Arizona Prisons’ Health-Care Contractor Replaced

According to a report from the Arizona Republic, "The Arizona Department of Corrections and Wexford Health Sources, Inc. have agreed to terminate the company’s medical-services contract that provides health care for inmates statewide.

Wednesday’s abrupt announcement of the split came in the wake of accusations last year that the company improperly dispensed medicine to inmates and wasted state resources.

Dignity Health Building $44 Million Hospital in Glendale

According to a report from the Phoenix Business Journal, "San Francisco-based Dignity Health has started construction on a $44 million hospital in Glendale.

The new hospital will be called St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. It will be built on a 35-acre campus near Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, and is scheduled to open in early 2014.

The hospital will initially employ 200 staff and will have the capacity to expand to 200 inpatient beds as demand grows."

Physician Group of Arizona Opens Endocrinology Practice in Mesa

Vidhya Kannan, MD, Joins Practice as Staff Physician

The Physician Group of Arizona is pleased to announce Endocrinology Associates of Arizona in Mesa, Ariz. is now accepting new patients. Board-certified staff physician, Vidhya Kannan, MD, offers a variety of services surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the endocrine system.

Laveen Primary Care Renamed Family Doctors Walk-in Center

Family Doctors Office Walk-In-Center Welcomes Staff Physician Heeran Abawi, MD

Laveen Primary Care has been renamed to Family Doctors Office Walk-In Center effective immediately. In addition to the name change, the practice welcomes Heeran Abawi, MD, as a staff physician. Family Doctors Office Walk-In Center will offer a wide range of medical and preventive care services for youth, adults and seniors. New and walk-in patients are accepted.

KevinMD on Enhancing a Physicians' Online Reputation

Last fall, attentive readers of this space may recall, an unintentional encounter between a sharp kitchen knife and the tender flesh of my hand taught me a few things about the patient experience.

That episode also got me thinking about how physicians and hospitals appear to patients seeking information online.

CBO Analysis Renews Calls for SGR Repeal

A Congressional Budget Office analysis released this week lops $107 billion from the cost of eliminating the Sustainable Growth Rate funding formula, and that new estimate has resuscitated efforts by some in Congress and the physicians' lobby to repeal the reviled but unenforced mandate.

New School Aims to Become Model for Health Outcomes

The current health care system in the United States is undergoing massive changes. Arizona State University is on the forefront of this transformation and has established a new School for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

The first of its kind in the nation, the school will foster research and prepare students from a variety of backgrounds to be leaders and innovators in the effort to improve health outcomes that are cost-effective for people and the community. The school will begin teaching students in fall 2013.

A Hospital Offers a Grisly Lesson on Gun Violence

In a darkened classroom, 15 eighth graders gasped as a photograph appeared on the screen in front of them. It showed a dead man whose jaw had been destroyed by a shotgun blast, leaving the lower half of his face a shapeless, bloody mess.

Lawmakers Offer Dueling Approaches on Fixing Doc Pay

Dueling legislative approaches to overhaul the Medicare physician payment formula emerged this week.

The new movement on the stubborn problem comes as the Congressional Budget Office revised the 10-year cost of fixing it down by more than 40%, to $138 billion from $245 billion, based on lower spending on physician services in recent years.

There are some general similarities but also critical differences between an approach contained in bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday and a Republican bill expected later in the week.

Report Urges Coordinated Approach on Preventive Care

The not-for-profit Trust for America's Health is calling for a revamp of public health management at the federal, state and local levels in a report that urges a greater focus on preventive care.

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