In a competitive field, UnitedHealthcare Pacificare (AARP) retains its lead following the Medicare Advantage open enrollment period that closed December 7, 2018 for the 2019 plan year.
CMS released January 2019 enrollments - MA enrollment in...Arizona News
In a press release issued Jan. 18, the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) announced that Centurion of Arizona was awarded the contract to deliver healthcare to inmates at 10 state-run prisons. Corizon previously held the contract and received a per diem increase in May of 2018, increasing the contract by $32.6 million following the...Arizona News
On Jan. 17, Pima County and the City of Tucson filed lawsuits in Pima County Superior Court for the drugmakers' role in the opioid crisis. The municipal and county duo are the latest to sue the firms, including the Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics; more than 1,500 local and state governments have filed complaints against drug...Arizona News
Phoenix Police arrested licensed practical nurse Nathan Sutherland, 36, on charges of rape Wednesday morning after his DNA matched the baby recently born to an incapacitated patient while in the care of Hacienda Healthcare. Other fall out from the attack included the resignations of Hacienda's CEO and the patient's physician - a second...Arizona News
On Jan. 18, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey released a frugal state budget that focuses more on saving to maintain a surplus rather than deficit come the next recession - a rainy day fund of sorts. In his proposal Ducey argues for the state to begin picking up some of the slack when it comes to healthcare for children of lower-income working...
Our January Newsletter features the Top 10 stories of 2018 selected by our members. The collection is based on our top news posts of the year and is designed to provide our members with a comprehensive rearview look at the big healthcare stories impacting the Arizona market in...
On Friday, January 18, The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) received 1115 Waiver Amendment approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to begin implementing work requirements next year - the move is predicted to impact about 120,000 able bodied AHCCCS members ages 19 to 49; beginning April 2019...Arizona News
Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is joining Republican colleagues in a co-sponsored bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) health insurance tax, an annual fee imposed on providers. Amidst the nationwide, partisan ACA debates, a joint effort to dismantle a piece of the Obama-era legislation is an anomaly of...Arizona News
A federal judge in Philadelphia conceded to requests from a dozen states to temporarily block the Trump administration's motion that would make it more difficult for women to receive coverage for contraceptives by allowing employers to deny based on moral or religious grounds. On Monday U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone put a...Arizona News
Last month, U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver appointed an expert to examine the state's compliance with the changes ordered in the settlement; Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Charles Ryan is appealing the designation of Dr. Marc Stern to the case.
Dr. Stern was appointed by presiding Judge Silver in light of complaints...Arizona News
Critics say the quick turnaround for applications after the program's recent overhaul to greater risk is cause for concern and are advocating CMS extend its application window and push back the deadline.
The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) and America's Physician Groups (APG) both complain ACOs are still responding to the...Arizona News
Northwest Healthcare is building a new hospital on Tucson's southeast side; plans include a 183,000 square foot facility with 70 beds.
Company officials predict the project could have an economic impact of more than $500 million over the next five years.
The hospital's grand opening is slated to be sometime in 2021. The...Arizona News
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, police served Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix with a search warrant to get DNA from all male employees after a woman who was in a vegetative state for 14 years gave birth on Dec. 29, 2018. The CEO of Hacienda Healthcare stepped down.
CEO Bill Timmons resigned as a police investigation began into the rape and...Arizona News
Legislation requiring Arizona women seeking abortions to be asked to provide a specific reason why she wants the procedure took effect Jan. 1, 2019. Gov. Doug Ducey signed the controversial Senate Bill 1394 in April last year.
While women are not required to provide an answer, pro-choice groups are worried this law will discourage...Arizona News
Prior to the new year, the co-editors-in-chief of the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) hosted a podcast recapping 2018 and forecasting 2019 healthcare headliners. Mark Fendrick, MD and Michael Chernew, PhD, talked everything from their favorite papers published in the past year to the future of payment models in Medicare and the...Arizona News
In a project to offer physicians automatic diagnoses alerts upon completion of medical imaging, Intel and GE Health are in collaboration in an attempt to save time between imaging, diagnosis and the start of treatment.
Senior VP of Edison Portfolio Strategy Keith Bigelow at GE Healthcare explained that medical imaging is the largest...Arizona News
Many companies in 2018 sought a slice of the healthcare pie, including e-commerce titan Amazon, resulting in a massive conglomerate deal with J.P. Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway. Tech-giant Apple began to carve its own path in the industry and 2018 also became one of healthcare's biggest years for mergers and acquisitions.
University of Arizona College of Nursing clinical instructor Sheri Carson was named Arizona Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year for her work toward creating a more effective screening program for abused children.
Senior lecturer at UA's College of Nursing Mary O'Connell nominated Carson due, in part, to her research concerning...Arizona News
Budget requests from the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services (ADHS) and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) were received by the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning & Budgeting and will lay the foundation for budget negotiations in the New Year.
ADHS asking for $474.8 million
Pima Community Access Program (PCAP) helped low-income community members in Southern and Southeastern Arizona access quality, affordable health insurance options; all PCAP inquiries are now forwarded to the El Rio Health Center's outreach and enrollment department.
The not-for-profit organization provided access to professional...