Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study suggests that Americans are using health care at similar rates to other rich countries, and the real difference is the prices of procedures and treatments.
The United States...Arizona News
Theranos, a blood-testing start-up that promised to revolutionize consumers' access to their medical information, was a Silicon Valley darling once valued at $9 billion.
Holmes had a Cinderella angle: a college dropout-turned-chief executive who had assembled a company board filled with powerful ex-government and military leaders and...Arizona News
Female physicians earn 20 percent less than their male counterparts, according to a new study released today by Doximity, a social network for physicians and advanced practice clinicians.
Though physicians overall made 4 percent more across the board in 2017 than in 2016, more than half of the 50 metropolitan statistical areas...Arizona News
Medical respite care for the homeless not only saves money but helps to keep this fragile population off the street.
Circle the City, a Phoenix nonprofit that provides medical respite care for the homeless, was one of five demonstration sites nationwide selected for the study by the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council and...National News
Oregon Health & Science University trains the first medical students in the U.S. required to pass a tough new test in compassionate communication.
By graduation this spring, fourth year students must be able to show that, in addition to clinical skills, they know how to admit a medical mistake, deliver a death notice and...Arizona News
The study utilizes 62 health indicators to rank the health and well-being of women, infants and children, state by state.
United Health Foundation produces the annual report.
America’s Health Rankings® was built upon the World Health Organization definition of health:
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social...Arizona News
Mainstreet plans to close the Surprise facility, laying off 70 workers.
The Rapid Recovery Center concept is to create buildings with a luxurious feel and to staff them with high-level clinicians, including physicians on site daily. The goal is to be a post-acute provider of choice for managed care systems, by achieving better...National News
Nurses are a foundation of care in hospitals, and harder to find and retain.
Hospitals across the country are suffering financially as the nursing shortage worsens, according to a new report from Moody’s Investor Service.
As the population gets older and chronic conditions become more prevalent, hospitals are stretched to meet...News
Absorbing Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, could further reshape the roiling health care landscape.
The deal would mark the end of the last major independent pharmacy benefit manager, one that has focused on striking deals with drug companies to lower costs for insurers and employers. Express Scripts...Arizona News
As Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, he will be part of the Senior Leadership Team, reporting to President & CEO Peter S. Fine.
Nordlund's role will be to plan, direct and evaluate the organization’s strategic activities and goals to ensure they meet customer expectations for high quality outcomes and superior service.
Those who said they were willing to sell the data would do so for as little as between $500 and $1,000.
Accenture surveyed 912 qualified employees of health providers (601) and payer organizations (311) from the United States and Canada. All the respondents had access to digital health data, including personally identifiable...National News
Forty-five states, including Arizona, and the Department of Justice claim that generic drug prices are fixed, and the alleged collusion may have cost U.S. business and consumers more than $1 billion.
In their filing, prosecutors say that when pharmacies asked drug makers for their lowest price, the manufacturers would rig the bidding...News
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has spent $35 billion since 2009 on health information technology. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) analyzed data from the CMS Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (Medicare EHR Program) and found that while patients described access to health information as beneficial,...Arizona News
The recently released study notes results by Arizona Care Network.
The data in this report is based on the 110,000 physicians and 1,100 hospitals engaged in a value-based relationship with UnitedHealthcare, and the 15 million UnitedHealthcare members who sought care from those providers in 2017.
Among findings, ACOs...National News
Azar outlined a number of reforms his administration plans to take to lower healthcare costs during a March 5 speech at the Federation of American Hospitals convention in Washington, D.C.
Azar said he plans to implement changes that will increase price transparency, make it easier for patients to access their health records and loosen...Arizona News
She assumes the duties of Chief Operating Officer.
Mizell will oversee operations of the organization and support the execution of the strategic goals set out by Banner|Aetna’s board of directors and chief executive officer.
She will implement the organization’s mission of helping employers improve the health and well-being of...Arizona News
A new hospital in Dublin, Ireland was to be named Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Phoenix Children's in Arizona threatened legal action against the Dublin hospital on Nov. 27, 2017, arguing the name similarities would confuse patients and disrupt care.
The Times (subscription required) reports the decision to drop the proposed name,...News
Optum Accountable Care, which has operated a Next Generation ACO Program since January 1, 2016, has notified network providers that it is out of the Medicare ACO business as of March 31, 2018. Optum Accountable Care or "Optum ACO" as they are known, recently reported to The Hertel Report that it has approximately 37,000 traditional...National News
Providers warn that ACOs that are not ready to assume the downside risk will drop out of the program if CMS does not extend the agreement period.
Provider associations are calling for an extension of the Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 1 because some accountable care organizations are not ready for downside risk.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by local jurisdictions against manufacturers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that are fueling the nation's drug abuse crisis.
The move is part of a broader effort to more aggressively target prescription drugmakers for their role in the epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said....National News
Super-utilizers have a big impact on the healthcare industry, accounting for about half of the nation's Medicare program expenditures - a disproportionate amount - they make up only five percent of the patient population.
Reducing their healthcare utilization and improving their overall health requires various needs to be addressed....Arizona News
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the coalition's legal brief in federal district court in Texas.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that the states participating are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North...
The 232 bed Abrazo Maryvale hospital in Phoenix was formerly owned by Dallas-based Tenet and shut its doors in December 2016.
Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) acquired Maryvale hospital and will reopen the hospital's emergency department as well as remake the facility as a behavioral health hospital with up to 203 beds to...
Last week, HB 2322 passed unanimously in the House of Representatives 56-0 and now the Arizona Senate takes up the measure designed to speed up the physician credentialing and loading process to 100 days.
To ensure House passage of the measure, The Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) lobbyist Steve Barclay negotiated with local health...