Dr. Christian Moher recognized as a national leader in changing the way opioids are prescribed and treating patients with chronic pain.
Moher, chief medical officer at Community Partners Integrated Healthcare, a division of Tucson-based Community Partners Inc., will be the first family physician to be recognized as “Doctor of the...Arizona News
Humana, Kindred, Curo, two equity firms and Walmart all in the rumor mill.
The $1.4 billion deal brings together the Louisville-based health insurance giant; TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, the same group that has offered to buy the home care business of Kindred in Louisville. That deal still must get the green...Arizona News
The $18.3 million settlement agreement released Friday by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, calls for a long list of reforms that Banner must implement then maintain for five years.
Banner's present legal trouble stemmed from a whistleblower complaint filed under the False Claims Act in 2013 by Cecilia...
Malware targets hospitals worldwide.
The hacking operation relies on the Kwampirs malware, a backdoor trojan that allows attackers to remotely access machines then spread over a local network.Investigators believe the malware is seeking medical information in carefully selected targets. They aren't certain of the ultimate purpose of...
House Bill 2322 calls for a combined 100 day maximum for processing a credentialing application and "loading" the provider into the claims payment system. Arizona provider advocate organizations worked tirelessly with the healthplan lobby to work out the details of this important legislation. The bill includes details regarding...Arizona News
Banner Health has agreed to pay the United States over $18 million to settle allegations that 12 of its hospitals in Arizona and Colorado knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare by admitting patients who could have been treated on a less costly outpatient basis.
The settlement resolves allegations that 12 Banner Health hospitals...Arizona News
North Scottsdale Pediatrics altered its operations to include more technology-friendly scheduling tools and improve experience for young parents.
As reported in Athena Insight, the first change was ensuring that parents could reach the practice in the same way they connect to everything else in their lives: through their smartphones...
Arizona's Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, has a three-month retroactive eligibility period, which means those applying for Medicaid coverage may receive benefits for services provided three months prior to their application.
The state now seeks to limit retroactive coverage to the month of an...
Agreement includes all Dignity Services and updates the patient centered medical home (PCMH) arrangement.
From the jointly released press release:
“Providing affordable quality care with compassion is what we stand for,” said Dignity Health Vice President of Managed Care Ethel Hoffman. “Being a part of BCBSAZ’s network...Arizona News
The "whistle-blower" complaint was filed in 2016 by the company's billing manager, Jeffrey Scott.
The lawsuit states Scott began warning company officials of improper and fraudulent billing in 2011, but for years was ignored or berated for raising issues. The lawsuit alleges AZCCC engaged in double billing, charged for unnecessary...Arizona News
Effective immediately, Health Net will not be quoting any more new business for small and large business health plans.
Health Net stated in a letter to brokers:
We want you to know that Health Net will honor all current group contracts and continue to provide high quality service to our members. Employer groups and members will...Arizona News
A health care system where physicians will be available to talk to patients anytime they want and won’t charge you for every piece of health advice they offer.
Direct primary care patients pay a monthly fee and get access to primary-care physicians via text, phone and face-to-face visits.
Doctors may see fewer patients, spend...Arizona News
Gould most recently served as president of Banner's Arizona West Division.
As president and CEO of CTCA Phoenix, Gould will oversee all hospital administrative and clinical operations, as well as the CTCA outpatient care centers opening throughout the metro Phoenix area. A third being planned for later this year.
In a release Gould...Arizona News
Formerly of Anthem, Beth Ginzinger will oversee the insurer's strategic planning process and lead the development of corporate and subsidiary strategies. BCBSAZ CEO and President Pam Kehaly stated:
Beth brings a level of expertise that will help expand the meaningful work we do on behalf of our members, and find more opportunities...Arizona News
Should the federal funding drop below 100 percent, the state would have to freeze enrollment.
State lawmakers froze enrollment for KidsCare in 2010 to cut state spending. Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of the Children’s Action Alliance is quoted by KTAR:
When enrollment was frozen before, we know that many families went...
Join us in Scottsdale with our community partner Arizona HFMA for the half-day conference Friday, April 27 from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Deputy Director Jami Snyder presents major AHCCCS program changes including new complete care awards and the latest on the agency's proposed CYE 2019 Differential Payment Adjustments, effective...
The newly-created role is effective April 1.
LifePoint Health, based in Brentwood, Tennessee has facilities in Arizona and Colorado.
Patterson previously served as CFO, and later, CEO of Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, a LifePoint Health facility.
He served as CEO of Havasu Regional Medical Center in Lake...Arizona News
The unexpected announcement was delivered to staff by email Tuesday afternoon.
As reported by The Arizona Daily Sun, the announcement, written by the chair of NAH’s board of directors Alice Gagnaire, did not say why Rob Thames decided to leave the organization.
Thames took the position of CEO of Northern Arizona Healthcare, the...
According to a 127-page study conducted by the American MedSpa Association (AmSpa), medical spas are an approximately $4 billion industry with a revenue growth trajectory of eight percent annually.
Banner Health Center, Arizona’s largest healthcare network, announced the opening of its first onsite medical spa this week at...