The pace slowed compared to the previous two years as demand for drugs, hospital care and physician services weakened.
The analysis from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) showed a shift from the...Top of The Day
Legislative authorization would allow dental therapists to perform basic dental work, such as filling cavities.
The Arizona Dental Association opposed the idea this year and last year. Recently the Arizona Legislature's Health Committee of Reference voted 5-4 in favor of allowing the Arizona Legislature to consider a bill to allow...Top of The Day
Attend a free public preview of Banner — University Medicine North.
The Arizona Daily Star reports the three-floor Banner – University Medicine North occupies 13 acres at 3838 N. Campbell Ave., just east of the cancer center. The clinic, which officially opens Dec. 28, was designed to replace a multitude of cramped and aging...Top of The Day
New hospital in Ireland may confuse patients, jeopardizing health.
Under construction in Dublin, "Phoenix Children's Hospital Ireland," was named after the mythical bird symbolizing renewal, hope and optimism. It will combine three medical centers into one national children's hospital when it opens in 2022.
After unsuccessfully...Top of The Day
Snyder brings 20 years of public and private sector health care experience to her new role.
She has been serving as the Medicaid director for the state of Texas in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, overseeing a $29 billion program serving 4.7 million people. At AHCCCS she will oversee daily administrative and program...Top of The Day
The move creates the largest non-profit health system in the nation.
The agreement announced today creates a system across 28 states that includes more than 700 care sites, 139 hospitals with approximately 159,000 employees plus 25,000 physicians and specialists.
Retaining their leadership positions is Kevin E. Lofton, chief...Top of The Day
DaVita is one of the largest doctor groups in the nation.
The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and was entered into on December 5, 2017.
UnitedHealth's Optum health-services division has been gobbling up physician practices and this recent agreement comes on the heals of Rx giant CVS Health's $69 billion deal to buy...Top of The Day
Prescription drug spending is a billion dollar expense for insurers and self-insured employers.
Allying with a pharmacy benefit manager may be tempting when looking at discounts, annual drug savings, promotion of generic drugs and cheaper prescription alternatives. They can also help payers facilitate enhanced care delivery....Top of The Day
The AHCCCS insurer manages the care for 156,000 Medicaid patients and expects the agreement will expand its provider network, enhance services and better meet the care needs of its culturally diverse members.
Using Equality Health's proprietary CareEmpower platform to manage patient health information and a network of doctors trained...Top of The Day
The Health Care Transformation Task Force examined ACOs in Medicare programs to find scalable and generally applicable strategies for success reducing costs and improving care quality.
Creating a high-value culture, engaging in proactive population health management, and implementing an infrastructure that promotes continuous...Top of The Day
Payer-pharmaceutical alliances may be powerful if the right partners are involved.
The CVS-Aetna deal creates the first health-care triple threat, combining CVS' pharmacy and pharmacy benefits manager platform with Aetna's insurance business. The threat to pharmacies-or those that own them-is the way in which the two will leverage...Top of The Day
Health Current, Arizona's health information exchange, has awarded its 2017 "Health IT Awards".
The Health IT Awards recognize an individual and an organization that has demonstrated leadership in advancing health IT and made a significant, positive impact on their local communities.
The Health Current 2017 Health IT Awards...Top of The Day
The Senate version touched on many issues besides taxes.
The Senate tax bill must still be reconciled with House legislation that does not include the mandate’s repeal. But that is unlikely to be a major issue, given support in the GOP conference for repealing the mandate.
No Democrats in either chamber voted for the GOP tax...
Governor Doug Ducey's proposal, to be submitted later this month, will be scaled back from the one federal officials rejected last year.
The governor is offering new exceptions and a limit on how much time someone needs to spend on a job or in training each week to keep receiving benefits.
Something else is different: The people...
Senators voted 52-48 to take up the House-passed legislation, which is being used as a vehicle for the Senate bill.
The party-line vote was an important victory for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump. But it was not a guarantee of ultimate success, as several Republican lawmakers agreed to open debate on the bill so...Top of The Day
Shorter open enrollment period, much less outreach funding, less convenient online access all lead to dire predictions.
In spite of surveys indicating 30 percent of Americans were unaware of the open enrollment for the ACA market place record numbers of people are signing up.
Through the first 18 days, nearly 2.3 million people...Top of The Day
The report concludes that the VA provided inadequate oversight and calls into question the extent to which VA medical centers are held accountable for ensuring that veterans receive safe, high quality care.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center (VAMC) officials are responsible for reviewing the clinical care delivered...Top of The Day
Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy offers the sixth annual dental event Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9
At Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, organizers hope to help about 2,000 people — both adults and children. The help is free — first come, first served — and no identification or other documentation is...
Congress failed to authorize funding for 24,000 children of Arizona’s working poor by October 1.
Arizona Medicaid officials are preparing to implement a contingency plan. Use other cash Arizona gets from the federal government for its separate traditional Medicaid plan to pay the premiums for children in the KidsCare...
The plan designs were touted as promoting price shopping and cost discussions with doctors.
A study published in Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine, based on a national poll of 1,637 adults under age 65 who had High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) for at least a year, provides new insight into the behavior of...