Best Western Walking a Path of Well-Being – Literally!

by Myrna Collins

Best Western International is building a legacy of providing engaging employee wellness programs that create a long-lasting culture of wellness. Inspired and guided by the American Heart Association’s recommendation to take 10,000 steps a day to combat stress and prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes, Best Western ensures employees have the support and tools… [More]

Groundbreaking Coronary Angioplasty Procedure

by Mike Hunter

St. Luke’s Medical Center, the first hospital in Arizona to offer a same-day coronary angioplasty through the radial artery in the wrist, is reporting significantly improved outcomes and cost savings for patients and the health system using the new artery access point. As a result, the less-invasive procedure is attracting national attention. According to a… [More]

Holistic Model for Healthcare

by Mike Hunter

Bayless Integrated Healthcare, which has served the Central Phoenix community for 35 years, recently opened 9,000-square-foot Bayless Integrated Health Center, a fully integrated health center. The new center offers a holistic approach to healthcare by combining family medicine for a patient’s physical healthcare needs with emotional and behavioral healthcare, plus social healthcare, which employs Wellness… [More]

One for All

by RaeAnne Marsh

Over his 13 years treating patients at his Lipogenex Anti-Aging Center, Emmanouil Karampahtsis, N.D., had found many people have a similar core problem that, in many cases, required the patient to remember and juggle dosage schedules for numerous products. “That inspired me to come up with a simple solution that will help most people and… [More]

Strengthening Telehealth

by Mike Hunter

Healthcare IT company Topaz Information Solutions has partnered with Scottsdale-based iTel Companies Inc., a telehealth company, to offer a seamless integration of telehealth services to its clients. Phoenix-based Topaz is a national provider of healthcare technology solutions, including electronic health records, practice management tools, population health and data analytics, and managed IT services. “Topaz recognized a… [More]

Smile

by Mike Hunter

While oral health is increasingly understood to impact overall health, evidence is mounting that smiling, alone, has health benefits. A Smile for Health Smiling may impact a person’s longevity. A 2010 study by Wayne State University measured the span of smiles on Major League Baseball players from their 1952 trading cards, and found those who… [More]

The Evolution of Data in Healthcare

Nancy Ham

In recent years, we’ve seen a sizable shift toward a data-driven healthcare system, but we still have some distance to go before it becomes the norm. Providers are beginning to decipher how to efficiently leverage the right data sets — and technologists are still in the process of building systems capable of sharing that data… [More]

Paid Sick Leave Impacts Preventive Care

by Cyleste C. Collins, Ph.D.; Patricia Stoddard Dare, Ph.D.; and Linda Quinn, Ph.D.

More than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act and do not have to pay for 15 preventive screenings recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Yet, despite this advantage, many are not utilizing these lifesaving screenings and are contributing to the nation’s soaring healthcare costs, which reached… [More]

Avoid a Costly Flu Season

by Mike Baize

When it comes to flu season, both employees and employers are at risk. According to the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers with the flu each year. The loss of employee earnings is estimated at $16.3 billion annually and the overall economic… [More]

Advanced Illness Management

by Mike Hunter

Hospice of the West, a leading community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Maricopa County, points to the importance of Advanced Illness Management for health plan members with serious illnesses, effectively improving care quality, addressing financial consequences, and coordinating access to care. To further advance satisfaction with care and health plan participation, AIM utilizes a unique… [More]