Prep for Open Enrollment

by Stephanie Waldrop

For many, open enrollment is a dreaded time of year. With more than 20 years of open enrollment seasons under my belt, I have experienced my fair share of employers calling me in crisis because they just received their insurance renewals and do not have a good plan of action. The problem with this approach is that it leaves little time to properly plan for success. This year … [More]

The Benefits of Adopting an Integrated Model of Care

by Dr. Vanna Campion

Health and wellness have become the buzzwords in the workplace. Employees are making their health and well-being a key area of focus, with 62% of respondents in a recent Paychex survey strongly agreeing or agreeing that employee well-being support and benefits are a top priority when applying for or considering a job.  Companies are taking note, too. Earlier this year, … [More]

Life Sciences Component Growing at Park Central

by Mike Hunter

As we explored in last April’s In Business Magazine cover story, “Our Bioscience Economy,” a life sciences boom is underway in Phoenix, making healthcare and bioscience among the fastest-growing industries in the Greater Phoenix marketplace — and Park Central is at the heart of it, with plans for a new life sciences hub on site.  The project’s development team has created an … [More]

Joint Venture Health Plan Delivered Results in the Arizona Market

by Tom Grote

Can health insurers and providers work together to deliver care as partners, not adversaries, with financial interests aligned? One local joint venture health plan shows it’s possible, and in doing so has transformed how health coverage is delivered in Arizona since it was formed in 2017.  Created by Banner Health and Aetna, a CVS Health company, Banner|Aetna has become an … [More]

Holistic, Longitudinal Care for Chronic Conditions

by Mike Hunter

Alanté recently launched a strategic partnership with patient care platform eCare21 that simultaneously addresses the health risks and economic challenges associated with chronic condition treatment. This program demonstrates Alanté’s commitment to embracing innovative solutions for patient care.  “Through the coordination of care plans within eCare21’s virtual care … [More]

Complete Care Concept Debuts in Surprise

by Mike Hunter

Providing both full-service emergency room and urgent care under one roof, HonorHealth has partnered with Intuitive Health to open a dual care retail model, debuting the concept for Arizona at 12,000-square-foot HonorHealth Complete Care in Surprise. The $12-million facility offers a new healthcare experience that helps take the guesswork out of where to seek care when … [More]

Private Practice Opens in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy 

by Mike Hunter

With her newly opened Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy private practice at the Arizona Healing Collective in Mesa, Ajona Olsen, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, addresses a medical need that currently affects the nearly 50 million adults in the U.S. and more than 2.5 million youth who are suffering from mental illnesses such as anxiety and/or depression. “Post-traumatic stress disorder has … [More]

Public Health Initiative from BCBSAZ

by Mike Hunter

In 2018, BCBSAZ launched its statewide public health initiative, Mobilize AZ, which partnered with public and private organizations to improve the health of Arizonans by tackling some of the state’s most challenging health conditions. Mobilize AZ aimed to invest in the community, increase access, build capacity, and cultivate cross-sector partnerships to inspire health.  In … [More]

Detox Centers Expand as Overdose Epidemic Increases

by Leander Yaiva

A May 2022 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more Americans died of drug overdoses in 2021 than any previous year. Out of the 107,622 casualties, more than 80,000 people died using opioids, including pain pills and fentanyl, a drug almost 100 times stronger than morphine.  In Arizona, the epidemic continues to increase as well, where more … [More]

Optimizing Braincare Services

by Mike Hunter

Wave Neuroscience has partnered with Arkos Health — a risk-bearing medical group delivering virtual and in-home clinical services under value-based arrangements — to increase access to vital mental health services, offering its at-home Braincare™ technologies to Medicaid beneficiaries in Arizona. The program launched last month in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Yuma counties, with … [More]

Keep Employees Healthy by Maintaining a Tidy Office

by Johnny Palleres

In nearly all work environments, there are two types of desks: the ones that are clean and organized, and others that have papers and leftover food wrappers cluttering the desktop. A dirty office can lead to a loss in productivity as employees worry about their health and lose focus on their daily tasks. The average office keyboard has 400 times more bacteria on it than a … [More]

Well-Being Transformation Initiative in South Phoenix

by Mike Hunter

Equality Health Foundation, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona, and Valley of the Sun United Way recently launched a new Blue Zones Activate effort, a comprehensive policy-based initiative that uses an evidence-based approach to make the healthy choice the easy choice in all the places people spend the most time.  The 15-year gap in life expectancy between South … [More]

Re-Examining Burnout: Symptoms and Workplace Prevention Tools

by Angela Phillips

Employees are tired of being burned out, and no industry has been spared. Employees have solely carried the burden of their burnout for far too long. Although tools to recognize the signs of burnout are extremely important, it is imperative that organizations recognize and take responsibility for how they’re contributing to employee burnout.  Burnout Warning Signs For many, … [More]

Business Community Would See Return on Investment in Brain Health 

by Carrie Collins Fadell

The death of beloved comedian Bob Saget in January of 2022 shocked and saddened the world. The loss was compounded in February when we learned that Bob passed away due to an untreated and undiagnosed head injury. The authorities concluded that Bob hit his head at some point, thought nothing of it and went to sleep, instead of seeking medical attention for his head injury. The … [More]

Three Tips to Help Block Blue Light in an Increasingly Remote World

by Dr. Scott Edmonds

With persistent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in Arizona and nationwide, some traditionally in-person activities — work, school and social interactions — will likely remain remote more often than usual for the foreseeable future.  As a result, the use of digital devices has surged significantly, with Americans logging an average of 13 hours per day watching … [More]

Axis for Autism Launches New Model to Streamline Diagnoses

by Mike Hunter

Axis for Autism, an Arizona-based provider of ASD evaluations for children and adults, has launched a new model that streamlines diagnosis for autism spectrum disorder and cuts wait times for families awaiting an evaluation, ensuring they can access life-changing intervention and therapies faster. Waitlists at Arizona health systems are thousands of children deep. Many … [More]

A Safe and Healthy Workplace Return

by Michael Zalle

As more and more people return to the workplace in the New Year after working from home for months, a lot of adjusting is going to take place: back to wearing business casual waist down, no more checking to see if mute is on or off during meetings, and not having the household’s fuzzy companion at arm’s length during the day. There are a lot of aspects of running a safe and … [More]

Emerald Expands Its Healthcare Textiles Service

by Mike Hunter

Emerald Textiles has become the largest commercial healthcare linen and laundry service provider in the Western United States thanks to its recent acquisition of the West Coast assets of Angelica Corporation, a national healthcare linen service provider. The transaction includes nine facilities and allows Emerald to expand into the Phoenix and Las Vegas markets and strengthen … [More]

Collecting Vaccination Status Exposes Organizations to Significant Privacy Risk

by Dan Clarke

While the status of an enforced vaccine mandate hangs in the balance, the number of employers now requiring employees to disclose their vaccination status or test on a regular basis has become widely prevalent — and this has created a number of privacy-related risks that most organizations may not be aware of or prepared for. Collection of vaccination status and testing … [More]

QC Kinetix: New Regenerative and Joint Pain Clinic 

by Adam Lunceford

According to the American Chronic Pain Association, chronic pain is the No. 1 cause of disability in the U.S. Those who suffer from chronic pain often feel many side effects from impact of their injury. This includes reduced mobility, increased chance of addiction to pain medication, and an extreme emotional and physical toll on the body. I speak from experience, having … [More]

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