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...News
A longtime leader on health issues in the Arizona legislature, Barto talked with the Sate of Reform about the issues she expects to be talking about this session.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview with Rep. Barto who represents a portion of Northeastern Maricopa County. Her comments on new health insurance options, including...News
On Friday, January 15, 2019 the non-profit system broke ground on its first rehab hospital under a joint venture partnership agreement with Select Medical that includes new facilities in metro Phoenix, West Valley and East Valley.
The new facility, Banner Rehabilitation Hospital – Phoenix, will cover 71,480 square-foot and three...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...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...News
Expect facility renovations at Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) including an expanded trauma center and new off-site facilities across the region, including urgent care in the city's eastern region.
Northern Arizona Healthcare's (NAH) "New Era Strategic Plan" is a three-year plan to spread funding across the NAH family including FMC,...News
Health Current, Arizona's health information exchange (HIE) met the challenge early. Beginning in 2016, the state's three regional behavioral health authorities (RBHAs) joined and now nearly 80 behavioral health providers in the state are connected as HIE participants.
This week The Bipartisan Policy Center released the paper,...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...News
Deanna Wise joined Arizona's largest healthcare system on January 28, she previously was the CIO for Dignity Health.
According to the Banner, Wise will oversee the development and implementation of key technologies and strategies within the organization's information technology division. She joins Banner's executive...News
In a competitive field, UnitedHealthcare Pacificare (AARP) retains its lead following the Medicare Advantage open enrollment period that closed December 7, 2018 for the 2019 plan year.
CMS released January 2019 enrollments - MA enrollment in Arizona rose to 513,744, a 6% increase. This marks the first time Arizona has gone over the...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...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...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...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...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...
Our January Newsletter features the Top 10 stories of 2018 selected by our members. The collection is based on our top news posts of the year and is designed to provide our members with a comprehensive rearview look at the big healthcare stories impacting the Arizona market in...
On Friday, January 18, The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) received 1115 Waiver Amendment approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to begin implementing work requirements next year - the move is predicted to impact about 120,000 able bodied AHCCCS members ages 19 to 49; beginning April 2019...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...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...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...