Improving Care Through Data Sharing

Health Current, Arizona’s Health Information Exchange or HIE Dr. Karst at Horizon Health & Wellness remembers when his staff was first able to avoid a needle stick for a frequent, elderly patient of the clinic because of their connection to Arizona’s statewide health information exchange or HIE, Health Current. The staff knew very well both […]

Suicide Rates are Climbing

The recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have focused a lot of attention and driven a lot of discussions about the state of mental health in our country. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that “Suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30% since […]

Uncompensated Care Trends

Results for March 2018 show a marked increase in overall operating income year to date. At the same time, the uncompensated care is continuing to run well below the levels encountered when the enrollment was frozen. The graph below illustrates that uncompensated care rose when the number of childless adults covered by the AHCCCS program […]

#HAVHope Friday

Today is #HAVHope Friday! Check out these three links and be in the know! Spike in violence against nurses 9 Steps Hospitals Can Take Hospitals Against Violence The American Hospital Association (AHA) put together a short video on HAVHope’s Day of awareness. Click on the picture below to watch it! AzHHA is a proud supporter […]

The Mental Health Conversation

Kate Spade’s apparent suicide is driving mental health conversations across our state and across the country. Ms. Spade, a world renowned designer, leaves behind a husband and a 13 year old daughter. Her husband, Andy Spade, released a statement yesterday that read, in part: “Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years,” it read. “She […]

New KFF Resource Tracks Proposed 2019 Marketplace Premiums By State

The Kaiser Family Foundation today launched a tracker to monitor preliminary 2019 premiums in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces as insurers file rate information with state regulators. Beginning with data from eight states (Maine, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington) plus the District of Columbia, the tracker shows preliminary premium information in nine…More […]

Tracking 2019 Premium Changes on ACA Exchanges

This tracker monitors preliminary 2019 premiums in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces as insurers file rate information with state regulators. It shows preliminary premium information in a major city in each available state for the lowest-cost bronze plan and “benchmark” silver plan, which is used to determine the size of the premium tax credits available […]

No Mo Chemo

Thousands of early stage breast cancer survivors may not need chemotherapy. That news comes from a new report just released in the New England Journal of Medicine and it could change the way doctors approach breast cancer treatment. From USA Today: Thousands of women could skip painful and detrimental chemotherapy in treating early-stage breast cancer, […]

New Screening Guidelines

June is men’s health month and what better way to celebrate than with……a colonoscopy? The American Cancer Society just released new guidelines for colon and rectal cancer screenings dropping the recommended age from 50 to 45 years old. Of course, that’s not just for men….it’s for everyone! From USA Today: Most people should start screening tests for […]