DUARTE, Calif.-The City of Hope National Medical Center recently was awarded a contract by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to provide bone marrow transplant therapies and technology to Arizona Medicaid residents. The City of Hope was one of 11 cancer centers to submit proposals to AHCCCS' managed-care program for Medicaid patients. The AHCCCS health plan will help arrange authorization of care and transportation of patients from Arizona to the California facility, executives said. Founded in 1913 as a tuberculosis sanatorium, the City of Hope's bone marrow transplant program is the second-largest in the western United States.
RENO, Nev.-The state's hospitals soon may have access to a new on-line system that will standardize and automate quarterly state-mandated hospital reporting systems, the Nevada Hospital Association said. The $20,000 statewide pilot project, which is near the end of its testing, will help hospitals enter, communicate and deliver Nevada Hospital Quarterly Report data. "We did it for our own purposes," said NHA Executive Vice President Hanria Holden. "We're not always comfortable with the way the state reports the data." The system is scheduled to go on-line in July and will be available for all 25 member hospitals at no cost, she added. Hospitals now involved in the testing are Carson City-based Carson-Tahoe Hospital; Mount Grant General Hospital in Hawthorne; Reno-based St. Mary's Health Systems and Washoe Medical Center, also based in Reno. An estimate of the total cost of the program wasn't available.
CASPER, Wyo.-A state task force looking into healthcare reform says the Legislature needs to fund the state Office of Rural Health. The
Legislature created the office to take effect July 1993, but it never provided any money, said Tom Spicer, M.D., a member of the Wyoming Health Reform Commission. The office was designed as a clearinghouse for information on primary-care services. It also was supposed to help communities recruit and retain physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers, Dr. Spicer said. While recommending the office be funded for its original budget of $380,000, the commission said the actual recruitment activities should be contracted out to a private or not-for-profit group under office oversight. The commission also formally approved several other recommendations during a meeting late last month. The recommendations mark the first steps toward a legislative package it will submit to the 1995 Legislature. The commission was formed by Gov.
Mike Sullivan last year to match Wyoming's needs to anticipated federal healthcare reforms.