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...News
Last month, U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver appointed an expert to examine the state's compliance with the changes ordered in the settlement; Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Charles Ryan is appealing the designation of Dr. Marc Stern to the case.
Dr. Stern was appointed by presiding Judge Silver in light of complaints...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...News
Critics say the quick turnaround for applications after the program's recent overhaul to greater risk is cause for concern and are advocating CMS extend its application window and push back the deadline.
The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) and America's Physician Groups (APG) both complain ACOs are still responding to the...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...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...News
More Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the Pathways to Success - the newly branded MSSP program - will have the option to waive the rule requiring three-day inpatient stays before transferring patients to a skilled nursing facility (SNF).
This week's guidance from CMS applies to waivers that take effect July 1,...News
Northwest Healthcare is building a new hospital on Tucson's southeast side; plans include a 183,000 square foot facility with 70 beds.
Company officials predict the project could have an economic impact of more than $500 million over the next five years.
The hospital's grand opening is slated to be sometime in 2021. The...News
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, police served Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix with a search warrant to get DNA from all male employees after a woman who was in a vegetative state for 14 years gave birth on Dec. 29, 2018. The CEO of Hacienda Healthcare stepped down.
CEO Bill Timmons resigned as a police investigation began into the rape and...News
Legislation requiring Arizona women seeking abortions to be asked to provide a specific reason why she wants the procedure took effect Jan. 1, 2019. Gov. Doug Ducey signed the controversial Senate Bill 1394 in April last year.
While women are not required to provide an answer, pro-choice groups are worried this law will discourage...News
Director of the agency Mary Mayhew resigned last week after three months on the job; Chris Traylor is now acting director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), he was hired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last year as deputy administrator for strategic initiatives.
Inside Health Policy notes...News
Prior to the new year, the co-editors-in-chief of the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) hosted a podcast recapping 2018 and forecasting 2019 healthcare headliners. Mark Fendrick, MD and Michael Chernew, PhD, talked everything from their favorite papers published in the past year to the future of payment models in Medicare and the...News
In a project to offer physicians automatic diagnoses alerts upon completion of medical imaging, Intel and GE Health are in collaboration in an attempt to save time between imaging, diagnosis and the start of treatment.
Senior VP of Edison Portfolio Strategy Keith Bigelow at GE Healthcare explained that medical imaging is the largest...News
Many companies in 2018 sought a slice of the healthcare pie, including e-commerce titan Amazon, resulting in a massive conglomerate deal with J.P. Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway. Tech-giant Apple began to carve its own path in the industry and 2018 also became one of healthcare's biggest years for mergers and acquisitions.
Always available upon request, prices for procedures are now posted online to encourage patients to exercise their healthcare literacy to make market decisions - first lesson: it's not what you'll pay.
Because the list price isn't what price your insurance company pays, critics say CMS' new rule may not be effective when it comes to...News
University of Arizona College of Nursing clinical instructor Sheri Carson was named Arizona Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year for her work toward creating a more effective screening program for abused children.
Senior lecturer at UA's College of Nursing Mary O'Connell nominated Carson due, in part, to her research concerning...News
Budget requests from the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services (ADHS) and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) were received by the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning & Budgeting and will lay the foundation for budget negotiations in the New Year.
ADHS asking for $474.8 million
Pima Community Access Program (PCAP) helped low-income community members in Southern and Southeastern Arizona access quality, affordable health insurance options; all PCAP inquiries are now forwarded to the El Rio Health Center's outreach and enrollment department.
The not-for-profit organization provided access to professional...News
In a Dec. 20 letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the national insurance advocacy group, American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), said pass through funding should not be available to subsidize the purchase of alternatives to individual market health insurance, including short-term limited duration insurance.
AHIP was providing...