At the start of the pandemic, 160 million people in America had insurance through their employers. The pandemic’s disruption to the economy resulted in a loss of coverage for an estimated 14.6 million workers and their dependents by June of this...Arizona Comings & Goings
Equality Health, a comprehensive value-based care delivery system, is expanding its operations into Texas and partnering with health plans and primary care providers to enable improved cost and quality performance in value-based contracts.
In January, health plan partners in Arizona agreed to contracts that would allow Equality...Arizona News
Racial and ethnic health disparities are rooted in inherited inequality and prejudice, with racial and ethnic minorities experiencing inequity in medical treatment and poor health outcomes.
Populations of vulnerable people both in the United States and internationally are more likely to experience more severe effects and higher...News
According to a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), enrollment in private health insurance plans remained concentrated among a small number of issuers across the country, including in Arizona.
Several companies may be selling health insurance in a given market but most people usually enroll with one of a...Arizona News
Tucson Medical Center (TMC) and Rincon Neighborhood Hospital, a subsidiary of TMC HealthCare, will open a new hospital on the south side of Tucson in 2023.
The new 60-bed hospital at the TMC Rincon Health Campus will be located at the intersection of Drexel and Houghton roads in Southeast Tucson.
In 2017, TMC HealthCare launched...Arizona Bricks & Mortar
Valleywise Health has announced the opening of its newest, state-of‐the‐art Valleywise Community Health Center, located on 19th and Northern Avenues.
The new 26,000 square foot facility will replace the current location on Hatcher and all current patients will be transitioned to the new Northern Avenue location.
The community...Arizona Comings & Goings
Last month, staff and physicians at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus welcomed Stephen Garner as the hospital’s chief executive officer.
Garner, who previously served as the hospital’s chief operating officer, has rejoined Abrazo after two years. In his previous role as chief operating officer for Abrazo Arrowhead campus and Abrazo Arizona...Arizona Comings & Goings
AzPHA Organizational Member Mercy Care is currently conducting their 2020 Mercy Care Community Needs Assessment.
Mercy Care is a not-for-profit health plan serving AHCCCS members (ACC, DDD and long-term care). Mercy Care partners with more than 20 local non-profits, and intends to always support the community and their...Arizona Comings & Goings
Yavapai Regional Medical Center, a two-hospital system based in Prescott, AZ, and Dignity Health have completed their affiliation.
Yavapai Regional Medical Center will be part of Dignity Health’s Arizona division and will remain a not-for-profit, community hospital.
The partnership will scale best-in-class clinical services,...Arizona News
Sam's Club announced it is partnering with DoorDash to offer same-day pharmaceutical delivery across the country.
This first-of-its-kind pharmaceutical delivery experience from DoorDash covers more than 500 Sam's Club locations across 41 states in the U.S., and is powered exclusively through Drive, DoorDash's white-label fulfillment...National News
Aetna has agreed to pay $1 million to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will also adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.
June 2017: Aetna submitted a breach...Arizona News
The Arizona Medicaid program had advanced $41 million in provider payments to address the COVID-19 emergency.
On Oct. 27, AHCCCS received federal approval from CMS to increase Arizona hospital reimbursement rates by more than 30%. The Hospital Enhanced Access Leading to Health Improvements Initiative (HEALTHII) will result in a net...Arizona News
On Oct. 20, CMS approved a waiver that allows adult Medicaid beneficiaries in Nebraska to receive additional benefits, including vision and dental, if they participate in work requirements. The program is set to go into effect in April 2021.
Nebraska’s new Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration called “Heritage Health Adult" is...Arizona News
On Oct. 20 Healthgrades published its 2021 Specialty Excellence Awards, including the top hospitals for neurosciences, spine surgery and cardiac care.
Healthgrades 2021 report to the nation evaluates the risks associated with outcomes in elective care and shows why consumers should research hospital quality to make informed...Arizona News
On Oct. 12, Phoenix-based Abrazo Health opened a hospital in Surprise, Arizona. The Abrazo Surprise Hospital has a 13-bed emergency department, eight inpatient rooms, one operating room, ultrasound, x-ray, CT scan, laboratory and pharmacy.
The neighborhood hospital provides 24/7 emergency care and surgical services, with inpatient...Arizona News
Last week CMS said it has taken steps to advance a package of state-led reforms that could result in thousands of uninsured Georgians gaining access to coverage. Specifically, CMS announced the approval of Georgia's new Medicaid section 1115 demonstration called "Pathways to Coverage."
CMS began implementing work requirements for...National Reports & Surveys
The annual Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Benefits Survey is the benchmark survey of the cost and coverage of employer-sponsored health benefits in the United States. The 2020 survey included 1,765 interviews with non-federal public and private firms.
This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in...Arizona News
In the early months of the pandemic, the federal Medicare program and private health insurance companies wanted to encourage people to use alternatives to in-person care by talking with a doctor over video or by telephone. There has been a 3,200% spike in telemedicine visits in Arizona, according to AHIP.
Now, some Americans will...Arizona News
Medicaid work requirements, which the Trump administration has strongly backed, are on hold in many states following federal district court and appellate court rulings holding that such policies are not consistent with the statutory objective of the Medicaid program to provide coverage, according to Modern Healthcare.
Of the 10...CMS Rules
The new model now requires providers to get prior authorization (PA) before scheduling a non-emergent ambulance transport for a patient and pays ambulance services for taking patients to non-hospital facilities.
A ride in an ambulance can cost between hundreds and thousands of dollars depending on locations, services and the...