Desert West OBGYN Joins Arizona OBGYN Affiliates

Arizona OBGYN Affiliates (AOA) proudly announces the addition of Desert West OBGYN, adding 13 board certified physicians, three nurse practitioners, and four additional branch locations to the growing organization. Desert West OBGYN has been providing high quality and compassionate care to women in the Northwest Valley since 1973.   
“Desert West OBGYN is pleased to join AOA,” said Robert Phillips, MD, President.

Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule

Written by Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News
In response to strong criticism, Medicare officials are modifying rules intended to prevent the agency from paying twice for the same prescriptions for seniors receiving hospice care.
Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescriptions through their Part D drug plans until first confirming that the prescriptions were not covered by hospice providers.

Specialty Care is a Challenge in Some ACA Plans

Written by Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media

Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. Complaints about narrow networks with too few doctors have attracted the attention of federal regulators and have even prompted lawsuits.

Save the Date - The UA College of Medicine - Phoenix Golf Tournament

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Legacy Golf Club
6808 S. 32nd St.
Phoenix, Arizona

4 Person Scramble

7:30 am: Shotgun Start

UA College of Medicine - Tucson Earns Accreditation Through 2022

In addition to awarding the college accreditation for a full eight-year cycle, the accreditation authority for MD programs in the U.S.

UA Discovery Shows Curcumin Blocks the Metastasis of Cancer by a Novel Mechanism

A team of researchers led by the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center discovered that curcumin—the bioactive molecule derived from the spice turmeric—blocks the protein cortactin in colon cancer. 
Cortactin, a protein essential for cell movement, frequently is overexpressed in cancer, thus facilitating cancer cell metastasis to other organs in the body. 
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of can

Adults With Serious Mental Illnesses Face 80% Unemployment

Written by Jenny Gold, published in Kaiser Health News
Employment rates for people with a serious mental illness are dismally low and getting worse, according to a report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Health Care Innovation Awards to Provide Better Healthcare and Lower Costs

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced new prospective awardees to test innovative care models, bringing the total amount of funding to as much as $360 million for 39 recipients spanning 27 states and the District of Columbia. These models are designed to deliver better healthcare and lower costs under the Health Care Innovation Awards program.

MWU Doctor Receives Fourth Straight Patients' Choice Award

Anthony Will, DO, Chair of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University, and a practicing physician at the University’s Multispecialty Clinic in Glendale, Arizona, has been recognized as a Patients’ Choice physician.
The Patients’ Choice Award recognizes physicians for the positive influence of their work.

CMS Fraud Prevention System Identified or Prevented $210 Million in Improper Medicare Payments in Second Year of Operations

In its second year of operations, CMS’ state-of-the-art Fraud Prevention System, that employs advanced predictive 
analytics, identified or prevented more than $210 million in improper Medicare Fee-For-Service payments, double the 
previous year.
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