44 million institute features five stories and 120,000 square-feet of space - which includes a bio skills lab, a conference center, a 32-chair infusion suite,...