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...
Emory Healthcare announced the creation of an accountable care organization (ACO) with retail giant Walmart, called the Accountable Care Plan.
Emory Healthcare, based in Atlanta, is one of the largest clinically integrated networks in Georgia with 2,000 physicians in over 70 specialties, including 240 primary care physicians. The...
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...News
Posting of hospital prices, change meaningful use, long-term care hospital reimbursement and prices of immunotherapy drugs on the list.
Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the new requirement for online prices reflects the Trump administration's ongoing efforts to encourage patients to become...News
To determine the validity of physician performance measures, a committee for the American College of Physicians created a five-item checklist to measure importance, appropriateness, strength of clinical evidence, feasibility of implementation and applicability.
CMS seeks to link 90 percent of physician payments under Medicare's...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...News
The sheer volume of data in EHRs creates a staggering challenge in complex environments such as intensive care units (ICUs) and emergency medicine departments.
Individual clinicians may have to sift through more than 50,000 data points to find key information. This proliferation of data (both meaningful and meaningless) and the...
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...News
Dozens of drugs and medical devices are Chinese products that the Trump administration targeted for a potential 25 percent tariff in a proposal this week.
Pacemakers and artificial joints, defibrillators, dental fillings, lidocaine, birth-control pills and vaccines are all made in China, and all could be subject to new tariffs. The...News
Described as an effort to drive competition and affordability within state health insurance markets.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma believes that the new rule will create a stable ACA health plan market that lowers premiums for consumers and provides a greater variety of health insurance options.
In a press release, Verma...News
An online pharmacy that bills itself as Canada’s largest was fined for importing counterfeit cancer drugs and other unapproved pharmaceuticals into the United States.
Canada Drugs has filled millions of prescriptions by offering itself as a safe alternative for patients to save money on expensive drugs, and its founder, Kristian...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...News
Currently 8 percent of dialysis in done in-home. CVS wants to change that.
HealthLeaders Media quotes Jack Curran, a senior analyst with IBISWorld.
The dialysis market right now is very concentrated. If any company is going to be able to move into this industry and succeed it is going to have to be a large company with a lot of...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...News
Previously, patients who have these medical devices have been denied MRI services because of concerns about their safety while undergoing the imaging procedures.
The devices include an implanted FDA-approved pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker, or cardiac resynchronization...
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...
The proposal would reduce Medicare payment rates by 30 percent for some services at hospital-affiliated free-standing emergency departments that are located within 6 miles of an on-campus hospital emergency department.
NPR reports free-standing emergency departments have been cropping up across the U.S. in recent years and now number...
At issue is a volume licensing agreement, meant for organizations with 500 or more users or devices that want to buy various Microsoft services and software licenses under one agreement.
Filed in US District Court, the suit claims CHS entered into numerous computer software licensing agreements over nearly two decades. The agreements,...
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...