Scottsdale Clinic Offers Covid-19 Antibody Testing 

Clinical Endpoints

Phoenix-area residents now have a new solution for Covid-19 Antibody Testing at Clinical Endpoints. The company, located in North Scottsdale, is providing high accuracy testing with a short turnaround time for results. Testing is provided on an appointment-only basis and in a private setting. Patients will have an exclusive entrance to the testing facility, with a majority … [More]

Arizona Complete Health Encourages Early Childhood Vaccinations during COVID-19 Pandemic

Arizona Complete Health

Routine well-child care and vaccinations have declined dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, as parents avoid medical services to mitigate the transmission of the coronavirus. While Arizona Complete Health recognizes the health concerns of Arizonans across the state, it encourages parents to continue to schedule checkup appointments and get early vaccinations for young … [More]

Innovative Housing Plan ‘Home Matters to Arizona’ Gets Support from Valley Healthcare Co.

Magellan Health, Inc.

Magellan Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN) today announced its managed care health plan subsidiary, Magellan Complete Care (MCC) of Arizona, has committed to participating in the launch of the Home Matters to Arizona alongside several health plans throughout the state. Home Matters to Arizona will support a new generation of connected communities, healthier individuals, families and … [More]

Valley Medical Center Initiates First Patient Trial Therapy for Treatment of COVID-19

Bellerophon Therapeutics

Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing treatments for cardiopulmonary and infectious diseases, today announced that the first patient has initiated treatment in the Company’s Phase 3 clinical study of INOpulse® inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) therapy for the treatment of COVID-19 (COViNOX) at Banner University Medical Center, … [More]

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Sites Opening

Walmart

In light of increased cases, two COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites are opening in Walmart parking lots located at 4435 W. Anthem Way in Anthem and 1060 S. Watson Road in Buckeye. These sites are supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials to test anyone who meets CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health … [More]

Telehealth Co. Enables Consumers, Businesses to Order COVID-19 Antibody Testing  

MeMD

As governments and businesses evaluate “return to work” strategies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Scottsdale-based telehealth provider MeMD aims to make antibody testing readily available to Americans through its virtual platform. MeMD is proud to partner with two of the country’s leading diagnostics laboratories – Labcorp® (NYSE:LH) and Quest Diagnostics – to allow consumers … [More]

As ‘Back to Business’ Looms: A CEO’s Experience with the ‘Long Tail’ of COVID-19

Ericho Communications

“I was bedridden for 29 days and literally couldn’t walk from my bedroom to my bathroom without losing my breath.” So began Eric Yaverbaum’s personal experience with COVID-19 in early March. But more than two months after his symptoms first began, he's still short of breath, exhausted, and requires a little more oxygen everyday than was expected from the tank that is now in his … [More]

Local Provider Teams to Offer Free Access to Anxiety Program due to Pandemic

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), the state's largest locally based health insurer, and Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, today announced a collaboration to help all Arizonans better manage stress, anxiety, and burnout. With an estimated 230% increase in worry among Americans due to the pandemic, BCBSAZ is … [More]

New Telemedicine Platform Connects Patients with Their Primary Care Providers

CAIN Health

How do you visit your primary care provider during the pandemic? For most Americans, that question remains unanswered.  Thousands of private practice offices are not set up to see their patients.  Telemedicine alone doesn’t solve the problem as relationships with anonymous doctors and lack of patient and disease history are challenging to overcome. Doctors and patients need to … [More]

The Great ‘Arizona Testing Blitz’ in Second Weekend

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Arizonans can access COVID-19 testing tomorrow, Saturday, May 9 at more than 40 locations across the state as part of the Arizona Testing Blitz. Both drive-through and onsite testing will be available. Arizonans can find the nearest testing location and hours of operation as well as pre-register by visiting azhealth.gov/TestingBlitz. Testing is available to anyone who thinks … [More]

A Tale of Two Drugs: Money vs. Medical Wisdom

by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.

At the Presidential Briefing on Apr 30, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced early results, prior to peer-review, of one clinical trial using remdesivir, an intravenous (IV) experimental antiviral medicine in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. At the “warp speed” currently in vogue for the Fauci-led push to a new vaccine, the very next day the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization … [More]

Health Certification for Businesses to Ensure Safety to Reopen

HealthyVerify Certification

Businesses can obtain independent verification that they have taken steps above and beyond conventional guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at their stores and offices under a new process developed by doctors, researchers and legal experts in Phoenix. The HealthyVerify Certification provides business operators a year’s worth of counsel and support based on … [More]

‘Return to Work’ Exam Introduced as Arizona Economy Reopens

Medicine for Business and Industry

As Arizona prepares to reopen its economy, healthcare providers are establishing protocols for companies to ensure employees who have self-quarantined for Coronavirus are healthy enough to return to work. Medicine for Business and Industry (MBI) has introduced a new medical clearance exam that has already helped put hundreds of AZ workers back on the job. "While the pressure … [More]

BCBSAZ Advances Payments to Medical Providers to Cover Shortfall due to Pandemic

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) announced a new program to support primary care providers (PCPs) across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. PCPs participating in the BCBSAZ Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program can now receive partial prepayment of their estimated annual quality incentive payment. These advances will help BCBSAZ PCMH providers cover … [More]

Orthopedic and Neurosciences Care Institute Announces COVID-19 Antibody Testing

The CORE Institute

The CORE Institute has announced the launch of its rapid COVID-19 antibody testing program. The test does not detect the virus itself, but rather antibodies in the blood that show the presence of an immune system response, typically due to prior exposure to the virus.  The test is administered at select clinical locations in Phoenix with plans to expand to other markets soon.  … [More]

Arizona Testing Blitz Aims to Test between 30,000-60,000 People over Three Weekends

Arizona Department of Health Services

Governor Doug Ducey announced Monday that the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), in partnership with healthcare partners across the state, are joining forces to launch the Arizona Testing Blitz with the goal of increasing COVID-19 testing statewide. The Arizona Testing Blitz aims to test 10,000-20,000 Arizonans for COVID-19 every Saturday for three consecutive weeks, … [More]

Arizona Medicaid Program Advances $41 Million in Provider Payments

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

To help health care providers address the COVID-19 emergency and ensure their ongoing viability, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency, is advancing more than $41 million in scheduled payments to hospitals, primary care providers, behavioral health outpatient providers, and justice clinic providers who participate in the agency’s … [More]

Is the U.S. Doing Enough Testing? It’s Not Even Close

By Randall Bolten

No, it isn’t – not if we look at the rest of the world.  We’ve all heard that testing is a measure of how effectively a country is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It not only helps us identify cases for treatment, it also enables contact tracing to identify other cases and control the spread of the pandemic.  But how do we measure testing?  And which countries are doing … [More]

Paying Attention to Mental Health Is More Crucial than Ever Before

by John Williams

As the USA experiences a sudden rise in remote work self-isolation and health-related anxiety, this has created a general sense of unease for many people and exacerbated existing mental health issues for many more. Following a surge in anxiety caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, managing and supporting mental health at work has never been more crucial, as research by Pews Research … [More]

Track and Report on Employee Health through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Movista Inc.

Movista has launched a new initiative called Project Health that facilitates help for essential businesses to track and report on employee health in the marketplace, in order to stay compliant with local, state and federal guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ahe_WHDQPY Federal and State Government agencies are passing and implementing … [More]