Regional, rural hospitals across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic are warning of the financial difficulties associated with maintaining the demands of the crisis while losing revenue from other sources.
Hospitals South of Tucson are already signaling they will require financial relief if they are to remain open and...National News
Last week, the health insurance marketplace for the state of California released an actuarial brief projecting that testing and treatment COVID-19 costs for the national commercial medical market could range from $34 billion to $251 billion; projections also include premium increases to individuals and employers ranging from 4% to...Arizona News
According to data tracking by the Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the vast majority of patients testing positive for the coronavirus are under the age of 65, with an equal number of hospitalized patients under the age of 65 as over. As of April 1st, 79 people are hospitalized with...Arizona News
This week, four major insurers announced plans to alleviate financial burdens on patients for COVID-19 treatments.
In addition to sweeping pledges made by most companies to waive bills for coronavirus testing two weeks ago, Cigna, Humana, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare (UHC) introduced plans that would waive consumer costs entirely or...CMS Rules
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding its accelerated and advanced payment program for Medicare providers to support hospitals and doctors on the front lines of the rapidly spreading, global pandemic.
Taking advantage of the recently established Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security...Arizona News
The coronavirus pandemic poses a myriad of problems for healthcare entities across the country and many see telemedicine as a solution to some of them.
Providers have been gradually implementing telemedicine services slowly for years. But as the need for separation between people has become suddenly paramount, the pace of its...Arizona News
The coronavirus outbreak is putting unprecedented strain on local and national economies across the world, and Arizona’s healthcare-centric small businesses are feeling the effects.
Even as money is poured into the healthcare sector to fight the virus, many corners of the industry are hurting. The healthcare landscape has...National News
Officials in the Trump administration are weighing the possibility of opening a special enrollment period to expand coverage to uninsured persons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The unemployment rate has spiked due to the coronavirus, leaving anywhere between 500,000 and 5 million people suddenly without insurance. Arizona currently has...Arizona News
Hospitals and providers participating in Medicare quality value-based purchasing programs received unprecedented relief on Sunday from a Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement that relaxes reporting requirements and extends data submission deadlines.
The action is part of the Trump Administration's response...Arizona News
A man has died and his wife is receiving critical care after both ingested chloroquine phosphate in an attempt to prevent contracting COVID-19.
Chloroquine is used to treat and prevent malaria, whereas chloroquine phosphate is an additive used to clean fish tanks. Experts at Banner Health are warning the public against...Arizona News
The Arizona Department of Health Services at AZDHS.gov has continuously updated data on the state-level, including the number of positive, pending, ruled out and number of tested cases. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) is providing up-to-the-minute reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak globally as well as specific data breakdowns for each...Arizona News
Emergency Declarations on the federal and state levels can potentially cause discrepancies in coverage for both private providers and state-provided coverage services like Medicare and Medicaid. Following these declarations, both private insurance companies and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance for...Arizona News
As Arizona braces for an escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak, Banner Health and other hospitals are reckoning with the possibility of significant resource shortages.
A side by side comparison of Arizona hospital beds and CDC projections paints a dire picture.
On Monday, Holly Ward of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare...News
Three major hospital groups penned a letter, addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging Congress to suspend the mandated Medicare sequester for the duration of the pandemic.
Established by the Budget Control Act in 2011, the federal sequester cuts government spending by more than $1 trillion for the 2021 fiscal year and it would...Arizona News
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's Emergency Declaration on March 11 provides the state with tools to combat the spread of the coronavirus and the Executive Order is designed to protect Arizona's high-risk population. Arizona lawmakers also approved $55 million to ADHS and the Centers for Disease Control pledged $12.4 million to support...Arizona News
As American hospitals stare down the coronavirus, health care workers worry about their employers’ preparedness and their own personal safety.
The global coronavirus threat escalated last week as cases soared and spread to new countries, the CDC announced its inevitable proliferation into the US, and financial markets crashed...