House Bill 2154, enacted earlier this year by Gov. Doug Ducey, has significantly expanded Arizona's current data breach notification law effective Aug. 1, 2018.
Changes include a more expansive definition of “personal information” that was...Arizona News
Originally created to ensure Medicaid beneficiaries with a serious mental illness (SMI) weren't warehoused in facilities by the government, the IMD exclusion means state Medicaid agencies can't pay for mental healthcare services received in a residential treatment center with more than 16 beds.
This week, (November 13) Medicaid...Arizona News
All eyes will most likely be on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as the agency sparks conversation of possibly using Medicaid to pay for housing. Healthcare is continuing its move toward value-based care and judging by a speech delivered by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar last week, the government...Arizona News
Banner Health announced today its new Chandler hospital will be named Banner Ocotillo Medical Center. The news follows last week's approval from Chandler's City Council to move forward with the four-story 245,00 square foot development despite dissent from community members.
Objections to the project came from neighbors worrisome...Arizona News
Last week, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma released an update to her Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) original performance evaluation published in May. The November 8 blog post revealed 93 percent of participants merited a positive payment adjustment for their 2017...Arizona News
Retiring AHCCCS Director Tom Betlach will join Missouri Medicaid Director Dale Carr and a senior leader from the Center for Program Integrity at CMS to discuss how states and the federal government are partnering to identify and address inappropriate or unnecessary spending in the healthcare system.
Department of Health & Human...Arizona News
Last month, a global stock market sell-off sent the S&P 500 into dangerous waters, having analysts discussing potential bear market climates but stocks rallied this week and healthcare was leading the numbers following the midterm elections.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) released an analysis today regarding the effects midterm...Arizona News
New York-based startup health insurance company Oscar Health is expanding and hiring 400 new employees as it acquires new office space to establish a more robust presence in Arizona.
Oscar Health moved into its Tempe office in The Circuit complex just two years ago and is leasing another space in the complex, adding hundreds of...
City of Hope and Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) announced plans to form an alliance earlier this week to develop a cell therapy manufacturing facility in Phoenix. California-based City of Hope is branching out from its California roots with multiple facilities in Duarte, California.
As an independent cancer...
Anthem individual insurance plans bid goodbye to Affordable Care Act (ACA) markets across the nation to focus on the growth of its Medicare Advantage business, an experience more sweet than bitter; the insurance giant's third quarter profits were up 29 percent, year over year.
Enrollment in Anthem's insurance plans may have taken...Arizona News
As the midterm elections are right around the corner, healthcare is on the minds of many; politicians and voters alike. The news cycle this week is marred with a slew of "he said, she said" pieces, Republicans pointing condemning fingers at the policies of Democrats and vice versa. The question is not "why healthcare", however, but "what...Arizona News
The Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board approved the bond sale in September. The bond's subsequent pricing and high investment grade ratings was received well by investors on October 11. The transaction closes October 30, 2018.
Maricopa County Special Health Care District board member Mark Dewane said MIHS’s...Arizona News
The Joint Commission identified the first and only designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in Arizona--Banner University Medical Center Phoenix (BUMCP) now holds two stroke certifications from the commission.
In 2003, a partnership originated between The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association (AHA) and together...Arizona News
Maricopa isn't the only county seeing more choice in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges this year; Pima County residents have their choice from three health plans, an abundance compared to last year's singular choice, Ambetter from Health Net.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) along with Bright Health will be joining...
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Hundreds of nurses at St. Joseph's and St. Mary's hospital in Tucson voted to unionize and join the largest registered nurses' union in the country--the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC).
The votes were cast via secret ballot and officials from Carondelet Health Network, owner of the hospitals, told the Arizona Daily Star...Arizona News
The personal information of approximately 75,000 people was breached last month after a government run healthcare sign-up system was hacked. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the news on Friday, Oct. 19 just a few weeks before the Affordable Care Act exchange opens up for open enrollment.
CMS administrator...Arizona News
In 2019, after a 140-year tradition serving as Maricopa County's public teaching hospital and safety net healthcare system, Maricopa Integrated Health System will be known as Valleywise Health.
Although still under the oversight of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors and governed by the same mission,...Arizona News
Care1st Health Plan Arizona is a WellCare company which currently serves 184,000 of the state's Medicaid members in eight counties under a new AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) contract.
The company said the regional hub in Phoenix will better serve Medicaid members in Arizona, augment the company's clinical and operational functions...Arizona News
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the average premium for benchmark silver plans in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges dropped by 1.5 percent for the 2019 benefit year - the first premium drop since HealthCare.gov opened for business in 2013.
In Arizona, consumers will have more plans...Arizona News
An Alternative Payment Model (APM) is one way of delivering value-based care, as the shift from traditional fee-for-service to a value-based payment model continues, programs are continuously looking to serve as a catalyst in offering cost-effective, higher-quality care. APMs incentivize this goal and can apply to an episode, condition,...