Banner Health began construction and is full-steam ahead with new 245,000 square foot Chandler medical facility. The four-story hospital, Banner Ocotillo Medical Center will set the health system back $155 million, providing patients with...Arizona News
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) and Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) will be continuing their provider relationship with a new three-year contract. The initial contract deadline was extended to make room for negotiations, but an agreement was reached.
PCH will continue to be part of the provider network for BCBSAZ...Arizona News
A report by CBRE, commercial real estate and investment firm, reveals the number of outpatient facilities are on the rise, with a 51 percent increase from 2005 to 2016. The firm's research identifies a surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a cause of lower-cost outpatient centers.
The absorption rate in areas such as...Arizona News
There may be more health plan choices in individual markets, but narrow networks are squeezing enrollees when it comes to physician choice. An Avalere analysis found that narrow network plans make up almost 75 percent of the exchange market, which means restricted choices when it comes to doctors and hospitals within a health plan's list...Arizona News
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) still has $1.6 billion to collect in Medicaid overpayments, news revealed through Office of Inspector General (OIG) audits. A new December OIG report explains that CMS's timely recovery of overpayments helps to confirm that federal funds are being used effectively and...Arizona News
NextGen Healthcare Inc. recently launched their Health Data Hub, which will be presented at the upcoming J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, CA. The hub is a cloud-based Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform, enabling sharing and compiling of patient health data.
In a press release, CEO of Arizona's Health...Arizona News
If successful, the merger would create one of the largest urgent care providers in the country with 251 clinics across 10 states; FastMed now has 110 clinics (31 in Arizona) and NextCare operates 141 urgent care facilities (42 in Arizona).
In its clinics, FastMed offers a range of acute/episodic and preventive healthcare services,...Arizona News
A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional on Friday, leaving those enrolled in the ACA uncertain in terms of the law's future. No changes will be made to the 2010 act that is still law as appeals are being filed, the case does have the possibility of reaching the U.S. Supreme...Arizona News
As the enrollment period comes to an end for HealthCare.gov on Dec. 15, total Arizona enrollment for week five closed with 55,090 plan selections - down from 2017's week five enrollment toal of 67,266.
The 39 states using HealthCare.gov reported 773,250 plan selections in week five and a total of about 3.2 million sign ups nationally...Arizona News
UnitedHealth Group launched its concierge service, Navigate4Me just last year. The insurer already significantly expanded the services it offers to its Medicare Advantage enrollees.
The service started with just 12 navigators and has expanded to over 800 consisting of nurses and customer service advocates supporting 215,000...Arizona News
A new report by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) found that the number of Arizona Medicaid beneficiaries using emergency department services for non-emergencies has decreased over the past few years. From 2012 to 2017, the agency concluded that non-emergency coded visits decreased by 8.6 percent.
The coding...Arizona News
U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver, the judge presiding over the Parsons v. Ryan settlement regarding the quality of inmate healthcare in Arizona prisons, appointed an expert on Thursday to examine if the state is complying with the changes ordered in the settlement agreement.
Non-compliance has been a perpetual problem in the...Arizona News
MDIG now has an agreement to provide sub-specialty diagnostic, vascular and interventional radiology services to three Steward hospitals in the state: Luke's Behavioral Health Center, St. Luke's Medical Center, and Mountain Vista Medical Center.
Effective December 1st, 2018MDIG will be the exclusive professional radiology services...Arizona News
Two unnamed Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) in Arizona showed significant access control and configuration vulnerabilities in a Nov. 23 security review by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Officials identified 19 different security flaws, suggesting other state MCOs could also be susceptible to risk.
The OIG...Arizona News
Arizona’s State House Health and Human Services Committee got an influx of new representatives and is still dominated by the GOP. The State Senate Health and Human Services Committee also released its 2019 roster with six new names.
Rep. Nancy Barto (R) will serve as the chair of the House committee and is a new member but no...Arizona News
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released four State Empowerment and Relief waiver concepts for states to utilize under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) section 1332. CMS aims to encourage innovation and reduce burdens with the waivers, an action commended by Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Alex...Arizona News
Insurance is evolving and Minneapolis-based Bright Health is a testament to the confidence shift toward technology-centered insurers. The healthcare startup just closed its largest funding round yet, totaling $200 million, a series C pool of capital that raised more money than expected.
Bright Health may be new in an industry...Arizona News
On Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to lower prescription drug costs for beneficiaries by making changes to Medicare Part D. The proposal could give insurers negotiating powers on drug prices by offering an expectation that plans would implement broader use of prior authorization (PA)...Arizona News
The new, revolutionary treatment is only available at 175 hospitals across the nation.
This week, The Wall Street Journal reported on the challenges stroke victims face when a comprehensive stroke center isn't in the neighborhood.
Quoting Ryan McTaggart, director of interventional neuroradiology at Rhode Island Hospital,
There is...Arizona News
Democrats took the House during midterm elections, leaving a divided Congress to take on legislation. Healthcare policies and ideas were big ticket items on the campaign trail and Democrats are eager to implement their plans.
According to a CNN's exit polling, 41 percent of respondents said healthcare was the most important issue...