Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix cracks the top 20 nationally for first time.
For the second year in a row, Mayo Clinic Rochester topped the best hospital rankings list by U.S. News and World Report. For the first time, an Arizona hospital makes the top 20 on the national list, called the "honor roll". That hospital? Mayo Clinic...Arizona News
To make sure AHCCCS providers have time to participate in the program, the Arizona Medicaid agency pushed its application deadline to August 18, 2017.
The program, which The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), calls “one-time opportunity to support integrated and coordinated care for AHCCCS members” is part of...Arizona News
CMS withdraws rules it hoped would increase transparency
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided it will not require accreditors to publish hospital and home health agency (HHA) inspection reports for public viewing after private accreditors and providers pushed back against the proposed rules.
Appellate Court decision allows states to defend ACA's cost-sharing reductions.
A Washington, D.C. appellate court ruled that state's attorneys general have legal standing to sue to receive the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction subsidies.
The decision adds some clarity and relief to state-level officials as President...Arizona News
The five-point agreement seeks to add a degree of certainty in health care markets.
Congressman Tom O'Halleran, D-Sedona and Representative Martha McSally, R-Tucson, saw an opportunity to bring some reason to the process.
The biggest proposal calls for mandatory funding of cost-sharing reduction payments, which help insurers reduce...Arizona News
MGMA members can view this comprehensive overview of 2018 proposed rule changes to MIPS/APMs and physician fee schedules
This policy analysis by MGMA explains the intricacies of 2018 proposed rules for MIPS/APMs and physician fee schedules.
The 2018 proposed rule revises three central tenets of the MIPS/APM programs:
Consumers can conveniently access care.
Banner Health seeks to become more consumer focused with the opening of three new retail-based health clinics in August. The Banner Quick Care clinics will be located in Safeway grocery stores in Chandler, Tempe and Tucson.
The Chandler and Tempe locations will open on Aug. 1, and the Tucson...
Consumers (that's all of us) can access information about carriers with rate increases of 10 percent or more.
The Arizona Department of Insurance has received threshold rate increase filings (increases of 10% or more for at least one plan) for the following insurers and markets:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of...
Lawmakers could not shrink Medicaid - waivers can.
Medicaid is a $500 billion program with unprecedented growth the past four years and now covers 75 million people.
Josh Archambault, senior fellow for the conservative Foundation for Government Accountability, said without congressional action on the health bill “the...Arizona News
A week after the start of the fall season Dennis Laraway will assume his new role overseeing the fiscal fitness of the largest health system in the valley.
From 2002 to 2006 Laraway served vice president and CFO for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and most recently he worked as the executive VP and CFO for Memorial Hermann...Arizona News
$24.5 million facility with expected completion in 2018.
The 67,566-square-foot structure is being built for Dr. Martin Newman, founder of Destiny Springs Healthcare, formerly chief medical officer for Aurora Behavioral Health System.
Anticipated inpatients will include adolescents, adults and geriatrics.
Read about it in...Arizona News
The Chandler-based firm is accused of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy and engaging in deceptive, unfair and unlawful business practices.
At the center of the issue is Subsys, an opioid made by Insys that's roughly 50 times more powerful than heroin. Side effects of the fentanyl spray can...Arizona News
The controversial Republican health care overhaul faces a perilous path forward.
"There are about eight to 10 Republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill," Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, said on CNN's State of the Union. "So at the end of the day, I don't know whether it will pass." Read of concerns from...Arizona News
The shortage of primary care providers, has grown steadily worse in recent years, according to the National Rural Health Association.
Since 2010, more than 70 rural hospitals have closed. Though the shortage of doctors all across rural America is a crisis affecting some 90 million Americans, the problem is not even part of the health...Arizona News
The absence of even one Republican senator imperils passage.
Saturday the Majority Leader announced the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act will not be brought to the floor for consideration as previously announced. McConnell noted that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) had significant surgery and will be recovering in Arizona for an...Arizona News
Slashing Medicaid could lead to hospital closures in Arizona
Under the Senate replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rural hospitals in Arizona face potentially drastic Medicaid cuts that would increase debt and potentially send some hospitals out of business, leaving thousands of rural Arizonans without a hospital...
How much do Medicaid beneficiaries really like the care they are receiving?
The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) develops and conducts Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS) surveys to better understand Medicaid beneficiaries’ experiences with providers. These CMS surveys are not measuring...
A fresh and complete look on the impact upcoming healthcare reforms will have on Arizona’s budget, people and economy.
Recent legislation passed by Congress is dramatically cutting federal funds, putting hundreds of thousands of Arizonans at risk of losing Medicaid coverage and could impact the federal budget by billions in the...Arizona News
The filing is at odds with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association position.
The assertion of the AzHHA is that the cost to its hospital members is less than the benefit they receive from having fewer patients show up at their doors without insurance, whose bills would have to be written off as bad debt.