Holistic Corporate Wellness for the Era of Remote Work

by JoAnne Gritter

For years, corporate wellness programs focused on the bottom line of reducing healthcare expenses: health screenings, exercise programs, and programs that targeted dangerous behaviors like smoking and drinking. That focus paid off. Traditional wellness programs lowered medical costs for employers by about $3.27 for every dollar spent, according to a 2010 study. Since these … [More]

SCHOTT Chooses Phoenix for First-in-U.S. Facility for Life Sciences Products

by Mike Hunter

Being committed to continued advances in improving human health, SCHOTT has opened a new facility last month in Phoenix to expand the development and manufacturing of diagnostics and life science consumables.  “SCHOTT saw an opportunity to leverage our expertise and the existing production capabilities here in Phoenix to bring manufacturing for this market to the U.S. for … [More]

How Phoenix’s Increasing Premature Birth Rate Affects Employer Healthcare Costs

by Jordan Cook

Phoenix’s preterm birth rate is 10% and continues to trend upward, which can be attributed to the greater availability of fertility treatments along with the rising age of new mothers across the country. However, this spike in preterm births is not without risk. Recent data from the National Institute of Health found that women who receive infertility treatments are more than … [More]

Banner|Aetna Takes the Pain out of Managing Medical Bills

by Joanne Mizell

When an employee is going through a medical event, the last thing on their mind should be anxiety about how to interpret their health insurance benefits or medical bills. Yet for many, medical benefits and billing statements are difficult to understand. In fact, most people with health care debt say they believe their medical bill had an error (e.g. a charge for something that … [More]

Sensor-Infused Smart Diabetic Footwear Improving Outcomes

by Mike Hunter

Every 20 seconds in the world, there is a lower limb amputation due to diabetic foot complications. Every 1.2 seconds, there is an ulceration. There is no amputation without prior ulceration. After an amputation, patient life expectancy is five years; same as cancer. This is a problem of epidemic proportion that impacts the lives of many patients and their families. Diabetic … [More]

Axiom Care Breaks Ground on Drug-Use Treatment Facility

by Mike Hunter

An expansion of Axiom Care’s Ocotillo Community Campus, an Arizona-based addiction treatment and medical detox center in Apache Junction, recently broke ground as Medicaid managed-care health plan Mercy Care expands its services to all of Pinal County, in addition to Gila and Maricopa counties, as part of its new AHCCCS Complete Care-Regional Behavioral Health Agreement … [More]

KWC Partners with VA for Veterans’ Mental Health

by Mike Hunter

Ketamine Wellness Centers, the largest ketamine therapy provider in the U.S. and a subsidiary of Delic Holdings, recently entered into a partnership with the Veterans Administration in Arizona. Veterans suffering from treatment-resistant depression, PTSD and anxiety will have access to ketamine therapy at the KWC Arizona clinics in Phoenix, Tucson and Mesa-Gilbert at no … [More]

Oak Street Health Expansion into Arizona and the Greater Phoenix Area

by Rose Martin

Oak Street Health, a network of value-based primary care centers for adults on Medicare, is on a mission to rebuild healthcare as it should be. To accomplish this, the company is always looking at new regions where this approach to healthcare is needed and where access to high-quality care is challenging. With a large density of Medicare-eligibles, Arizona became an important … [More]

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]

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