A new study released last month by the Georgetown Center on Health Insurance Reforms dove into states and their experience overseeing short-term insurance, which expanded from three to 12 months under the Trump administration. The study found that...National News
Providing data insights that drive operational changes and improve organizational agility in the midst of changing payment and delivery models requires confidence. A Kaufman Hall survey of healthcare executives charged with performance management representing more than 160 hospitals, health systems and organizations reveals insights of...National News
According to a widely reported May 2018 study, "The Price Ain’t Right? Hospital Prices and Health Spending on the Privately Insured," researchers found hospital prices rather than physician charges drove healthcare spending growth for the privately insured.
The authors of the study argue that because most healthcare pricing data...National News
In December, a 29-year-old woman in a vegetative state for over a decade gave birth to a baby boy and initiated a rape investigation that bled into the new year. Last week, Gov. Doug Ducey called for a "complete replacement" of the board at Hacienda Healthcare. Now that the alleged perpetrator, Nathan Sutherland, has been arrested,...National News
The Trump administration may have met defeat in repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the steps taken over the last two years to dismantle the legislation prove there are ramifications. The latest Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, published last week highlighted a 2.8 percentage-point increase since 2016 in the...National News
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces its consideration to add coverage for acupuncture under the Medicare program for chronic lower back pain. The consideration for acupuncture comes in light of the opioid epidemic spreading across the country and the evidence behind effectiveness for non-drug treatments of a...National News
When it comes to business, the consumer is king. A great product can be sent to its demise if it is unsuccessful among consumers. Personal consumption is one of the four components of GDP and makes up the largest percentage accounting for almost 70 percent. Unsurprising is the healthcare industry's consistency as one of the least...National News
In a press release issued Jan. 18, the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) announced that Centurion of Arizona was awarded the contract to deliver healthcare to inmates at 10 state-run prisons. Corizon previously held the contract and received a per diem increase in May of 2018, increasing the contract by $32.6 million following the...National News
On Jan. 17, Pima County and the City of Tucson filed lawsuits in Pima County Superior Court for the drugmakers' role in the opioid crisis. The municipal and county duo are the latest to sue the firms, including the Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics; more than 1,500 local and state governments have filed complaints against drug...National News
Phoenix Police arrested licensed practical nurse Nathan Sutherland, 36, on charges of rape Wednesday morning after his DNA matched the baby recently born to an incapacitated patient while in the care of Hacienda Healthcare. Other fall out from the attack included the resignations of Hacienda's CEO and the patient's physician - a second...National News
The agency's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced updates to the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model along with a brand new Part D Payment Modernization Model.
The VBID model was launched in 2017, the update announced last Friday is designed to further reduce Medicare costs, enhance the quality of care...National News
On Jan. 18, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey released a frugal state budget that focuses more on saving to maintain a surplus rather than deficit come the next recession - a rainy day fund of sorts. In his proposal Ducey argues for the state to begin picking up some of the slack when it comes to healthcare for children of lower-income working...National News
Cigna announced it is undertaking a major business expansion in the Medicare Advantage space at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference. Big name companies in the health insurance market are also looking to expand into other regions to offer more of their Medicare Advantage benefits.
Cigna CEO David Cordani commented on the expansion...National News
Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is joining Republican colleagues in a co-sponsored bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) health insurance tax, an annual fee imposed on providers. Amidst the nationwide, partisan ACA debates, a joint effort to dismantle a piece of the Obama-era legislation is an anomaly of...National News
A federal judge in Philadelphia conceded to requests from a dozen states to temporarily block the Trump administration's motion that would make it more difficult for women to receive coverage for contraceptives by allowing employers to deny based on moral or religious grounds. On Monday U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone put a...
As the crusade for gender equality continues along with the proliferation of non-traditional careers, Dr. Julie Hall-Barrow, senior vice president of Network Development and Innovation at Children's Health in Dallas, is utilizing innovation in the IT space to remove barriers to care and she said being a woman in IT was not an...
The healthcare giant which operates UnitedHealthcare and Optum thinks 2019 will be even better, projecting annual revenues of more than $240 billion.
UnitedHealthGroup's Q4 earning report was released Jan. 15 and showed a 12 percent year-over-year growth in revenue, not a surprise it grew by 2.4 million lives and continues its reign...National News
Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the administration is quietly designing new guidelines to overhaul Medicaid using the state waiver process.
The plan is to expand the waiver process available to state Medicaid programs to include block grant funding, a long favored approach by Republicans to curb federal spending, which funds...National News
Health insurers are tasked with the job of sending the government detailed cost forecasts for the following year to provide prescription drug benefits to millions of Medicare beneficiaries across the country. A Wall Street Journal investigation uncovered that the same insurers reeled in $9.1 billion thanks to discrepancies between...National News
All residents would receive direct access to NYC Care services and the program is priced on a sliding scale. Offerings are slated to launch this summer in the Bronx and be fully rolled out to all the city's five boroughs by 2021.
Two programs available: NYC Care, for those city residents ineligible for health insurance, and the city's...