The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma and Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar are both pushing for Medicare payment reform to better serve patients and put a dent in the $114 billion Medicare spends on kidney...Arizona News
On March 1, the surgical centers known for their minimally invasive procedures abruptly went out of business; its location in Scottsdale was also shuttered along with facilities in Cincinnati, St. Louis and Tampa.
Two class action lawsuits were filed Monday in Tampa federal court on behalf of hundreds of workers who found out they...National News
A new report by Clearwater CyberIntelligence Institute says 70 percent of risky laptop vulnerabilities were caused by endpoint data loss, excessive user permissions and dormant accounts.
After analyzing millions of data risk records over six years from hospitals, IDNs and business associates, Clearwater said laptops rate No. 6 as a...Arizona News
Fresh analytics from the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals the challenges older, middle-income Americans face when purchasing ACA plans without the benefit of a government subsidy to offset premium costs; data from Arizona is sure to raise some eyebrows.
The affordability of individual market premiums for older Americans making more...Arizona Comings & Goings
Arizona's Medicaid agency promoted Shelli Silver to deputy director for health plan operations and named Kristen Challacombe as the agency's deputy director for business operations.
With the agency for more than two decades, Silver was most recently the assistant director for its Division of Health Care Management (DHCM) where...Arizona News
Saying Arizona is a "Pro-Vaccine State", Ducey said he would not sign any bills that could decrease vaccinations. In a rare statement on pending legislation, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey told reporters that because it involves public health, he is letting the people of Arizona that Arizona is "pro-vaccination". This comes after three...National News
HHS released proposed rules for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans in November. On Tuesday February 26th, the Senate took testimony from seven drug company executives.
The pharmaceutical companies placed blame on the Pharmacy Benefit Management companies (PBMs) and warned that if they were to face outrageous solutions to lower...Arizona News
Various insurers, hospitals, and state regulators are encouraging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to continue a practice dubbed "silver loading" in fear that ending the rule would destabilize Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges.
Health insurers typically raise premiums on silver-level exchange plans to recover the...Arizona News
A Boston federal judge ruled in favor of the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and J.P. Morgan healthcare venture on Friday, Feb. 22; in dispute was UnitedHealth’s request for former Optum executive David Smith to stop talking trade secrets he acquired during his time at United. Details on the healthcare conglomerate were also finally...National News
Family planning clinics were never able to use the federal funds for abortions, but now no clinic that perform abortions or refer patients to another facility for the legal medical procedure can receive Title X funds; other new clinic restrictions are also causing concern.
The Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) explains other...Arizona News
Two Arizona hospitals, Florence Hospital at Anthem and Gilbert Hospital, went bankrupt and closed last summer, leaving over 300 former patients without access to their medical records. On Wednesday, Gov. Doug Ducey and a Maricopa County judge intervened, filing an order for temporary reactivation of the hospitals' electronic health...National News
Preliminary data from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission show U.S. hospitals' Medicare margin was negative 9.9% in 2017, compared with negative 9.7% in 2016, according to MedPAC.
Modern Healthcare is reporting that in 2017 Medicare margins for hospitals reached their lowest point in at least a decade. The publication noted that...Arizona News
State health officials reported 10 babies died in 2018 of congenital syphilis and Arizona medical providers are seeing the largest increase of syphilis cases in women and newborns. Officials also declared an outbreak in Dec. 2018.
The Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed the outbreak of syphilis, a bacterial infection that...National News
The mega insurer uses digital data fed from devices including tablets to monitor blood pressure, glucose monitors, fitness trackers and more.
UHC is expanding its use of digital data to help its Medicare Advantage plans better manage members with chronic conditions including diabetes, congestive heart failure, multiple chronic...Arizona News
A new study from Milliman suggests that 577 Medicare Advantage plans are offering at least one or more supplementary benefits offered by long-term care insurance policies. CMS is encouraging Medicare Advantage plans to provide coverage with added benefits that can be seen as an alternative to traditional fee-for-service Medicare...Arizona News
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), statistics on healthcare coverage noted a closure of the gap in the number of people of various races and ethnicity who have health insurance, but a Kaiser Family Foundation brief has highlighted trends indicating that between 2016 and 2017, some groups of color have experienced a stagnation in health...Arizona News
After recent news of a measles outbreak in the U.S., including Arizona, two vaccine-related bills have seen some time in committee. One has not. The bills that have been proposed and discussed include one that will require a physician or administrating provider to inform parents of the risks and benefits of each vaccine, and one...Arizona News
On Friday, Feb. 15, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposal that would require Medicare to offer coverage for CAR-T cell therapy and could take form as a national coverage determination (NCD). The cancer treatment uses a patient's immune system to fight off the illness and currently, local Medicare...National Reports & Surveys
Standalone skilled nursing assets may not have a bright future, if you can believe nearly 250 industry leaders.
The survey was conducted by Lancaster Pollard Mortgage Company which provides a full range of investment banking, mortgage banking, private equity, balance sheet financing and M&A advisory services to healthcare and...Arizona News
Promoted as an "internationally renowned leader in behavioral and mental healthcare," Sierra Tucson is just north of the intersection of Pinal and Pima counties in southern Arizona.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that Elizabeth Breck, a high school teacher and mother of two volunteered for a 30-day program for trauma, checked in mid...Arizona News
Medical records from Florence Hospital at Anthem and Gilbert Hospital can't be accessed by more than 300 patients, including a 21-year-old Arizona woman with a life-threatening pancreatitis.
According to a story from The Arizona Republic, the woman's surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital won't operate without access to scans now...National Reports & Surveys
The survey conducted in January and February 2019 captured 2,021 responses from enrollees who purchased MA, Medicare PartD or Medicare Supplement insurance.
The eHealth report is based on a survey of Medicare enrollees who purchased MA, Medicare PartD, or Medicare supplement plans through websites operated by...National News
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives' petition to intervene in Texas v. Azar, the lawsuit calling into question the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But the Lousiana-based federal court of appeals denied a request filed by blue states to expedite...National News
Early in February the agency proposed options to make patient data more useful and transferable through open, secure, standardized, and machine-readable formats while reducing restrictive burdens on healthcare providers. Its impact will be felt by Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and plans on the exchange.
The agency is proposing to...Arizona News
GT Medical Technologies Inc. secured a total of $10 million in funding during its Series A financing round led by a San Francisco-based venture capital firm, MedTech Venture Partners. The money was raised to help the medical tech company commercialize its radiation therapy technology post-brain operation.
President and CEO of the...