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Abrazo expanding health care access to Arizona veterans

Abrazo Health CEO Michele Finney (Twitter photo/@AbrazoHealth)

Military veterans in Arizona will soon find Abrazo Health more accessible for health care services.

The Phoenix Business Journal reports Abrazo's parent company, Tenet Healthcare Corp. (based in Dallas), recently struck a deal with Phoenix-based TriWest Healthcare Alliance to give veterans more opportunities to receive health care in Arizona, California, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

The deal is seen as a step in the right direction to help alleviate some of the wait times at Veterans Affairs hospitals in the aforementioned states.

The move is part of the VA's Patient Centered Community Care Program, which allows TriWest, as a contracted provider, to partner with health systems such as Tenet to provide health services to veterans under certain circumstances, said Michele Finney, the new CEO of Abrazo Health.

Finney also said TriWest will be able to authorize services at all Abrazo facilities.

The Phoenix Business Journal also said that Tenet Healthcare is making a $100 million investment in Abrazo's information technology infrastructure in Arizona -- including electronic medical records and an upgrade of clinical and financial systems.

Abrazo Health operates six acute care hospitals and two emergency centers throughout the Valley, as well as a network of primary care and specialty physicians.

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