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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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 →

Az Business honors Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

A crowd of nearly 500 packed Desert Botanical Garden Thursday to honor Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2016. “All the women we are honoring tonight have procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, leadership and innovation,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “These women are… Read More →

HonorHealth announces new accountable care entity

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Two Valley accountable care organizations have come together under Innovation Care Partners, a new division of HonorHealth. HonorHealth, Scottsdale Health Partners and John C. Lincoln Accountable Care Organization have come together to form Innovation Care Partners, a clinically integrated network and accountable care organization. Innovation Care Partners includes more than 1,000 physicians, over 350 physician… Read More →

Deanna Wise: Most Influential Women in Arizona

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Deanna Wise, executive vice president and chief information officer, Dignity Health Wise has a deep understanding and vast experience in the implementation and support of industry-leading clinical IT systems. Advice: “It is important to create a brand strategy for yourself. My personal brand strategy includes the cornerstones of people, strategy, outcomes, and innovation. We are all in… Read More →