New tenants will include The CORE Institute and Sonora Quest.
The four-story, 64,000-square-foot space is slated to open December of 2018 and is specifically designed for its future tenant's focus on health and wellness.
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In this white paper from the Center for Healthcare Quality & Payment Reform, author Harold Miller outlines the strengths and weaknesses of FFS payment system, bundled payments and outlines numerous reasons why pay for performance, shared savings/shared risks programs aren't working.
Miller also discusses narrow and tiered...National News
Amazon is taking applications for a HIPAA Compliance Lead, according to a job listing on its website and reported by CNBC.
Becker's Hospital Review reports Amazon is seeking an "experienced HIPAA professional who will own and operate the security and compliance elements of a new initiative." The HIPAA Compliance Lead will work with...National News
Forward is a concierge medical service that dresses up the annual exam with artificial intelligence and a sleek Silicon Valley sheen.
Founded by former employees of Google and Uber. Like a gym or Netflix, or competing primary-care providers like One Medical, Forward charges a flat monthly fee of a hundred and forty-nine dollars, no...National News
Centene is an insurer that offers individual health insurance under its Ambetter brand in 15 states.
The lawsuit outlines a number of instances where Ambetter enrollees have had difficulty finding a doctor, have had to travel for health care, have been denied care that they thought was covered and in-network, or have relied on...National News
UnitedHealth Group reported fourth quarter and full year 2017 results reflecting continued broad-based growth and strengthened operating performance across the enterprise.
NASDAQ reports higher revenues, strength in both its segments, UnitedHealthcare and Optum, and membership growth led to the performance.
David S. Wichmann,...Arizona News
Trump administration to permit requirement to work if states seek it.
The Arizona Daily Star reports Arizona is one of 10 states that have submitted applications to add work requirements for the government health insurance program for low-income people.
The state’s Medicaid program, called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment...National News
BPCI Advanced will qualify as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) under the Quality Payment Program.
BPCI Advanced will operate under a total-cost-of-care concept, in which the total Medicare fee for services (FFS) spending on all items and services furnished to a BPCI Advanced Beneficiary during the Clinical Episode,...National News
Narrow networks are already the norm in Medicare Advantage and ACA exchange plans.
Narrow networks are open only to providers and hospitals that agree to meet specific quality requirements and likely accept lower reimbursements. The theory is to offer higher value care at a lower cost.
Payers and employers using narrow networks...National News
The new rules could make it easier for small businesses to band together and create health insurance plans that would be exempt from many of the consumer protections mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
The move permits "association health plans". The Labor Department said:
By joining together employers may reduce administrative...Arizona News
Alarming number of overdose deaths in Arizona creates call for action.
The Arizona Republic reports at least 716 people in Arizona are believed to have died of opioid-related overdoses during a six-month stretch of 2017, far exceeding previous death statistics that span an entire calendar year, according to the state health...National News
Rosebud, Flandreau and Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribes allege they sold addictive drugs without warning of their dangers.
The tribes have targeted drug makers Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Allergen PLC and distributors McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp.
The tribes' allegations align with those...National News
The new estimate was included in a letter the budget office sent Friday to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT.
An Associated Press story in The Star Tribune reports the CBO now says a Senate bill adding five years of financing to the program would cost $800 million. Previously, the analysts estimated it would cost $8.2 billion.
The lower cost...Arizona News
Requests filed with Arizona Department of Insurance range from 12 to 19 percent increases.
The Phoenix Business Journal reports the carriers' requests are for their health plans that are not part of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplace.
Effective April 1, All Savers Insurance Co. is requesting a 12.6 percent...Arizona News
The joint venture will operate physical therapy centers and acute inpatient hospitals in Arizona.
Banner Health will be the majority owner; Select Medical will serve as managing partner.
In the agreement, the combined outpatient rehabilitation services will include 26 Select Physical Therapy centers currently operating in the...National News
In an increasingly common business arrangement, owners of nursing homes outsource a wide variety of goods and services to companies in which they have a financial interest or that they control.
According to an analysis of nursing home financial records by Kaiser Health News, nearly three-quarters of nursing homes in the United States...National News
Published in Health Affairs this week, authors test a theory that Medicaid expansion prevents hospital closures.
Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act were about six times less likely to close than hospitals in non-expansion states. In AHA Today, we learn Medicaid expansion was associated with...National News
A major shift in the 50-year-old program, the guidelines will set the conditions for allowing states to add work requirements to their Medicaid programs, bringing a conservative twist to the health insurance program for the poor.
The Hill reports the changes represent the vision of Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for...Arizona News
Dr. Bob England, veteran public health officer, to leave the end of January.
England's entire career has been in public health. He was the state epidemiologist for the Arizona Department of Health Services prior to his 12 years with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
In the Phoenix Business Journal report, Dr...Arizona News
Dr. Woodrow Myers, Jr. assumes the role that was held by Dr. Vishu Jhaveri, who retired at the end of 2017. Myers was formerly the executive vice president and chief medical officer at Anthem, formerly WellPoint.
An alumnus of Harvard Medical School and Stanford University, Myers is nationally recognized for his involvement...National News
Soon after the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a request for information (RFI) to prepare for a nationwide campaign aimed at attracting medical professionals, doctors at an Oregon VA hospital charge veterans are being turned away to boost the facility's performance scores.
According to the VA, the department is facing shortages...National News
Trump's first choice for HHS Secretary, Tom Price, resigned amid reports of inappropriate travel expenses.
Alex Azar, a former HHS official and pharmaceutical executive, will go before the Senate Finance Committee 10 a.m. Jan. 9.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said in a statement reported in The Hill:
Mr. Azar has...National News
In the three years since the California law permitting pharmacists to dispense the medication to patients without a doctor’s prescription has been in effect, pharmacists have been slow to dispense naloxone, which reverses the effects of an overdose.
Kaiser Health News reports in 48 states and Washington, D.C., pharmacists have...Arizona News
PCCN's network of 1000 physicians can be available to 50,000 enrollees in UnitedHealthcare's Medicaid health plans.
No stranger to accountable care organization arrangements, more than 15 million people are enrolled in UnitedHealthcare plans across the country with care delivered in part through more than 800 accountable care...National News
American Medical Association used its Physician Practice Benchmark Surveys which comprise practice arrangement and payment information on active U.S. physicians.
We hear a lot about Alternative Payment Models, their use and successes. Becker's Hospital CFO Report delineates "Five Things to Know" from the AMA paper:
1. In 2016, more...