Over the past five years, Arizona has experienced a perpetual decrease in senior health, according to America’s Health Rankings. It has since fallen 13 points, 18thin the country in 2013 and in the past year alone declining eight points, tying...National News
The new rule would apply to federally funded family planning programs. The proposal stops such programs from providing abortions and would prohibit physicians from advising women considering a legal abortion procedure about where she can go to receive one.
Federally funded family programs, such as Planned Parenthood, may still discuss...National News
Insurers buy pharmacy providers, hospitals may be the next target.
The continued market consolidation and efforts to create an “all-in-one” approach to healthcare insurance customers may lead to carriers acquiring large hospital networks, particularly if the CVS-Aetna transaction proves to be successful and profitable, one analyst...National News
The legislation allows terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs.
President Trump is expected to sign the bill that has divided advocates.
Advocates for the bill say it will make it easier for patients to get access to experimental drugs that have completed the first phase of clinical trials and are in the midst of...Arizona News
The grant will help the nonprofit community health organization provide healthcare services in a new Medical Respite Center for the homeless at the Maricopa Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix.
The expanded physical, mental health and social services at the Medical Respite Center allows the nonprofit to continue to support...National News
This past week HLTH 2018 took place in Las Vegas to touch on the future of healthcare, and with an extensive lineup of speakers such as CEO of Fitbit and executive vice president of CVS Health, questions were asked and answered.
Many topics were covered from testing the waters on the newest technologies to fundamental changes...Arizona News
The Commonwealth Fund revealed its annual scorecard on state health systems earlier this month and Arizona’s ranks 29 in the country for overall performance.
Unfortunately, Arizona fell into the “worse than average overall performance” half of the spectrum. A majority of scorecard indicators came out as showing little or no...Arizona News
Advisory board members provide the Arizona integrated network with market insights and consulting services.
Jacque Sokolov, M.D. and J.P. Millon join other national and local healthcare experts and community leaders who serve on its 2018 Strategic Advisory Board.
Sokolov is chairman and chief executive officer of SSB Solutions,...Arizona News
The National Institutes of Health study, called the All of Us Research program examines DNA and health data from one million people across the U.S.
The UA's goal is to find 100,000 of the one million people, which is possible through its affiliation with Banner Health.
Dr. Andreas Theodorou, chief education officer for Banner...Arizona News
African-Americans admitted to the intensive care unit for heart failure are less likely than white patients to receive care by a cardiologist.
Reuters reports that studies have shown that care by a cardiologist for heart failure is associated with better outcomes, including higher survival rates.
Dr. Khadijah Breathett from the...National News
An industry moving away from fee-for service needs physicians committed to the change.
For many years, physician behavior has been oriented to maximizing patient visits and procedures.
Healthcare Finance quotes Dr. Debbie Zimmerman, chief medical officer at Lumeris:
Where we find the heaviest lift in any institution is changing...Arizona News
The ACA marketplace-focused health insurer has filed with Arizona regulators.
Oscar remained in the marketplaces even though it sustained losses in the early years and in the face of turbulence in Washington, DC.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Chief Executive Mario Schlosser described increasing membership, revenues and better...National News
A class-action lawsuit alleges diversion of $400 million a year in a Medigap premium rebate scheme that violates Connecticut law, breaches contract with enrollees and misleads consumers.
The suit, filed in a Connecticut U.S. District Court, alleges that UnitedHealth allows AARP to take a 4.9% rebate from monthly beneficiary...National News
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 29,668 Americans ages 65 and older died as a result of a fall in 2016
Falls ended the lives of 61.6 out of every 100,000 senior citizens in 2016.
In 2007, there were 47 fall-related deaths for every 100,000 senior citizens.
That means the mortality rate...National News
The new model may save the Medicare program more than $180 million by keeping beneficiaries healthy and averting new cases of diabetes.
According to CMS, Medicare spends more than $104 billion every year treating patients with this preventable disease.
The Medicare diabetes prevention program was launched in 2012 as a small,...Arizona News
The change was announced during the State Medicaid Advisory Committee meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday.
The announcement comes after CMS rejected Kansas' request for a 3-year lifetime limit on Medicaid benefits.
Arizona's Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, is obligated by a 2015 statute to annually...National News
In most cases, the CEO takes home more than 300 times the amount their average employee earned.
In 2017, CEOs at the nation’s largest insurance companies earned a collective $342.6 million. The highest-paid executive took home $83.2 million, more than 1,400 times what the average employee brought home.
Fierce Healthcare...Arizona News
Health systems wanting to expand the use of advanced practice clinicians have reported resistance from their doctors over quality concerns.
Banner sought to transform its approach to care delivery with a more consumer-centered healthcare experience and efficiently utilizing its workforce. The fifteen-hospital system employees 18,000...National News
Auto-injectors containing the active ingredient epinephrine are lifesaving for allergy sufferers.
Mylan received extensive criticism for exponential price increases. As reported in Bloomberg, James Baker, chief executive officer of patient-advocacy group Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) said more than 400 patients in 45...White Papers, E books, Reports and more
More than 60 percent of Americans have private health insurance; the updated health economics paper, "The Price Ain’t Right? Hospital Prices and Health Spending on the Privately Insured," uses claims data from Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealth.
The prices hospitals negotiate with health insurance companies vary enormously within and...National News
After the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) gave the state a hard "no" on its plans to allow insurers the option to sell plans on the individual market that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), discussions continue.
Details about how the state will manage premiums and other ACA regulations have so far been hidden...National News
Kansas was one of five states that requested lifetime limits, the others are Arizona, Maine, Utah and Wisconsin.
As President Donald Trump took office, his administration announced a willingness to give states more flexibility in how they run their Medicaid programs, funded through a combination of state and federal dollars. The...Arizona News
Oversight duties include Carondelet St. Joseph’s, Carondelet St. Mary’s and Carondelet Holy Cross hospitals.
Benz’s expanded role follows his tenure as chief executive at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital. Under his leadership the hospital earned the top patient safety grade from The Leapfrog Group and was recognized as a top...Arizona News
Provide a self-pay pricing tool to uninsured, low-income patients and make it work.
“Copa Care” was created. Self-pay prices to be posted on its website for the 10 most frequently requested inpatient and outpatient procedures. The policy was fully implemented in March 2013, making MIHS the first system in Arizona to post their...National News
HHS Secretary Alex Azar wants the high court to weigh in after lower courts side with hospitals over a 2017 CMS rule and FAQ guidance on Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments (DSH).
Azar is pushing back against a slew of court rulings that argued the federal agency skirted its responsibilities when it didn't follow notice and...