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 2019 budget requests hits insurer and payer hot spots including ACA Medicare risk corridor payments and cost-sharing reductions, uncompensated care payments, Medicare post-acute care costs and even graduate medical education.
Trump’s proposal outlines his administration’s priorities – Congress makes the decisions.
AHCCCS Complete Care will integrate physical and behavioral health care contracts for the majority of the 1.9 million AHCCCS members.
Seven managed care organizations (MCOs) submitted their proposals to serve AHCCCS members across all three geographic services areas in Arizona.
Magellan Complete Care of Arizona, Inc.
The two national market leaders in DME will form a single brand to meet the clinical, financial and operational needs of customers across 50 states.
The new brand will operate a national network of more than 1,300 DME provider locations and 21 company-owned distribution centers serving more than 100,000 patients each day. The...Arizona News
Marjorie Bessel, MD, replaces John Hensing, MD, as chief clinical officer, who announced his retirement last year.
Bessel has been with the top health system in the valley for more than a decade and has served in a variety of physician leadership positions including her role as CMO for several Banner hospitals in the Phoenix metro...Arizona News
New tenants will include The CORE Institute and Sonora Quest.
The four-story, 64,000-square-foot space is slated to open December of 2018 and is specifically designed for its future tenant's focus on health and wellness.
Plaza Companies recently broke ground on the building located on the Banner Estrella Medical Campus, located at 9201...Arizona News
Dr. Woodrow Myers, Jr. assumes the role that was held by Dr. Vishu Jhaveri, who retired at the end of 2017. Myers was formerly the executive vice president and chief medical officer at Anthem, formerly WellPoint.
An alumnus of Harvard Medical School and Stanford University, Myers is nationally recognized for his involvement...
Arizona Public Radio turned up the heat in an investigative report and later a federal judge called for a hearing for February 9 to investigate the report's allegations.
During a status hearing of Parsons v. Ryan last week (December 20) Magistrate Judge David Duncan referred to the KJZZ report which cited a former prison doctor who...
Nationally, renewing customers outpace new consumers 3 to 1 in the final week of enrollment December 10-15, 2017.
The surge of consumers during the seventh and final week of enrollment brought Arizona's open enrollment numbers totals to 166,961; about 85 percent of last year's enrollment total.
It was a rush of numbers welcomed by...Arizona News
The institute will be led by Dr. Kris Vijay, whose career includes work as a non-invasive cardiologist, a clinical lipidologist and heart failure specialist.
The Institute for Congestive Heart Failure is one of six specialty cardiac and vascular institutes in the works by Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital. The new institute includes...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...