A local and national leader on managed Medicaid and healthcare policy, Betlach spent nearly two decades with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona's Medicaid agency; Betlach served nine years as AHCCCS director and eight...
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...
The final 2019 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule with comment period phases in cuts to hospital outpatient clinic visits and bumps ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) average reimbursement rate per procedure by 2.1 percent while hospital outpatient surgery departments get 1.35 percent more next year.
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...Top of The Day
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...Top of The Day
Change Healthcare and ACO Partner reported a 26 percent lower 30-day readmission rate for participating providers and a 28 percent reduction in all cause readmission rates than a non-participant cohort in its first year. ACO partner is operated by Change Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.
It is first complete plan...Top of The Day
The bill includes support for research to find new, non-addictive pain relieving drugs and expanding access to substance abuse treatment for Medicaid patients.
According to CNN, the White House on Wednesday also announced public-private partnerships with Amazon, Belden Industries, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, CVS Health, Dispose...Top of The Day
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,...Top of The Day
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...Top of The Day
Michael Groeger joins BCBSAZ from Banner-Aetna, where he led the national employer solutions team. Groeger will lead the local insurer's sales team on his home turf, with more than 20 years of experience, Groeger has spent his entire career working in the Arizona health insurance industry.
He also previously served as chief...Top of The Day
Hospitals say getting paid for previously uninsured folks has saved them from potential closure. The Goldwater Institute says hospitals are raking in the dough by also raising rates on the commercial side.The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) publishes a report that tracks uncompensated care trends for Arizona...Top of The Day
The largest orthopedic practice in Arizona adds to its facility list a 6,500 square foot space hosting all orthopedic specialties in the Northeast Valley at 90th Street and Shea Blvd.
In addition to its practice locations, The CORE Institute has physical therapy locations, two spine centers and an orthopedic specialty hospital.
Solve.Care's blockchain technology and digital currency is adopted by a leading accountable care organization.
The Care.Wallet's physician app displays provider quality data and metrics while tracking overall performance and rewards earned. The application uses Care.Cards within the blockchain system which sync and provide real time...
CNSI, a health information technology (IT) company based in Maryland, developed the nation's first automated real time and cloud based Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) in Michigan.
The initial term of the contract will be for three years, with two, one-year options to extend, not to exceed five years.
The Sun City hospital was already expecting a $60.4 million new emergency room, but last week Banner Health's board of directors also approved construction of a new $46 million, six-story patient tower.
Banner Health and Sun Health Foundation are partnering to fund the construction of the new 40,000 square foot emergency department;...
Dr. Whelan now has oversight of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – University Medical Center South, dozens of clinics, the Banner – University Medical Group physician practice plan in Tucson and more than 6,000 Banner Health employees in Southern Arizona.
In a press release, Banner touts Whelan's decades...
At issue is the CMS rulemaking process and whether the agency must use notice and comment rather than issue its own interpretations of federal law.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a 2017 court ruling by Federal Appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh after he ruled that when CMS changed its Medicare payment formula for...
The two-week extension comes after targeted review by clinicians, groups, and APMS reviewed their MIPS payment adjustment factor(s),and determined errors in the program's payment adjustment calculation.
Concerned included the application of the 2017 Advancing Care Information (ACI) and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances...Top of The Day
Arizona's Medicaid agency identified significant concerns regarding the data submitted by HCA as well as, "HCA's lack of attention to, and focus on," the audit, which was used to evaluate immunizations to members before age 2 in compliance with childhood immunization reporting requirements.
It's not the first time AHCCCS has penalized...Top of The Day
The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers begin providing weekly talking points on the ACA marketplace.
With just $10 million for marketing and outreach available from the federal government for this year's open enrollment on HealthCare.gov (90 percent below the fed's 2017 investment) spreading the word locally and ensuring a...