Family physician Patrick Rankin, M.D. first joined BMG in November 2017 as a physician executive for Arizona West and replaces Mystie Johnson-Foote M.D., who retired from the role in February.
Previously, Dr. Rankin was a chief...Top of The Day
Trump's budget proposal suggested CMS assess clinician performance using claims data and patient surveys, eliminating the need for physicians to report.
MIPS is one of two payment tracks established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which lays out how Medicare, the largest payer in the United States,...Top of The Day
A bill that would make dental therapists a new layer of licensed professional in Arizona is moving forward in the state Legislature.
This new level of care would fall between the work done by a dental hygienist and a dentist. Dental therapists would be trained to fill cavities, leaving more complex cases such as crowns and root canals...Top of The Day
There is a big difference between an urgent care visit and an emergency department visit.
The Arizona Republic reports Steve Farquhar thought he had sought care at an urgent-care clinic near his Ahwatukee home last month to get medicine for his flu. When he got the bill, he learned it was a hospital.
He was billed $2,169 by the...Top of The Day
House Bill 2322, sponsored by Rep. Heather Carter, puts pressure on Arizona insurers to accelerate the process and approve or deny credentials within 90 days and load providers into their billing systems within 10 days of approval.
Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) advocates for the bill's passage,...Top of The Day
The news and analysis section of the insurer's website leads with the headline: "Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story - our response to recent media coverage."
In an effort to discredit a recent CNN story that launched two state insurance commissioners to question its claims, prior authorization, utilization review and...
Attention focused after a former Aetna medical director admitted he never reviewed patient medical records when deciding whether to authorize treatment.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones confirmed he is launching an investigation into Aetna's processes in denying claims and requests for prior authorization for care, as...
Purdue Pharma LP said on Saturday that it will stop promoting opioids to physicians, following widespread criticism of the ways that drugmakers market addictive painkillers.
Purdue and other drugmakers have been fighting lawsuits by states, counties and cities that have accused them of pushing addictive painkillers through deceptive...Top of The Day
Hospital prices increased 2.2 percent in December, the fastest rate in four years, according to an analysis by Altarum, a nonprofit health-care research organization.
The group analyzes data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources to estimate the underlying prices that health plans and consumers pay for medical goods...Top of The Day
PCH has earned the top rating of three stars from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) based on congenital cardiothoracic surgery outcomes data for the period from July 2013 through June 2017.
The Cardiothoracic Surgery team at Phoenix Children's is one of just 11 programs in North America to earn this ranking out of 118...Top of The Day
Medicare Advantage enrollment is projected to rise to 38 million, or 50% market penetration, by the end of 2025.
Anthem, Humana and WellCare Health Plans are signaling plans to aggressively grow their Medicare Advantage businesses with the help of mergers and acquisitions. The three health insurers are in a competitive battle with...Top of The Day
The online retailer is pushing hard to create a marketplace where hospitals could shop to stock emergency rooms, operating suites and outpatient facilities from sutures to hip implants.
Amazon recently dispatched employees to a large Midwestern hospital system, where hospital officials are testing whether they can use Amazon Business...Top of The Day
Kellogg hired as Regional Vice President, Provider Experience for the Central West Region. Kellogg will be responsible for oversight of Humana’s Commercial and Medicare provider networks in Humana’s Central West Region, which encompasses Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. In this role, he will be responsible for building...Top of The Day
Banner Health has been preparing to transition its Tucson facilities from Epic to the Cerner EHR, which is used by the rest of the health system, since it entered the Tucson market in 2015.
Difficulties arise from a $45 million conversion to a new EHR — electronic health records — platform. The conversion is the second new EHR...Top of The Day
The Human Rights Watch report makes the claim that the overmedication of antipsychotics in nursing homes has become an epidemic.
The report quotes Walter L., a Texas nursing home patient who was given antipsychotics. “Too many times I’m given too many pills…, I can’t even talk. I have a thick tongue when they do that. I ask...Top of The Day
In 2016, Mohave County had more opioid prescriptions than people.The vast rural county in northwest Arizona dispensed 127.5 opioid prescriptions per 100 residents that year, making it Arizona's most prolific county by that measure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC data shows that Arizona's rate of...Top of The Day
In a Washington Post opinion piece, the CMS Administrator shares her vision.
Americans are among the most generous people in the world. While this nation was founded on the pursuit of a shared dream, the moral pledge of the American people has been to never leave behind our most vulnerable fellow citizens.
Our aim is...Top of The Day
The Community Health Center (CHC) program serves people at nearly 10,000 nonprofit clinics nationwide, almost all of which are in low-income rural and urban areas.
Kaiser Health News reports Congress has allocated $3.6 billion annually to the health centers in recent years. That is about 20 percent of the centers’ budgets—much of...Top of The Day
Exempted from the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty, they've grown from 150,000 to 1.1 million enrollees.
These ministries have limited government oversight and have far more freedom to reject applicants with pre-existing conditions or claims that don't meet moral standards. Experts warn that the growth of these...Top of The Day
Aurora operates psychiatric hospitals in California, Illinois, Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada and Texas.
The suit was filed in Sonoma County Superior Court on behalf of Teresa Brooke, the former Chief Nursing Officer at Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital, an acute psychiatric facility in Sonoma County operated by the two companies.