Banner Health will pay the federal government $18 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit accusing it of admitting Medicare patients who could have been treated in outpatient settings at 12 of its Arizona and Colorado hospitals.
HHS' Office for Civil Rights is investigating Banner Health following a 2016 cyberattack that may have affected 3.7 million patients. The Phoenix-based not-for-profit system anticipates that it may receive negative findings and be fined.
Dennis Laraway is one of several Memorial Hermann senior executives leaving Houston's largest healthcare system following the sudden resignation in June of CEO Dr. Benjamin Chu.
Banner Health posted healthy income gains in 2016 despite a $153.8 million operating loss in its insurance operations.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.