Scottsdale Healthcare News

Gov. Brewer signs cancer drug cost parity bill at Scottsdale Healthcare

Governor Jan Brewer visited the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare recently for a ceremonial signing of House Bill 2078, which requires Arizona to have cost parity for oral anticancer drugs.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, HB 2078, sponsored by state Rep. Heather Carter (LD15), requires health insurance companies with plans that cover intravenous (IV) and oral anticancer treatments to not discriminate against oral treatments by way of higher co-payments, deductibles or coinsurance.

Often, many of the newest and most effective cancer treatments are only available in oral form. HB 2078 makes Arizona the 32nd state to offer cost parity for oral anticancer drugs.

“We owe medical professionals and researchers a great deal of gratitude; they are a growing part of our economy,” said Gov. Brewer. “I also thank the state legislature for getting the bill to my desk.”

HB 2078 received extensive support from the Fair Access to Cancer Treatment Coalition and from legislators as the bill sailed through both the Arizona House and Senate, in committees and on the floor, with unanimous votes every step of the way.

Other legislators that were key players in the passage of HB 2078 were Sen. Adam Driggs (LD28), Sen. Nancy Barto (LD15) and Sen. Anna Tovar (LD19).

Rep. Heather Carter said, “I am proud of the support this bill received, it shows that putting the patient first is truly what matters. The fact that this may literally save lives is one of the many reasons representatives do the things we do.”

Located in Scottsdale’s “Cure Corridor,” the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare and Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute are known throughout the southwest for personalized cancer care and an innovative combination of community oncology services and genomic cancer research in partnership with leading physicians and scientists.

“Patients want convenient access to care and world class treatment, personalized care and results,” said Tom Sadvary, CEO, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network. “The passage of HB 2078 helps create equity for access to these needed medications.”

Numerous patient advocacy groups and medical providers came together to work with Rep. Carter in passing this legislation including: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, International Myeloma Foundation, AZ Cancer Coalition, Scottsdale Healthcare, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, Latino Cancer Coalition, Banner Health, Oncology Nurses Society, ICAN – International Cancer Advocacy Network, TACOS – The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society, Arizona Oncology, ACCC, Komen (Central/Northern AZ Affiliate and Southern AZ Affiliate), North Country HealthCare, The National CML Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona Myeloma Network, and AIM at Melanoma.

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare offers comprehensive cancer treatment and research through clinical trials, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support services in collaboration with leading scientific researchers and community oncologists. The Scottsdale Healthcare cancer program holds Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Scottsdale Healthcare is an affiliate of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, and includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers and the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center listed in ‘100 Great Hospitals’

Becker’s Hospital Review recognizes organizations’ medical advancements and value to communities

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center was recently named one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America” by healthcare industry trade publication Becker’s Hospital Review.

With its selection of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, the editorial team from Becker’s noted several positives including surgical expertise, patient safety, education and research capabilities.

Editors also highlighted the hospital’s orthopedic programs and involvement in drug development research through the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute, which led to new treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer and basal cell carcinoma being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center is one of the economic anchors of the city of Scottsdale’s Cure Corridor along Shea Boulevard near Loop 101. The 433-bed medical center is designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“This recognition is for the dedicated team of physicians, staff, volunteers and leaders who provide the care, support, research and resources that make honors like this possible,” said Gary Baker, chief executive officer of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. “We do not go about our work seeking these recognitions; it is truly a byproduct of the wonderful team that provides care in this community.”

To develop its list, the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated reputable hospital resources such as Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, American Nurses Credentialing Center, The LeapFrog Group and other resources.

“Defining a hospital today, let alone a great hospital, has become an unusual sort of challenge. A hospital is no longer just a facility where people go to have a baby or undergo surgery. It’s become an organization that coordinates care for the masses and ensures patients stay healthy in the future,” editors noted in announcing the 2014 “100 Great Hospitals in America” list.

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, each listed institution has a rich history, strong credentials and a growing focus on how to best care for patients in an era of reform. “These organizations have played home to some of the greatest medical advancements in U.S. healthcare history, and they are also the bastions of their respective communities—serving the roles of academic hubs or local mainstays,” said Becker’s editors.

Scottsdale Healthcare is an affiliate of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, and includes Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers and the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute. More: www.shc.org.