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The deaths of residents in a Florida nursing home without air conditioning reminds us how critical facilities are for the vulnerable.
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Visit all homes you are considering,...National News
With just a few days left, the focus is on passing Cassidy-Graham.
President Trump and Vice President Pence have been making calls to senators and governors in a furious effort to gain support for a last-ditch Affordable Care Act repeal bill. Read about the efforts on The Hill.
Senate Republicans expressed growing hope Monday for...National News
Senate Health Committee chairman Alexander on Tuesday released a statement ending a bipartisan effort to find an Affordable Care Act fix.
"During the last month, we have worked hard and in good faith, but have not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats to put a bill in the Senate leaders’ hands that could be...National News
Get the skinny on the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and how to recognize the opportunities and threats it provides to future provider revenue.
After nine months into MACRA's first performance year, many physicians in the valley are being rated for quality (60%), advancing care information (25%) and improvement...Arizona News
The Lois Grunow Memorial Clinic on East McDowell Road in the Coronado District was sold by PacVentures, which intends to re-tenant the two-story medical office building.
The center was built in 1931 in memory of Lois Grunow, a child who died from a ruptured appendix.
Its interior showcases memorial plaques honoring doctors who...Arizona News
Transaction represents national consolidation in the radiology market as the largest Arizona radiology firm joins the largest national firm.
Southwest Diagnostic Imaging, Ltd. (SDI) began in 2004 with the merger of Scottsdale Medical Imaging and Valley Radiologists. In 2014, the business expanded its market footprint in Arizona when...Arizona News
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) offered his support today.
This is important. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was a key "no" vote in the last unsuccessful Senate Repeal and Replace vote.
Sen. McCain has said that Ducey’s position would be an important factor in how he votes. Every vote is critical to reach the magic 50 needed to...Arizona News
Johns Hopkins study transported blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert.
"We expect that in many cases, drone transport will be the quickest, safest and most efficient option to deliver some biological samples to a laboratory from rural or urban settings," Timothy Amukele, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology at...National News
The monumental administrative task seeks to fight identity theft and fraud.
Until now, Medicare used people's Social Security numbers. But Congress in 2015 passed a law requiring the agency to change that as a way to protect seniors from identity theft. The new identifiers will be a randomly generated sequence of 11 numbers and...National News
5.9 hours of an 11.4 hour work day were consumed by work in the EHR.
The University of Wisconsin study was published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Almost half of their total EHR time per day (44%) was devoted to clerical tasks, and an additional 84 minutes per day (24%) was spent managing the inbox. They also found that...Arizona News
The partners have become joint owners in a surgery center in Glendale.
They will offer a variety of outpatient surgery services, specializing in orthopedic surgery, including knee replacement, sports medicine procedures, spine and pain management, foot and ankle surgery and other orthopedic surgical specialties. Core doctors will...News
Seven founding practices representing 51 providers will form new single Tax-ID multispecialty group and engage Summit Health Management for administrative support.For 2018, providers will remain in the Optum Next Generation ACO. In 2019 and beyond more changes are likely. The current management team for Arizona Primary Care...National News
Graham says that without repeal and replacement of the ACA, Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) bid for a single payor system, "Medicare for All", is inevitable.
Dubbed federalism of healthcare, the 141 page plan includes block grants for states to create their own insurance markets. “We need people onboard now to stop what I believe is...National News
"Today is an historic day. Along with 14 co-sponsors, I was proud to introduce Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care legislation in the U.S. Senate."
Sanders has long been an advocate to the fundamental change in healthcare financing. Along the way, other Democratic senators have joined in. Here is a quote from his...National News
Nearly 90 percent of children in CHIP are in families with annual incomes below twice the poverty level (about $49,000 for a family of four).
The current appropriation runs out at the end of this month, and many states will exhaust their allotments of federal money later this year or early next year. The agreement that extends...National News
Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer subsidiary that manufacturers EpiPen's for Mylan, is cited for failing to adequately investigate complaints about the auto-injectors' efficacy,
The Food and Drug Administration sent the manufacturer a warning letter last week, noting Meridian received 171 complaints between 2014 and 2017 about...National News
Cedars-Sinai study found little correlation between the doctors’ performance scores and how their patients assessed them on the websites.
The study, published online Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, compared measures developed by Cedars-Sinai with users’ ratings on five sites: Healthgrades,...Arizona News
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved the revenue bond issue Sept. 6.
The two projects are part of Banner's nearly $1 billion investment in clinics and new teaching-hospital towers in Tucson and Phoenix, and offices for managers and department leaders at the Tucson hospital tower.
$325 million will finance the cost of a...National News
Five governors, Republicans and Democrats, testified before the Senate HELP committee Thursday.
The testimony of the governors of Massachusetts, Montana, Utah, Tennessee and Colorado came during the second of four hearings aimed at sketching out the policy options Congress has before 2018 insurance rates are finalized at the end of...National News
Surveys of DACA beneficiaries show that roughly one-fifth of them work in the health care and educational sector.
That suggests a potential loss of tens of thousands of workers from in-demand job categories like home health aide and nursing assistant.
At the same time, projections by the government and advocacy groups show that the...
The first of four hearings seeking perspective and advice from outside the Beltway was held today.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said at the beginning of the hearing he hoped to reach consensus on “a small, bipartisan, stabilization bill” by the end of next...
Taking advantage of discharge planning functionality with an integrated and existing EMR plays a critical part in streamlining and standardizing patient transitions.
This white paper discusses patient handoffs and what a good discharge looks like.
In this white paper, Ensocare discusses several specific areas where technology can...
Senate parlimentarian determines how "reconciliation" rules apply and has declared September 30 as the end date.
The ruling by Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough is likely the final nail in the coffin for repeal and replace. It means Republicans would have to revive the effort and wrap it up in just a few weeks. Congress returns...
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The Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is cutting the advertising budget for the upcoming open enrollment period for individual insurance policies by 90%, to $10 million from last year’s $100 million. The HHS also is cutting funds for nonprofit groups that employ...
A new direction may surface in the Affordable Care Act debates.
There may be three sources of energy after the stalled Senate "Repeal & Replace" activity. Two members of the Senate HELP Committee, the House-based Problem Solvers Caucus and governors led by Kasich and Hickenlooper.
We will see how it all plays out as Congress...