Don’t Be Surprised by New ‘No Surprise’ Medical Billing Rules

by Heather Macre

The federal “No Surprises Act” (NSA) went into effect in January and enacts new medical billing regulations aimed at curbing surprise billing in certain settings.  A “surprise”bill can be a shock to an insured patient who sought care at an in-network hospital but was subsequently treated by out-of-network providers and thus faced a higher bill than they were anticipating. … [More]

Piper Grantmaking in 2021 Demonstrates Commitment to Long-Term Investment and Meeting Critical Moments

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust’s nearly $141 million in grantmaking during the last half of 2021 is a keen expression of both its legacy of long-term strategic investment in Maricopa County’s resilience and its unique ability to respond powerfully to unfolding crises. From July through December 2021, Piper Trust awarded $140,961,650 in grants. This total includes … [More]

Historic Number of Small Business Owners Raising Compensation in January, Says Report


A historic number of small businesses are struggling to increase their workforce, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. A net 50% (seasonally adjusted) of small business owners reported raising compensation, up two points from December and a 48-year record high reading. A net 27% plan to raise compensation in the next three months, down five points from … [More]

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Programs and Workshops for Nonprofit Pros Returns

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is bringing core programming back in 2022. The organization’s highly popular Business on Board program, Nonprofit Lifecycles Capacity Building Workshop and Social Return on Investment Workshop are being offered virtually beginning with Business on Board every Tuesday in February.  Nonprofit Lifecycles Capacity Building and Social Return on … [More]

Lassen Peak Appoints ACLU General Counsel Emeritus, Scott Greenwood, to Its Advisory Committee

Lassen Peak

Lassen Peak announces the appointment of Scott Greenwood to its advisory committee.  A constitutional rights attorney based in Phoenix, Ariz., Mr. Greenwood is nationally renowned for his passionate engagement in defending civil rights and civil liberties. For over 10 years, Scott served as general counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the nation's largest civil … [More]

5 Assumptions That May Cost You the Job Even in the Best of Times

Rick McCartney

One has only to listen to the media for a reminder of the current strong job market.  Employer starting salaries and work/balance accommodations have arguably never been better, and many organization are practically begging for qualified new employees.  And yet…countless job seekers with strong qualifications are falling short in efforts to gain new employment. For many, … [More]

What to Know Before Hiring a Tax Preparer

Arizona Department of Revenue

The Arizona Department of Revenue is encouraging taxpayers to practice due diligence when selecting a tax preparer this tax season. Whether you prepare your own return or hire a tax preparer, you, the taxpayer, are ultimately responsible for what is filed. According to the IRS, over 50 percent of tax filers used tax preparation services in 2021. While the majority are … [More]

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Fall for Second Straight Week

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending January 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 238,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 260,000 to 261,000. The 4-week moving average was 255,000, an increase of 7,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised … [More]

Millennial Demand Is Driving Up Prices in Neighborhoods with Kids, and Trend Is Growing


Home values are growing fastest in areas with the highest share of kids, reflecting the impact millennial house hunters are making on family-friendly neighborhoods with a shortage of homes for sale. A record number of millennials will reach key age milestones for home buyersi over the next two years, which may accelerate price gains even further.   The top 10% of ZIP codes … [More]

Equality Health Expands Texas Presence into Multiple New Markets to Improve Care for Vulnerable Populations

Phoenix-Based Equality Health, a leading provider of value-based physician networks uniquely equipped to address the needs of diverse and historically underserved populations, today announced a major expansion of its presence in Texas. Now, on the heels of its 2020 expansion into Houston, El Paso, and the Rio Grande Valley, Equality Health is expanding its footprint to include … [More]

KORE Power Signs Multi-Year Supply Agreement to Provide Batteries for Fleet Electrification Solutions

KORE Power, Inc. and Zero Electric Vehicles, Inc. have signed a supply agreement that ensures the availability of KORE’s certified e-mobility battery modules through 2030 to be used in ZEV’s electric powertrain kits. Under the agreement, KORE will provide more than 100,000 certified VDA modules to ZEV in 2022. That supply is expected to grow to as many as 1 million units by … [More]

Mesa Wants to Bring Digital Access to All Its Residents and Businesses, RFI Launched

City of Mesa

Mesa is taking the first steps to bring digital access to all its residents and businesses. The City launched a Request for Information (RFI) to learn more about companies that can install and operate an open-access fiber network across Mesa. The ambitious digital plan would connect 264 thousand city premises and 2,470 street miles, providing citywide access to the fastest … [More]

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