Free family fun festival to make it easy to enroll in health insurance before December deadlines.
The deadline for enrolling in 2018 marketplace coverage created by the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is at midnight Dec. 15. The...Arizona Comings & Goings
Lisa Stevens Anderson joined Equality Health and is now chief operating officer of Q Point - a subsidiary of Equality Health. Anderson was formerly the CEO of Banner Health Network. ...Arizona Comings & Goings
Michell Zack is now vice president of contracting and payer relations for Providence St. Joseph Health in California, Texas and New Mexico. Zack was former vice president of network management for Cigna.Arizona Comings & Goings
Opioid deaths double and border seizures of smuggled fentanyl up 600 percent over last year.
Nearly 140 pounds of the synthetic opioid were seized this year at Arizona’s ports, enough deadly doses for almost 32 million adults, and enough to make traffickers up to $1.3 billion.
More than half, 550 pounds, of the 950 pounds total...Arizona News
In bondholder documents, Banner Health reports revenues of $5.84 billion for first nine months of 2017, up 2.7% from same period last year.Also reported were increased expenses of $5.65 billion, up 2.4%. Operating income was up 12.1% at $191.2 million, versus $170.5 from the same period in 2016. Net income went from $182.5 to $500.5...Arizona News
Kapoor is the founder and former CEO of Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics.
The Arizona Republic reports Kapoor was arrested in Phoenix last month and indicted in federal court in Boston. He is charged with racketeering, mail fraud and wire fraud. Federal prosecutors allege company officials conspired with doctors and other medical...Arizona News
$1 million donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic will support preventive and emergency oral health care for underserved children and adults for the next 10 years.
The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the foundation's mission is to improve oral health for underserved and uninsured groups and communities. Since 2006,...National News
While the Affordable Care Act’s fifth open enrollment season is off to a surprisingly good start, many uninsured people said they weren’t even aware of it, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey.
Kaiser Health News reports open enrollment started Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15 in most states. Advocates fear enrollment...National News
The Republican tax plans are looking a lot more like health-care bills, with provisions that may affect coverage and increase medical expenses for millions of families.
Bloomberg reports the House version of the tax bill would end a deduction that allows families of disabled children and elderly people to write off large medical...Arizona News
The City Council voted 8-0 Wednesday to take legal action against drug manufacturers and distributors to recoup some of the money the city has spent fighting the opioid epidemic.
More than 500 Arizonans have died of suspected opioid-related death since June 15, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
In June, Gov....National News
The American population aged 65 and older is expected to more than double from 46 million today to more than 98 million by 2060.
This growth, along with the increasing number of people with disabilities and dementia in a crisis of housing affordability, will have profound public health and housing implications...News
Plaintiff Goldwater Institute said the money the legislature used to fund the expanded Medicaid program was actually a tax and should have received a two-thirds vote that the state constitution requires of all revenue-raising measures.
The Phoenix Business Journal quotes Greg Vigdor, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and...National News
Thousands of businesses, many of them small or midsize, will soon receive a letter saying that they owe the government money because they failed to offer their workers qualifying health insurance.
The first round of notices are being mailed to companies that have at least 100 full-time employees and ran afoul of the law in 2015, the...
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Currently, only people younger than 21 on AHCCCS are covered for chiropractic care.
Wayne Bennett, a Prescott chiropractor, said one of the most frustrating parts of his job is encountering AHCCCS patients with chronic pain who can't access chiropractic care because they can't afford it.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that...National News
Azar, 50, a lawyer by training, has spent most of the last 10 years with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, rising to president of its key U.S. affiliate before leaving in January to start his own consulting firm.
Tapped to replace the last HHS Secretary, Tom Price, who resigned amid controversy, Azar has history at HHS; having served in...
Arizona Care Network (ACN) manages 105,000 Mercy Care Plan (MCP) and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC) beneficiaries using a "high touch" model to produce savings and improved outcomes.
Personalized care begins with with data.
From the wonky; Arizona Medicaid beneficiaries with reported behavioral health needs or a serious...
In its bulletin, the administration said agents and brokers who are registered with the federal marketplace can “get sales leads” and new clients.
The New York Times reports the administration said in a recent bulletin that it was “increasing partnerships” with insurance agents and viewed them as “important stakeholders”...National News
Otsuka Pharmaceutical created the first pill embedded with a sensor that can alert a patient’s physician or caregiver when it’s been ingested.
It is an upgraded version of Abilify, the antipsychotic drug first approved 15 years ago to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Otsuka collaborated with Proteus Digital...
Value-based payment arrangements have found lower spending growth extremely challenging.
Dartmouth Institute Professors Valerie Lewis, Elliott Fisher, and Carrie Colla, in a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine offer four explanations -- two economic and two organizational - as to why the nearly 1,000...
Accenture study shows 91% of patients want to know out-of-pocket costs, only 25% of providers can provide the estimates.
HealthLeaders Media reports providers shouldn’t be afraid of sharing cost estimate information—the majority of patients aren’t using it to shop around, but rather to better plan their budgets, and 60% of...