FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-The board of directors at Northern Arizona Healthcare has approved the construction of a $2.8 million cardiac catheterization laboratory at Flagstaff Medical Center, executives said. Construction of the 2,300-square-foot laboratory is expected to begin this fall. The facility will be located adjacent to the day surgery unit on the east side of the medical center's campus. The new laboratory will allow physicians to perform diagnostic catheterizations and some specialty radiology procedures. Developing a new building will allow hundreds of patients from northern Arizona to receive diagnostic catheterizations each year without traveling to Phoenix or Tucson for the procedure, a hospital spokeswoman said. Northern Arizona Healthcare is the parent organization of Flagstaff Medical Center, Sedona (Ariz.) Medical Center and the Foundation for Flagstaff Medical Center.
LONG BEACH, Calif.-HCFA has approved an expansion for Long Beach, Calif.-based Scan Health Plan, an HMO serving about 6,500 Medicare recipients. The move would provide access to about 2 million more enrollees. Scan's expansion adds 47 cities throughout the San Fernando Valley and Orange County. As one of only four social HMO demonstration programs in the nation, Scan integrates federally funded acute-care and community-based long-term home-care benefits so that members don't have to be placed in nursing homes (Feb. 8, 1993, p. 26). In cooperation with a multispecialty group practice, Scan also administers a healthcare clinic for residents of Angelus Plaza. The large low-income housing facility for seniors and people with disabilities is considered a national model for integrated medical, social and long-term-care services. Scan also administers SmartCare Health Plan, a commercial plan for small employers.
RENO, Nev.-The Nevada Hospital Association's board of directors has created a new managed-care subsidiary in an effort to formally affiliate state managed-care organizations with the NHA. The Council for Health Systems, NHA officials said, will help broaden the association's agenda to include representatives other than hospitals. CHS members will have access to NHA resources, including a full-time contract lobbyist, officials said. So far, eight managed-care organizations have paid the $575 annual fee to join the council. Las Vegas-based members are FHP Health Care, Prime Health, Silmo Corp., Benefit Plan Administrators and Management Care Consultants. Reno-based members are Universal Health Systems, Medical Benefits Consultants and Saint Mary's Preferred Health Care Network.