TEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals search for a head c

first_imgTEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals’ search for a head coach is ongoing, and Thursday the team interviewed Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for the vacant position.“It was exciting,” Gruden told the media following the interview. “It was great to meet Mr. Bidwill and his brother and of course the whole process has been exciting — it’s my first time going through it obviously and I’m very excited about it.” Gruden just finished up his second season as the Bengals’ offensive mastermind, and talked about his decision to shun interview opportunities a year ago.“The Brown family gave me an opportunity to be an offensive coordinator and I didn’t want to jump ship after the first phone call,” Gruden said. “I wanted to go in there and see Andy Dalton progress another year and see A.J. Green progress another year and see what we could do.”What the Bengals did with Gruden’s help was qualify for the NFL playoffs for the second straight season — something Cincinnati has done only once before in its 45-year existence. But Gruden didn’t take the credit for that accomplishment.“It’s a great situation in Cincinnati,” he said. “But I still feel like we underachieved a little bit on offense and we have to do a lot better up there. But to even be thought of as a head coach candidate is a great honor and I appreciate the Bidwills taking a chance.”Gruden doesn’t have any NFL head coaching experience, but he has been the top man in two other leagues. In the Arena Football League, Gruden guided the Orlando Predators for nine seasons, compiling a 93-61 record and winning two league championships. He also served as the head coach of the Florida Tuskers in the United Football League in 2010, but didn’t use those experiences as proof that he’s ready to be a head coach in the NFL. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Of course, that’s not something that Gruden has to worry about just yet. He’s only talked with the Cardinals at this point and confirmed that his agent has scheduled an interview with the Philadelphia Eagles next week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Probably not a lot,” Gruden responded when asked how NFL teams should value his AFL coaching experience. “Other than the fact that I had to deal with salary caps, I had to deal with flights, I had to deal with hotels, I had to deal with a guy’s pregnant wife or whatever. There’s a lot of issues you have to deal with when you have 27 guys — now there’s 53 guys and a lot more assistants, but there’s always those issues you have to deal with.“If you can manage people and coach them up and get them to play hard and work hard for you, then you’ve got a chance, no matter what profession you’re in.”Of course, the 900-pound gorilla in the room for any head coaching candidate that comes to town to meet with the Cardinals is the quarterback situation. The team went through four starting quarterbacks for the first time in franchise history and that alone had a lot to do with their dismal 5-11 record.“There are a lot of teams looking for quarterbacks right now like Tom Brady, and there’s not many of them out there,” Gruden said. “It’s important to try to develop somebody you have in-house or continue to look for a quality, top-notch guy and if you don’t have that guy, then you have to develop the skill-set the guys you have have.”last_img read more

HighDeductible Plans Drive Hospital Changes

first_img USA Today: Oscar Uses Tech To Make Consumers Less Grouchy About Healthcare High-deductible plans are changing the way health systems interact with their patients, from where they get care to how they’re presented with their bills. The changing healthcare environment was a significant focus of the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s annual National Institute this week in Orlando, Fla. (Kutscher, 6/24) High-Deductible Plans Drive Hospital Changes The plans, which shift more costs onto patients, are changing how health systems interact with their customers, reports Modern Healthcare. Meanwhile, The New York Times profiles how the pursuit of cash is affecting the development of new gene tests. And USA Today profiles the creation of an app that promises to improve the experience of health care calls and claims-paying. Modern Healthcare: High-Deductible Plans Change How Hospitals Interact With Patients This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.center_img Oscar’s website and app hammers that point home. Signing up is as easy as answering a few multiple choice questions. There are discounts for being active, which is tracked by a free wearable. Customers get two free primary care visits a year and free generic drugs. All plans are the same, except that a higher premium gets you a lower deductible. As for doctor responsiveness, [co-founder Joshua] Kushner – a Manhattan real estate scion whose brother, Jared, is married to Ivanka Trump – taps the Oscar app to request a call from his doctor, then minutes later grins as his physician’s voice comes on the line. (della Cava, 6/24) The New York Times: Pursuit Of Cash Taints Promise Of Gene Tests The story of Renaissance offers a view inside the intoxicating brew of hype and hope in the field of genetic testing. All over the country, labs and research firms are popping up, eager to study strands of DNA to better identify who is at risk for developing a disease, to guide existing treatments and to develop new ones. But the troubles at Renaissance speak volumes about how difficult it is for Medicare and private insurers to keep up with the proliferation of tests being offered. (Abelson and Creswell, 6/24) last_img read more