Valley Behavioral Health Co. Virtually Connecting Youth at Critical Time

Magellan Health, Inc.

Magellan Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN), one of the nation’s leaders in behavioral health, today announced a virtual program called Stay at Home for MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment) for youth ages 13-23 who have experience with mental health, substance use, juvenile justice and foster-care-related issues. In response to the novel coronavirus … [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]

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]