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]

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Starts for 5,000 Arizona First Responders

by Mike Hunter

The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) and United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association began providing their members with testing for COVID-19 antibodies at three locations in the Phoenix metro area. The tests were made possible thanks to an $80,000 total donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Phoenix Suns Charities, which was used to purchase 5,000 test kits … [More]

COVID Consortium to Help Companies Navigate COVID-19 Testing

CopernicusMD

CopernicusMD, a leader in medical, laboratory and billing analytics, announced today the launch of The COVID Consortium, a council of physicians, business leaders, clinical laboratory executives and retired military brass focused on providing testing resources and guidance to businesses across the country preparing to re-open in the COVID-19 environment. Many business owners … [More]

From Labs to Pharmacies, Arizona Testing ‘Blitz’

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Arizona is partnering with private sector health care providers and universities to ramp up access to testing. On Friday, Sonora Quest Laboratories announced it will offer antibody testing starting with 1,000 to 3,000 tests per day, and growing from there. In early May, Sonora Quest plans to begin offering antibody testing to consumers without needing a provider’s order or … [More]

Arizona to Receive an Additional $12 Million in Federal Funding to Support COVID-19 Response

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced that Arizona will receive $12.4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support the public health response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is in addition to the $16.2 million already received from the CDC during this response. ADHS will work with local public health departments to enhance and … [More]

ERs Open for Emergencies during Pandemic

Abrazo Health Hospitals

Hospital emergency rooms across the Valley are open, and doctors want the public to know that delaying emergency treatment can result in additional health complications, especially in the case of heart attack and stroke. “Even during the coronavirus pandemic, there is still prevalence of stroke, heart attack and abdominal emergencies such as appendicitis. We are concerned … [More]

Medical Network Launches Targeted Telehealth Visits to Help Health Plan Members

Matrix Medical Network

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the entire U.S. population on some level, people at highest risk are older Americans and those with multiple chronic conditions. With states implementing stay-at-home orders and the likelihood of seclusion extended into the foreseeable future, Matrix Medical Network (Matrix) announced that it has launched telehealth visits to help … [More]

Mental Illness, The Workplace and COVID-19

by Kristina Sabetta

Human beings love certainty. The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought fear and uncertainty to many individuals. It has destroyed lives, shattered the thriving economy and changed the workplace. The pandemic has left many individuals unemployed, homeless and defeated. It has left many people feeling alone, confused and nervous. Statistics show that one in four adults has a … [More]

AI Developers to Accelerate Collaborative Research in the Fight Against COVID-19

Arterys

AI researchers around the world are developing and publishing algorithms that can detect COVID-19 in medical images, including CTs and x-rays. To support the development and validation of those algorithms, Silicon Valley startup Arterys has launched its open innovation platform, the Arterys Marketplace. AI developers can publish their algorithms to the Arterys Marketplace to … [More]

Medical Co. Expands COVID-19 and Antibody Testing for the Most Vulnerable

Mako Medical

As demand continues to soar around the country for COVID-19 testing, many counties, cities, and states struggle to get access to testing. The problem is much worse for the most vulnerable in our communities. Many states are still on a lockdown, with many restrictions in place. Logistical issues and procurement challenges have made testing swabs, PPE, and other vital supplies … [More]

Digital Co. Launches Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing Finder

Body1

CoronaTestCenters.info, a comprehensive website helping Americans quickly find the ideal drive-through COVID-19 testing center, has just launched. This website by Body1 matches people who need coronavirus testing with the hundreds of drive-through test centers across the country. Also included are pre-screening tools from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Apple, and … [More]