Esther Alcorn 1926-2017

Esther Alcorn, MD, who practiced medicine in southern Arizona for 40 years, died in Tucson on November 27, 2017. She was 91. Born in Minot, North Dakota, Alcorn was the daughter of a nurse who took an interest in medicine as…

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State Supreme Court upholds Medicaid expansion

The Arizona Supreme Court in a unanimous decision rejected a bid from a group of 36 current and former Republican lawmakers to overturn the state's Medicaid expansion. The lawmakers argued that a hospital assessment used to pay the state's portion…

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PCHD November Surveillance Report

Providers are our eyes and ears in the community.  Please report immediately unusual numbers of patients presenting with similar symptoms, unusual symptoms, or unexplained infectious diseases in healthy individuals.  Do not wait until laboratory results become available. You are welcome to…

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What you need to know about MACRA in 2018

On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule governing its Medicare Quality Payment Program in 2018. The program, enacted under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), will affect participating physicians’ payment in…

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Wendell B. Whitacre 1927-2017

  Wendell B. Whitacre, MD, plastic surgeon and 50-year member of the Pima County Medical Society, died of a sudden illness on October 20, 2017. He was 90. Whitacre was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1927 and graduated from medical…

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McDannell Named ArMA Executive Vice President

Libby McDannell, CAE, was named Executive Vice President of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) effective November 27, 2017.  McDannell will replace Chic Older, who will retire in December. Older has been the Executive Vice President of ArMA for 30 years and…

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Are physician incomes falling?

Physician incomes have been a topic of controversy for years, with physician compensation being criticized as one of the leading causes of high health care costs. Recently, there have been more reports suggesting that physician income has taken a hit,…

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