Businesses Gain when They Motivate Their Workforce to ‘Move It’

by Alex Allion

For decades, we’ve known that increased activity leads to an overall healthier lifestyle. In recent years this mentality has crept into our workday, too. For managers, the struggle becomes how to encourage our workforce to get up and take fitness breaks when our ultimate focus should be on productivity and meeting business objectives between the… [More]

Crossroads Launches Franchise Program to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment 

by Mike Hunter

Every day, the Crossroads admissions office in Phoenix is overflowing with people who are often camping out overnight on the front lawn to get a place in line to be admitted for substance abuse. Founded in 1960 in Phoenix, Crossroads has grown to be one of the largest residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs… [More]

BCBSAZ Program Produces Cost Savings, Improved Health 

by Mike Hunter

Change Healthcare and ACO Partner™ recently announced results for the first complete plan year of its novel shared savings program with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Participating providers reported a 26.3-percent lower 30-day readmission rate and 28.1-percent lower all-cause readmission rate than their non-participant cohort. They also reported 20 percent fewer admissions and 15.2… [More]

Oral Care: Gentle, Vegan

by RaeAnne Marsh

The oral care products from Rowpar Pharmaceuticals serve not only the general consumer but those with special needs as well. ClōSYS is its innovative oral healthcare line, with products that are alcohol-free, sulfate-free and pH balanced. Says James Ratcliff, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Rowpar, “We are pleased to know that our products can be used… [More]

Offering Ongoing Support beyond Insurance

by Mike Hunter

Scottsdale Recovery Center recently launched its Lifetime Therapy, designed to be an affordable addiction aftercare program for clients to receive continual treatment for life. This revolutionary one-of-a-kind program helps those patients conquer common life stressors that could otherwise trigger a relapse.  Explaining that it isn’t uncommon for insurers to treat the minimum as a maximum… [More]

New System Lessens Need for Amputation

by Mike Hunter

More than 200 million people worldwide, including 8.5 million Americans, suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease, leading causes of which include smoking, diabetes and obesity . In the U.S. and Europe alone, PAD is responsible for approximately 240,000 amputations every year — and nearly one-quarter of these patients die within 30 days and almost half within… [More]

Predictability and Affordability in Healthcare Coverage

by Mike Hunter

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona recently launched an administrative services solution with the potential of delivering more predictability and affordability for businesses that prefer a self-funded model for their health benefits.  This new Balanced Funding solution allows qualifying businesses with 15 or more enrolled employees to pay a fixed monthly amount — which includes… [More]

Opioids as a Workforce Issue

by Jeff Kirke

Drug use by the American workforce is at its highest rate in more than a decade. Recently, national attention on drug misuse has focused on prescription opioids. In Arizona, opioid overdoses have increased by 74 percent since 2014. Opioid prescription medications are both a health and safety issue in the workplace. Companies of all sizes… [More]

Healthcare Meets Business in the Technology Age

by RaeAnne Marsh

“Our entire way of life has transformed in recent decades,” observes Glenn Dean, president and CEO of MeMD. Noting that technology — specifically the Internet — is at the heart of this transformation that has made it common practice for a person to use a mobile phone to order a ride or purchase groceries that… [More]

Is an Association Plan the Answer?

by Jeff Kirke

Competition and choice were two promises of the Affordable Care Act that have largely been unfulfilled. Will Association Health Plans be the flavor of the month and quickly vanish like the healthcare co-ops, or will they create a viable pathway to lower cost, more administratively efficient health insurance?  Health Plan Associations have the opportunity to… [More]