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Banner Health buys 32 Arizona urgent-care centers

By Dave Barkholz  |  August 17, 2016

Banner Health said Wednesday that it has acquired 32 urgent-care centers in Arizona from Urgent Care Extra. Banner, which operates hospitals in seven Western states, said that the centers provide an important access point for patients outside of hospital emergency departments.

At 20, is HIPAA hitting its stride, or is it over the hill?

At 20, is HIPAA hitting its stride, or is it over the hill?

By Erica Teichert  |  August 13, 2016

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—the law the federal government uses to police the privacy and security of the nation's health information—is turning 20, and some people may wonder if it's up to the job in 2016 and beyond.

Banner Health cyberattack draws class-action suit

By Joseph Conn  |  August 09, 2016

An Arizona physician is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit alleging Banner Health is offering inadequate protection to victims of a massive data breach disclosed last week.

Health systems an ideal target for hackers

By Joseph Conn  |  August 06, 2016

Cybersecurity experts advise that the two types of data should be stored in computer systems separated by a firewall to avoid leaving both vulnerable if one is hacked. At Banner Health, both systems were penetrated.

Banner Health cyberattack impacts 3.7 million people

Banner Health cyberattack impacts 3.7 million people

By Joseph Conn  |  August 03, 2016

Banner Health is contacting 3.7 million individuals whose personal information may have been accessed in a cyberattack that began on systems that process credit card payments for food and beverage purchases. The breach then expanded to include patient and health plan information.

As Phoenix booms, healthcare systems revamp to catch up

As Phoenix booms, healthcare systems revamp to catch up

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 28, 2016

The Phoenix metro area is booming. Once-sleepy neighborhoods are seeing real estate bidding wars. New housing developments are appearing where there once was nothing. Against that backdrop, healthcare in Phoenix is reorganizing as systems compete for patients and the doctors who refer them.

New deals, new payment models continue to test Banner Health

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 17, 2016

Banner Health is starting to stabilize its financial picture after an unexpectedly tough year. But while its finances looked stronger in the first quarter of 2016, most of the growth came from its legacy operations while new acquisitions and new payment models continued to create challenges.

What CEOs really think about the dizzying pace of dealmaking

What CEOs really think about the dizzying pace of dealmaking

By Bob Herman  |  March 05, 2016

Hospitals and physician groups are consolidating, too, but most of the leaders on Modern Healthcare's Power Panel are more concerned about the financial impact of the pending health insurance megamergers.

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 06, 2016

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.

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