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Abrazo Community Health Network hospitals host job fairs on Sept. 13-14

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus

Abrazo Community Health Network’s six hospitals are hosting job fairs on Sept. 13 and 14. Available positions include registered nurses, allied healthcare professionals, administrative,  clerical, food services and housekeeping. Applicants are encouraged to bring their resume to the event. Job fairs include: 1-4 p.m. Sept. 13 Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, 1930 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix Abrazo… Read More →

Life-saving genetics test now available at VA


Scottsdale-based Advanced Genomic Solutions (AGS), an international leader in Pharmacogenomics (PGx), announced an agreement with Genelex, the makers of YouScript, to bring the life-saving benefits of PGxtesting to veterans and their doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Pharmacogenomics (PGx), the study of how an individual’s genetic makeup affects their response to drugs, can help get veterans on the correct medications and start saving lives immediately.… Read More →

Cigna recognizes 3 for commitment to employee health and wellness

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Cigna selected City of Scottsdale, SmartPractice and Tucson Airport Authority as winners of the third annual Cigna Well-Being Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and wellness of its employees through workplace wellness programs. “We are pleased to recognize the City of Scottsdale, SmartPractice and Tucson Airport Authority for the Cigna Well-Being Award. These three employers are… Read More →

TGen develops test for healthcare-acquired infections


A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool — known as KlebSeq  — for potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), such as Klebsiella pneumoniae. HAIs affect hundreds of thousands of patients annually and add nearly $10 billion in associated healthcare costs. The findings,… Read More →

Risas Dental & Braces plans to donate $325K in free services

Southwest Human Development

Hundreds of Risas Dental & Braces dentists and staff will be volunteering their time this Labor Day to provide free dental services to thousands of people in need of dental care across the Valley. On Monday, September 5, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Phoenix-based healthcare company will host its 5th annual Labor of Love Day… Read More →

UA researchers produce new guidelines for Valley Fever

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Updated guidelines for treating people infected with Valley Fever, a disease caused by a fungus that is common in the U.S. Southwest, have been produced by a panel of experts led by John N. Galgiani, MD, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The recommendations include suggested treatment options for… Read More →

CTCA is world’s first with new immunotherapy treatment for cancer


Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) has dosed its first three patients as part of the launch of a Phase I clinical trial using a novel antibody to treat patients with advanced solid tumors. CTCA® at Western  — located in Goodyear, west of Phoenix — is the first site… Read More →

Sonora Quest expands Safeway partnership

Sonora Quest

Sonora Quest Laboratories and Safeway are opening six new Sonora Quest Laboratories Patient Service Centers (PSCs) located at Safeway stores statewide throughout Arizona. The new locations in Arizona are in addition to the two PSCs opened in November 2015. Customers will enjoy convenient lab testing services, the most accurate diagnostic capabilities and direct access testing at the new… Read More →

PPO deductibles increase 50% in 2016, survey shows

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The median in-network deductible on an employer-sponsored PPO health plan increased 50 percent, from $1,000 to $1,500 in 2016, yet employer costs remain steady, according to the newly released 2016 Health Plan Survey from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent survey of employer-sponsored benefits. Despite these significant deductible increases, nearly half of all… Read More →

An unhealthy problem, Arizonans rank low in national health Kirill Ryzhov

According to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Ranking Annual Report, Arizona is struggling with graduation rates, children in poverty and drug deaths. These challenges have resulted in Arizona ranking at No. 30 for overall health in the country. “I’m not shocked with our rating,” said Peter “Chip” Coffey, MAPC, LPC, NCC and director of therapy… Read More →

W. L. Gore & Associates innovation minimizes blood loss


W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) today announced the commercial availability of the GORE® DrySeal Flex Introducer Sheath, after recently gaining clearance for use by regulatory bodies in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Australia. The device is designed with a distinct combination of enhanced flexibility, kink resistance, and a hydrophilic coating to facilitate access… Read More →

Banner Health reports record year in ACO Program

Through a fourth year of top financial performance in the Pioneer ACO Model, while simultaneously improving its quality score year-over-year for four consecutive years, Banner Health Network demonstrated that it is possible to bend the Medicare cost curve while providing the best in quality care as part of this ACA demonstration program. In 2011, Medicare… Read More →

Q&A: Helping Businesses Effectively Deal with Insurance Plans

Insurance plans

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) has been trying to help the business community become more effective in doing business with insurance plans. “One thing we’re seeing is that as we go through payment reform — from volume to value — there are some business challenges as systems try to integrate the new model… Read More →

Nationally renowned surgeon joins Banner Health facilities

Banner Health

Elbert Kuo, MD, considered one of the top cardiothoracic surgeons in the country, joined the medical staff of Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert and Banner Boswell Medical Center as an employed physician. Dr. Kuo previously served as the director of the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Program, Mediastinal Staging Clinic and the Lung… Read More →