This afternoon at the State Medicaid Advisory Committee’s (SMAC) quarterly meeting, AHCCCS Director Tom Betlach briefly announced the resignation of Beth Kohler, Deputy Director of Arizona's Medicaid program.
“I think you all know that...Arizona News
The AHCCCS insurer manages the care for 156,000 Medicaid patients and expects the agreement will expand its provider network, enhance services and better meet the care needs of its culturally diverse members.
Using Equality Health's proprietary CareEmpower platform to manage patient health information and a network of doctors trained...
The 2018 Winter SOS features all you have come to expect from The Hertel Report
Join THR Publisher and healthcare consultant Jim Hammond for our January breakfast meetings in Phoenix and Tucson. The conference includes our curated collection of the top stories impacting the Arizona healthcare industry, local market updates and...
In bondholder documents, Banner Health reports revenues of $5.84 billion for first nine months of 2017, up 2.7% from same period last year.Also reported were increased expenses of $5.65 billion, up 2.4%. Operating income was up 12.1% at $191.2 million, versus $170.5 from the same period in 2016. Net income went from $182.5 to $500.5...Arizona News
The latest Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy is designed to prevent seizures before they start and stop them if they take hold.
The new, recently FDA approved implantable generator SenTiva, features a wireless wand that interfaces with a small tablet offering patients with drug-resistant epilepsy a physician-directed customizable...Arizona News
The newly established position is now filled by Karen Stratton, Ph.D., formerly VP for women's and children's services at the University of Chicago Medicine.
Stratton began her new role October 30 as Arizona's largest health system expands its service line, Banner Children's. Her role as a clinician began as a pediatric...Arizona News
Should Arizona brick-and-mortar drugstore chains beware?
Recently, tech-giant Amazon, obtained approval for wholesale pharmacy licenses in 12 different states.
Acquired from public records, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discovered that the Seattle based company holds wholesale distribution licenses in Arizona and the following...Arizona News
Announced by the Minister for Health in Dublin, the familiar Arizona name is facing concerns from Irish physicians.
Following nine months of discussions by staff at three children's hospitals and the Children's Hospital Group in Ireland, the name was settled and the new national children's hospital is under construction and open in...
A new three-year agreement between the state's largest health system, Banner Health and Health Net of Arizona (Centene) begins December 1, 2017 for Health Net Ambetter members, a marketplace product and January 1, 2018, for those enrolled in the insurer's commercial group, Medicare Advantage and AHCCCS products.
Members enrolled in...
The new partnership with Equality Health will provide MA members enrolled in Allwell access to 800 medical and behavioral health professionals with special training in culturally effective care designed to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes for ethnic populations.
Founded and led by Hugh Lytle, Equality Health has spent...
Tenet's CEO Trevor Fetter resigned as of October 23, 2017. The health system's Board of Directors appointed Ronald A. Rittenmeyer, executive chairman, to serve as CEO while Tenet continues its search for a new executive leader during a tumultous time for the privately held company.
The Dallas-based system faces increasingly dim...Arizona News
The Next Generation model broke into the competition last year and the Pioneer ACO model sunsets; see Arizona's 2016 winners and losers in these two categories.
According to reports from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), the majority (11) of its Next Generation accountable care organizations (ACOs) generated...Arizona News
Sale is subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions, but is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2017.
St. Louis based Express Scripts provides integrated pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services and has acquired the privately-held eviCore healthcare, which manages medical benefits for 100 million patients....
Approximately 18,000 UHC-Community Plan (UHC-C) members are attributed to Equality Health Network (EHN) primary care providers (PCPs). The PCPs will continue to receive payment based on their existing UHC-C agreements. EHN and UHC-C have an accountable care model agreement that tracks quality measures and per member, per month...
The longtime managed care executive replaces Carolyn Pace, who recently retired; Hoffman was previously the VP of managed care and business development for Phoenix Children's Hospital
Both Carolyn Pace and Ethel Hoffman are Advisors to The Hertel Report.
Management layers between its hospitals and corporate offices are expected to dissolve in hopes of cutting expenses for the hospital chain amidst the growing volume of investors calling for reorganization after Tenet reported a $56 million operating loss in its second quarter following declining hospital admissions.
As the nation's...Arizona News
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) represents Arizona's 9th District, but by moving into the race for a U.S. House seat, Arizona Mayor Greg Stanton is expected to throw his hat into the Congressional race to win Sinema's former House seat.
Sinema announced her intentions to get into the 2018 race on YouTube
According to The...
Managed care organizations (MCOs) are prepping for new seven-year ALTCS contracts starting October 1; Bridgeway is out, Banner University Family Care is in.
In March 2017, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) awarded contracts to three managed care organizations (MCOs) to provide Arizona Long Term Care Services to...
The Hertel Report members honored last week include Linda Hunt, CEO of Dignity Health in Arizona, who was recognized with the lifetime achievement award; and Dave Berg, Founder and CEO of Redirect Health, who won for innovator of the year.
The annual breakfast, hosted by PBJ Publisher Ray Schey and Editor-in-Chief Illona Lowery,...Arizona News
CMS proposal could decrease hospital revenue, hospital officials say
Orthopedic surgeons and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are excited by a new proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to pay for joint replacement surgeries performed in an outpatient setting.
CMS announced in mid-July that it was...